BY JAMES HARPER
The Volusia County Health Department in conjunction with the Volusia Transportation Planning Organization and the City of Daytona Beach will be hosting a workshop that will focus on short-term and long-term improvements to sidewalks and streets in Midtown.
The workshop will be held at the Dickerson Activity Center on May 2 from 8:30 to 3 p.m. The workshop will have a maximum of 30 participants and residents interested in participating must contact organizers by April 25.
Participants of the workshop will take part in an actual walking tour of Midtown, which will go west down Orange Avenue, south down Keech Street, and then east down South Street. It will start at the Dickerson center and end at Turie T. Small Elementary.
Transit on list of concerns
Dr. Celeste Philip, assistant director of Public Health, Volusia County Health Department, said this study will help improve nutrition and physical activity options for residents as well.
“The walking tour is a great opportunity to work with the community to identify conditions in our environment that we can improve,” Philip said.
Discussion during the workshop will center on land-use and transportation connections, creating linkages and gateways, use of public space, connections with transit, safety issues and accessibility concerns.
Other issues for discussion will include intersection designs, bike facilities, pedestrian crossings, safe routes to schools, elderly and handicapped access, access management, traffic calming along with design standards and guidelines.
EPA helped to fund project
Daytona Beach received assistance in the development of walking tour from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA announced earlier this year that the city was among 56 communities eligible for part of a $750,000 Smart Growth Assistance program.
The purpose of the walking tour is to help form a vision for short and long-term improvements to sidewalks and streets in Midtown, the predominantly Black population of the city.
Technical experts will work with Daytona Beach on actions they can take to improve the economy, the environment, and quality of life.
Some examples may include improving pedestrian access and safety, incorporating green infrastructure or conducting an economic and fiscal health assessment.
The goal of the assistance is to help communities across the country create more housing choices, make transportation more efficient and reliable, reinforce existing investments, and support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses.
The working group will help to identify next steps relative to implementing key recommendations from the workshop.
Residents interested in participating in the workshop should contact Suzanne Grubbs at 386-274-0695 or via e-mail at Suzanne_Grubbs@doh.state.fl.us.