Gilpin Court & Jackson Ward

Jackson Ward Community Plan

The Jackson Ward Community Plan brings Gilpin Court and Jackson Ward residents, planning experts, elected officials, and community members together to reach an informed, shared vision for the future of the neighborhood.

Upon submission to HUD at the end of 2023, Community Plan will be a living document that will be organized and designed to act as a guide for community empowerment and a road map for continued planning and action.


Updates


Community Engagement

Get involved! Join us in developing actionable strategies to improve distressed public housing and address the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood.

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Gilpin Court Resident Assessment

This confidential survey will collect resident input on various topics and identify ways to address those ideas in the context of the Jackson Ward Community Plan.

This survey includes questions about you and members of your household and will touch on topics of income, employment, education, health and wellness, housing, and others. Please be assured that your answers have no impact on your current or future housing status at Gilpin Court.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Engagement Activities Glossary

Working Groups

Topic-specific groups charged with developing and reviewing content for the Community Plan. Their feedback will be incorporated into the Community Plan and guided by community input which will be collected in many ways—from surveys to large group meetings, table talks, pop-ups, and block walks. 

  • Neighborhood Working Group
  • People Working Group
  • Housing Working Group

Town Halls

The planning team will provide updates on the process in a large format meeting where community members will have an opportunity to ask questions, provide input during each phase of the planning process, and engage with the design and development of the final community plan.

Table Talks

Smaller groups of specific populations (youth, seniors, mothers, etc.) gather together to discuss issues they face in the community and would like to address through the planning process.

Pop-Ups

Small-scale activities where community members can engage with the planning team about the Community Plan and other activities happening in Jackson Ward.

Block Walks

Residents and community leaders will lead small groups throughout Gilpin Court and Jackson Ward focusing on specific topic areas (housing, open space, transportation, current development, business improvement areas, etc.) to discuss items of concern, identify and suggest areas of improvement, and create a framework of understanding between residents and the planning team.

Plan Design Workshops

Interactive meetings where community members work with the planning team to generate ideas, define goals and a vision for the neighborhood, discuss design alternatives, and provide feedback as the plan develops.


Vision

Core Objectives

Made possible by a HUD Choice Neighborhoods planning grant, this community-driven initiative is focused on 3 core objectives: Neighborhood, People, and Housing.

Neighborhood

Create opportunities for private and public investments in Jackson Ward to offer amenities and assets that are important to the community.

People

Improve outcomes for those living in Gilpin Court and Jackson Ward related to areas such as income, employment, education, health, and health services.

Housing

Replace distressed public housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is responsive to the needs of residents in both Gilpin Court and the Jackson Ward neighborhood.

Map of Jackson Ward Community Plan project area

Reimagining Gilpin Court

This initiative involves planning around the transformation of public and HUD-assisted housing. While centered around the future redevelopment of Gilpin Court, the planning activities for neighborhood investment will extend to the greater Jackson Ward community. 

These strategies will be based on community input and may include plans for:

  • Market-responsive mixed-income housing and new community amenities
  • Energy-efficient, sustainable, healthy, and accessible housing units
  • Infill development and re-purposing of deteriorated structures
  • Infrastructure improvements & neighborhood beautification (streets, sidewalks, lighting, parks, etc.)
  • Business development and retention
  • Improved access to workforce development, education, and health services

Jackson Ward Projects

The Choice planning process for the Jackson Ward Community Plan is an opportunity to synthesize the many efforts around Jackson Ward. View the Story Map below or open in a new window.


Partners

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