The thinkEAST team led a nine-month community engagement process to shape the future of a 24-acre site in East Austin. This process included over 300 meetings with residents, stakeholders, and artists and culminated in a Living Charrette during Fusebox Festival in April of 2015. This input played a central role in shaping an early draft of the full site plan, which was presented on Tuesday, June 23rd at a public meeting at Allan Elementary School in the Govalle Neighborhood.
Representatives from landscape architecture firm TBG, Fusebox Festival, and the City of Austin presented and discussed early concept plans with around forty participants. After the engagement process and Living Charrette, the themes of community health, food access, open space, education & training, cultural diversity, creative work/studio/performance space, and affordability emerged as central priorities (for more information about Charrette feedback, see this page). The plan reflects these priorities by including nine acres of open space including spaces for community gardens and markets, a potential wellness clinic, a mixed-income residential development that will include affordable housing units, a variety of spaces for artists to work and exhibit/perform in, and community spaces for neighborhood gatherings and celebrations.
After sharing the site concept plan, residents and stakeholders exchanged ideas and gave feedback. Discussion topics included traffic concerns, how to ensure diversity in the permanent built environment, and different strategies to ensure we continue to include community in this process. This feedback plays a crucial role in the process and will help shape the next iteration of site plan and fuel additional strategies for achieving thinkEAST’s core goals. The next public meeting will take place in September of 2015. If you or your organization would like to learn more about what's happening at thinkEAST, please contact the project team and join the thinkEAST email list.
thinkEAST partners: This public/private partnership includes developers and thinkEAST property owners Richard deVarga and Robert Summers; Fusebox Festival, Bullseye Business Development, the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, TBG, and QBLRE.