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Next Tuesday, the Pensacola City Council, acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), will hold a workshop to begin discussions regarding the redevelopment of the vacant city-owned property at 9th Avenue and Romana Street in downtown Pensacola, also known as the Hawkshaw property.

Following the CRA workshop, a public meeting and community charrette will be held to collect citizen input related to the redevelopment of the 2.2 acre property.

The workshop and public charrette will be facilitated by Rob Robinson, Chairman of Urban Design Associates. Urban Design Associates is an urban design and architecture practice headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. The firm received a $25,000 city contract this year to hold “facilitated community workshops” in hopes of jump-starting the development of the so-called Hawkshaw property in downtown Pensacola.

The Hawkshaw property has remained vacant since the mid-1990s, when the Aragon Court housing projects were demolished. Over the past ten years, Pensacola’s city council has tried — and failed — to develop the property at least three times. Last August, council members voted abruptly to reject three development proposals for the site.

Want to go?

WHEN: Tuesday, March 29, 2016, beginning at 3:30 P.M.,

WHERE: Hagler Mason Conference Room, 2nd Floor of City Hall, 222 West Main Street.

WHAT: The purpose of the workshop is for CRA Board Members to initiate discussion regarding redevelopment goals and criteria for the property at 9th Avenue and Romana Street (Hawkshaw property).

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