City planners hope to use ice cream to solicit lots of feedback for a revitalization plan for the area that includes the former Fraser Paper Mill and the Olde Downtown area near Elm Street and Central Avenue.
The ice cream social will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 1 E. Central Ave.
City officials and consultants from OHM Advisors will be on hand to ask questions about what residents would like to see developed in the area. The event is free and open to the public.
“We want to ask questions such as: ‘what would you most like to see in West Carrollton?’ or ‘what would make you visit Olde Downtown area?’” said Jason Sudy, a senior planner with OHM Advisors. Sudy said the planners also hope to understand more about that historical aspects of this area of the community.
In addition to gathering feedback, the organizers hope the “pop-up social” also serves as an example of what’s possible for successful redevelopment in the area.
The study is being funded by a grant from the Montgomery County Land Bank.
“The overall goal is to enhance the desirability of the downtown as a destination,” said Greg Gaines, West Carrollton planning director.
“This project will help us to articulate an economically-viable, market-based, sustainable vision for redevelopment of the Fraser Paper site and Olde Downtown area, which we will in turn use to attract a private development partner to implement that vision.”
Public comments will also be accepted through the website https://oldedowntown-wc.com/