Sunday, July 29, 2007

Neighbors' input sought on uses for Adams School

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=123504

The Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization has actively sought community input on the topic of the Adams School re-use over the last year. In October 2006, the MHNO held a brainstorming session about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the site. In addition, community members were asked to begin formulating a vision for this 1.5-acre site located in the heart of our neighborhood. Recurring themes on the vision for Adams School included live/work space, a community center, community gardens, a produce market, park/plaza/piazza space, a playground, artist studio space, and a space for community nonprofits. The importance of this space being a part of our community is integral to our discussions. As we look to the future use of Adams School, we envision a space that strengthens our community, maintains the current diversity of social and economic groups, encourages self-sufficiency and enriches our neighborhood. In fact, the MHNO was formed almost 30 years ago to nurture and protect these values. We encourage neighbors to continue to present their ideas to the MHNO and to attend our meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at 92 Congress St., where the Adams School Re-Use Committee will present its recommendations and be looking to us -- to you -- for input again. We will continue to debate the future of the former school until we find the best solution for our neighborhood.
Colleen Bedard
President
Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization
Portland

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