A team from the OU Institute for Quality Communities (IQC) will spend two days working with community members to develop recommendations to reshape Downtown Vinita in ways that improve our social ties, environment, and economy.
Tuesday, November 14
3:00pm – 5:30pm; Vinita City Hall, City Council Room | WALKING TOUR OF DOWTOWN VINITA
Join the IQC TEAM and VINITA HOST TEAM for a walking tour through Downtown Vinita. Get a firsthand look at features in the space, and learn what will be some of the topics brought up during the DesignWorks Event.
The walking route will begin and end at City Hall and stop at these locations:
The old Safeway parking lot (Scraper St. and Illinois Ave.). The future site of a civic center and other improvements.
Logan and Lowry Law Offices (Wilson St. and Illinois Ave.). Tour the second floor.
Villa Lofts Project (Wilson St. and Canadian Ave.). Currently undergoing a historic renovation for senior apartments.
Lady Bugs Boutique and Hiseley Corner Development (Vann St. and Canadian Ave.). Retail renovation of an early Vinita fire station and a new quarter-block area being rehabilitated for commercial development.
The Junction Development (mid-block Wilson St. in downtown). Tour the second floor.
5:30pm to finish; Vinita City Hall, City Council Room | IQC TEAM MEET & GREET, EVENT SUMMARY, “PLACE GAME” ACTIVITY
Officially meet the IQC TEAM. IQC TEAM will explain their efforts in Vinita and demonstrate community planning activism
Wednesday, November 15
Note: After an early breakfast, IQC TEAM is given a DRIVING TOUR of the greater Vinita area (from 8:00am to 10:00am), to help the IQC TEAM to orient themselves to how Vinita’s roads infrastructure connects the downtown and with other assets of the community (for example, its school system, its system of parks, its hospital and other health-related services, its industrial development sites, its other retail centers)
12:00pm – 1:00pm; Craig County Community Center, Welch Room | “BRING YOUR OWN” BROWN BAG LUNCH
4:00pm to finish; Craig County Community, Welch Room | IQC TEAMWRAP-UP, EVENT SUMMARY, WHAT’S NEXT