(Brooksville, FL) The Hernando County Planning Department received a “Grassroots Initiative Award” from the Florida Planning & Zoning Association (FPZA) for the 2014 Planning Awards recognizing the plan for the Kass Circle Neighborhood Revitalization Project. Go to the County’s YouTube page at http://youtu.be/lPmxKlFNv78 to view an animation of the conceptual design.
The Kass Circle-area is a mixed residential community centered near Spring Hill’s first shopping center, built in 1967. Structural aging, increased traffic, and transitioning neighborhoods have contributed to the decline of the area. The goal of the project was to provide a revitalization plan for the Kass Circle-area that will enhance the neighborhood and community function of the business district.
The Hernando County Planning Department received a $20,000 grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to design a revitalization plan for Kass Circle. In partnership with the University of South Florida Center for Community Design & Research, the County held two public workshops to gain community input on a vision for the area. Approximately 100 business leaders, residents and property owners participated in these workshops to identify opportunities to enhance economic development, pedestrian safety, access, walkability, visual character and livability standards. These efforts led to a Kass Circle community cleanup event which drew 35 volunteers who collected 2,300 pounds of trash.
“It’s really the Kass Circle community who won this award,” said County Planner Pat McNeese, AICP. “They are the ones who participated in the workshops and led the cleanup, bringing this plan to life.”
For more information about the Kass Circle Revitalization Project, please visit www.hernandocounty.us/plan/KassCircleProject.asp.
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