City Leaders Want Your Input to Make Lubbock Better - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/23/04

City Leaders Want Your Input to Make Lubbock Better

City leaders want your help in bettering neighborhoods in Central Lubbock. On Thursday night citizens will get the chance to voice their wants, needs and concerns to better their neighborhoods.

A revitalization project that includes the heart of the Hub City, an area that isn't growing as fast as South Lubbock, and one that some say is in need of a face lift.

From streets, to parks, to schools, to housing, neighborhoods in Central Lubbock could use a little attention. "Two years ago when I ran for office I was listening to the neighborhoods," says City Councilman Gary Boren, and that's where this project got drafted.

Boren may be leading this effort, but he says this isn't a City plan, rather it's a citizen driven project. "We're looking at ways, plans anything we can do to provide stability to our neighborhoods. Speed bumps, deed restrictions, culdesacs, anything we can do give better code enforcement to protect the houses. To increase home ownership, to work with the school district on our schools to stabilize the area then do the things that will bring more young families back into our older neighborhoods in Lubbock," Boren says.

Boren says that will create a safer Lubbock and possibly even lower taxes. So they've called in consulting assistance to evaluate the land and help respond to the needs. "We hope to identify programs that might help with financial aid, regulatory issues and code enforcement, zoning and things like that beautification parks and open space that will make the area more attractive," said Lee Sammons, Senior Vice President of Hammer Siler George and Associon.

There's a public town hall meeting Thursday night at the Monterey High School Auditorium. That's located at 3211 47th Street from 7 to 9. Residents from Lubbock's core neighborhoods are encouraged to come, and voice their concerns, so our older neighborhoods don't deteriorate like Overton did.

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