Public Meeting | Thursday, march 16 6pm
Eight Avenue Baptist Church, 1200 West Eight
One of eight meeting to be held to discuss the who, what, and why for the May 9th Ballot
Town Hall Meeting
Introducing Phase II of the Citizen's Plan and Strategy
Go Forward Pine Bluff pushes for tax campaign
Go Forward Pine Bluff has drafted a proposal to renew a five-eighth-cent tax that funds its projects and add a three-eighth-cent tax earmarked for public safety.
Go Forward CEO Ryan Watley met with council members and Mayor Shirley Washington on Thursday for the first of two meetings designed to gauge their thoughts on a campaign to ask voters for the additional sales tax to supplement the current tax approved in 2017.
Speaking with the city leaders over pizza and drinks inside the Du Bocage House on Fouth Avenue, Watley presented them with a 20-page draft of projects completed and funded by the original Go Forward tax along with action steps under each pillar of the private-public partnership.
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Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency looks at tasks in year ahead
The Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency announced its 2023 agency operating plan earlier this month. Submitted by executive director Chandra Griffin, she stated several commitments were delivered in 2022 and noted the first of the year was stalled because of approval delays of the 2022 budget.
“City council approved budgets in late January of 2022 and PBURA hit the ground running,” said Griffin.
Accomplishments for 2022 included: Proposed downtown housing at Walnut Street to Pine Street, Third Avenue to Fourth Avenue completion of survey, appraisal, Phase I and Phase II environmental studies, geotech and architect work by way of requests for quotes. This project is ready to move forward with a potential developer.
Plan of action in place for downtown stabilization between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue of Main Street. Level5 Architecture presented findings and estimated cost for stabilizing buildings. Prioritizing the buildings that need immediate attention has been completed and Level5 has applied for Historic Preservation Grants.