On October 18th, 2012, 35 people attended the Source the Station meetup at Mahanaim School.
Ryan Porter and Sean Mclean of Renaissance Downtowns updated the crowd on the development, and Source the Station community liaison Erika Forland provided an update on an October 4 business owners meeting, an October 4 clergy meeting; the October 6-7 Huntington Fall Festival; an October 11 SHPL public meeting; and the October 14 Hispanic Heritage Celebration.
Source the Station membership stood at 414.
The top Source the Station contributors for August were Harry Burger, Kimberly Hawkins and Nancy Berg, with the RSVP winner being Kathy Kuthy. See them in the Source the Station Hall of Fame!
The Retail Campaign ending October 31st with the top 5 ideas over 50 Likes earning feasibility studies stood at:
• Book shop, café, and performance space: 48 likes
• Railroad Station Retail Cluster: 42 Likes
• Restaurant Row: 42 Likes
• Fresh Fruit and Veggies Stand: 41 Likes
• Coffeehouse: 36 Likes
The Public Destination Campaign ending December 15 with the top 3 ideas over 75 Likes earning feasibility studies stood at:
• Community Center: 23 Likes
• Bike Lanes: 20 Likes
• Sprinkler Park: 18 Likes
• The Centre at Huntington Station: 18 Likes
• Walkable Main Street: 18 Likes
• Community Gardens: 16 Likes
• Job Training Center in Arts and Technology: 15 Likes
The Downtown Living Campaign ending December 15 with the top 2 Ideas over 100 Likes receiving feasibility studies stood at:
• Apartments above storefronts: 24 Likes
• Attainably-priced homes for young people: 22 Likes
Kimberly Hawkins presented her support for the The Centre at Huntington Station idea and Kathy Kuthy presented her support on behalf of the Community Center idea.
The attendees then chose three Public Destinations ideas around which they would breakout groups discussions for:
• The Centre at Huntington Station
• Bike Lanes
• Upgraded Train Station
For the full minutes detailing what each breakout group came up with, download it here.
Member announcements included:
• It was proposed that the Centre and the Community Center be connected and the use of bike paths would run between them.
• It was suggested that Renaissance order lawn signs for community members as well as have more of a presence in the community in terms of signs and brochures.
• Elissa Oransky announced the creation of her forum to get the word out about Source the Station. It is found at: http://www.sourcethestation.com/groups/general- discussion/forum/topic/spread-the-word/
• The Mahanaim School invited members to hear a mini-concert in the Wood Room featuring musical performances by their student musicians.
Download the full meetup minutes here.
Name: Source the Station
We the members of Bristol Rising are crowdsourcing the market for the triple-bottom-line public, commercial and residential amenities that we‚Äôd like to see in the downtown!
Our mission is to represent the future downtown community of Bristol, Connecticut throughout its revitalization. Our goal is to create a vibrant destination that is economically, socially and environmentally beneficial to our culture and economy, where thousands of members work together in making it the best place in the country to be!
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