Exciting Update on the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative

Choice Neighborhoods New Bern

Transformation – Progress Continues

New Bern’s Choice Neighborhoods planning team has been hard at work putting together the draft plan to make the Greater Five Points “neighborhood of neighborhoods” a better place to live, work, worship, play, and raise a family. The Draft Transformation Plan is now ready for your review and comments at ChoiceNewBern.com

By the Numbers:  how was the plan developed?    

Nearly 150 local residents, community stakeholders, faith leaders businesses, nonprofits and agencies participated in this collaborative effort

Over 500 surveys were completed by community residents to establish priorities

8 different working groups looked at a wide range of neighborhood improvements

Over 60 multi-hour planning sessions were held

Over 300 people attended Choice Community Day to provide feedback

Over 80 organizations have contributed as sponsors, donors, or working group members

Here’s the mini draft . . . “Keys to Our Success:”

Empower Our Community

Pride of place, Celebration of heritage, Community safety, Knowledge of  resources and assets

Invest In Our Children

Ready for kindergarten, Student support, Parental engagement

Realize Our Economic Potential

Community-wide wealth creation, Career and workforce readiness, Vacant land reuse

Expand Housing Opportunities

Craven Terrace renovation, Trent Court redevelopment, Rehabbed and new neighborhood housing

Improve Neighborhood Connections

Connectivity and access, Walkability and bikeability, Expansion of public transportation

Encourage Community Wellness

Improved access to primary and preventative healthcare, Healthy lifestyles and wellness, Expanded recreational activities

What’s next?  We need your feedback!

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Read the Draft Transformation Plan on the website: ChoiceNewBern.com and make comments!

Stop by the Housing Authority or City Development Services to look at a copy.

For more information about New Bern’s Choice Neighborhoods, contact: Mickey Miller, Grant Coordinator, at 252-633-0800, ext. 30 or Tharesa Lee, People Planning Lead, at 252-633-0800, ext. 26

Submitted by: Tharesa Lee, Choice Neighborhoods New Bern