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U.S. EPA to facilitate Rocky Branch Greenway Design Charrette
Posted: July 10, 2017

U.S. EPA to facilitate Rocky Branch Greenway Design Charrette
 
The City of Columbia is one of six cities selected for technical assistance with sustainable design strategies under the U.S. EPA’s Greening America’s Communities (GAC) Program. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Greening America’s Communities program provides opportunities to identify growth and reinvestment in the neighborhood while protecting human health and the environment. The consultant team of McLeod Landscape Architects and MKSK will seek to aid the City with visualizing and developing implementable strategies to transform the neglected waterway into an asset that connects the Capital City Mill District and the Columbia community. The three-day charrette will assemble a multi-talented group that will provide varying viewpoints regarding the City’s needs in urban planning, economic development, environmental awareness, multi-modal mobility and community advocates. During the charrette, the team will lead discussions and propose design opportunities for the designated area of Rocky Branch with context placed on the Rocky Branch Greenway. Opportunities will include input and strategies to address storm water management, neighborhood connectivity, site benefits, site rehabilitation and neighborhood unity. 
 
During the charrette process, the consultants will solicit comment from focus groups and the public, inclusive of a public presentation and engagement on Tuesday, July 11th from 7:00-8:30 pm and a public open house on Thursday, July 13th from 12:30-2:00 pm.  All activities during the three-day charrette will be held at 701 Whaley in the Olympia Room (on the second floor).
 
The charrette will focus on five areas for detailed study, centered around the Dreyfus Road property owned by the City.  Maps of existing conditions and views of the following will be provided to inform and encourage discussion: a wetland overlook, a stream crossing, restoration of the Rocky Branch, a gathering space and neighborhood connections. 
 
WHAT:  U.S. EPA Greening America’s Communities Design Charrette for Rocky Branch Greenway
WHEN:  Public Presentation and Engagement, Tuesday, July 11th from 7:00-8:30 pm; Public Open House, Thursday, July 13th from 12:30-2:00 pm
WHERE:  701 Whaley Street, Olympia Room (2nd floor)
WHO:  Open to the public
 
For more information about the charrette, contact Leigh DeForth, Project Manager, at 803-545-4864 or [email protected].  For more information about the Greening America’s Communities program, visit https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/greening-americas-communities
 
 
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