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One Year Audit of Revitalization Activities Planners Action Team February, 2005 Acknowledgements The Planners Action Team would like to thank the entire community of the Old East Village for allowing us to work with them in their revitalization efforts. Having worked throughout the province of Ontario, the PACT can honestly say that this community is a special one. It is the community’s determination, energy and drive to revitalize the Old East Village Corridor that will ultimately “win the
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     February, 2005 Planners Action Team One Year Audit of Revitalization Activities    Renaissance in the Old East Village - 1 Acknowledgements The Planners Action Team would like to thank the entire community of the Old East Village for allowing us towork with them in their revitalization efforts. Having worked throughout the province of Ontario, the PACTcan honestly say that this community is a special one. It is the community’s determination, energy and driveto revitalize the Old East Village Corridor that will ultimately “win the day”. We thank you for the friendshipswe have made, the experiences that we have been part of and the privilege of working in your outstandingcommunity.Not wanting to leave out any groups from our list, we will refrain from identifying specific organizations andindividuals from the community that have assisted the PACT in its processes. Pre-meeting communications,meeting hall accommodations, organizational logistics, food and beverage preparation and provision (for both the PACT and the Public) were all contributed to the PACT by members of the community. Thank youso very much for all that you have done to make this process a fantastic experience. Special thanks go outto the Community Association for their support and many contributions throughout this process. We wouldbe remiss if we did not specifically thank Clarke Bryan for the use of Aeolian Hall to host Public Meetingsand the membership of Centennial United Church, Galleria Mall and the Palace Theatre for the use of their meeting rooms. We would also like to specifically thank the City of London and their Planning andDevelopment Staff who provided meeting space, printing services and significant amounts of their time tosupport this initiative. The PACT is very appreciative for the focus group work done by Virginia Sauve of Portal’s Educational Consulting Services.The PACT was inspired by, and derived from, the Southwest District (SWOD) Executive of OPPI. Throughthis process which began 4+ years ago, SWOD has always been very supportive – including funding supportwhich enabled us to carry out our Charette and audit activities. Similarly, we extend our appreciation toOPPI who have been supportive in a variety of ways. Without these two groups, PACT would not exist andthis work would not have been completed.Special thanks go out to the Old East Village BIA. Their leadership (Phil Singeris and Sarah Merritt) and allstaff and members of the BIA are tremendously devoted to their community and the revitalization initiative.Their relentless energy and commitment are infectious. It is what drew us to the Old East Village in the firstinstance, and what allowed this project to become as successful as it has to date.Thanks go to PACT members John Fleming, Maureen Zunti and Leona Cunningham who wrote andassmebled this report. Thanks also go to PACT members Michael Hannay, Jeff Leunissen and Ian Seddonfor their editorial contributions. Many thanks to the Eastern Bloc Collective and the Old East Village BIA for supplying many photographs for this report – these photos are an outstanding reflection of the renaissancethat is occurring in Old East.As a group, the PACT has fluctuated in membership throughout the past 4+ years. Collectively, we estimatethat approximately 1,500 hours of time have been put into this project, free of charge, within this 4 year period. Our April, 2003 document lists all of those that were involved in preparing the initial revitalizationplan. Their efforts were key and have not been forgotten! Below is a list of PACT members whoparticipated in the One Year Audit:: Chair, Michael Hannay MCIP, RPP – Principal, Urban DesignCoordinator, John Fleming MCIP, RPP – Manager, Land Use Planning Policy, City of LondonJeff Leunissen, MCIP, RPP – Senior Planner, City of LondonRichard Zelinka – MCIP, RPP – Principal, Zelinka PriamoCathy Saunders – MCIP, RPP – Manager of Planning, Township of Middlesex CentreMaureen Jones – MCIP, RPP – Senior Planner, Stantec Consulting Leona Cunningham – Policy Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food Ian Seddon – MCIP, RPP – Principal, Ian Seddon Planning ServicesPaul Hicks – MCIP, OPPI (provisional) – Planner, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing David Hall – Principal – David Hall Associates      Renaissance in the Old East Village - 2 Contents Acknowledgements.....................................................................................................................................1Contents ......................................................................................................................................................2Summary of Accomplishments .................................................................................................................3Summary of PACT Recommendations......................................................................................................41.0 Renaissance in London’s Old East Village .......................................................................................62.0 Background...........................................................................................................................................72.1 Purpose of the Planners Action Team Audit........................................................................72.2 Background Summary............................................................................................................72.3 A Description of the PACT Audit Process............................................................................93.0 What We Said : What They Did.........................................................................................................103.1 Improve the Desirability of the Surrounding Neighbourhood..........................................103.2 Strengthen the Connection Between the Community and the Corridor..........................233.3 Create a Village Core and Concentrate Revitalization Efforts There...............................253.4 Support the Transition of the Remainder of the Corridor.................................................323.5 Develop Entertainment, Recreation and Arts Opportunities............................................344.0 Community Feelings..........................................................................................................................365.0 Performance Measures .....................................................................................................................416.0 The Critical Role of the BIA ..............................................................................................................457.0 Property Owners on the Corridor.....................................................................................................488.0 Summary of Recommendations ......................................................................................................49    Renaissance in the Old East Village - 3 Summary of Accomplishments   The Planners Action Team were absolutely astounded by the multitude of accomplishments thathad taken place in the neighbourhood and on the corridor in such a short period of time. Keystakeholders in the community “stepped up to the plate” in a big way. Investments of time,money and many other resources have been devoted to the area and it’s becoming clear toeveryone that the Old East Village has tremendous value. The community has becomegalvanized around these initiatives and has taken firm hold of their own community. They desirerevitalization and they are working very hard to achieve it from a grass roots level. Meanwhile, anarts, culture and heritage theme is emerging as a focal point for revitalization. These are beingrevealed as key strengths of the Village and forces are culminating to celebrate these strengthsand clearly illustrate them to the wider community.A significant amount of ground work has been executed that have put in place the foundation for revitalization. This is important and difficult work that typically takes much longer than it hastaken in the Old East Village – a testament to the community and good evidence that theprospects for revitalization are very good. Recommendation/Accomplishment Status * Accomplishments vs. Plan Re-develop Queens ParkInitiatedShort of planned progress.Improve Carson LibraryInitiatedShort of planned progress.Enforce Property Standards and Parking By-lawCompletedExceeded planned progress.Improve Ongoing Maintenance of Public RealmProgressExceeded planned progress.Dedicate a Person at City Hall as LiaisonCompletedExceeded planned progress.Move up the Timing of Heritage Conservation DistrictCompletedExceeded planned progressInstall Video Surveillance CamerasDialogueExceeded planned progress.Improve New Western Fair Parking LotCompletedMet planned progress.Work to Retain Aeolian HallCompletedExceeded planned progress.Western Fair Initiatives (see report)ProgressExceeded planned progress.Garden ClubCompletedExceeded planned progress.New Community AssnProgressExceeded planned progressACO Geranium WalkCompletedExceeded planned progressReturn Queens Ave to 2-WayDialogueShort of planned progressAllow Southbound Left Turns Onto DundasDialogueShort of planned progressFocus Biz Recruitment on Community NeedsDialogueMet planned progressDevelop Buy At Home ProgramDialogueExceeded planned progressEstablish Goals and Policies for Village CoreCompletedExceeded planned progressChange Zoning Applied to Village CoreCompletedExceeded planned progressEnhance the Incentive Package for CoreCompletedExceeded planned progressDevelop Convert to Rent ProgramCompletedExceeded planned progressDevelop BIA Recruitment ProgramInitiatedExceeded planned progressEstablish a Business Retention ProgramDialogueMet planned progressImprove Physical Linkages from ParkingNoneMet planned progressDevelop Strategic Marketing ProgramsDialogueMet planned progressEstablish Goals and Policies for Village Annex &Trans.CompletedExceeded planned progressEnhance Incentives in Annex and TransitionCompletedExceeded planned progressWork to Retain Aeolian HallCompletedExceeded planned progressSeek Out Controversial Arts and EntertainmentNoneMet planned progressDisplay Art in Vacant Window SpacesInitiatedExceeded planned progressOrganize and Promote Art-oriented EventsProgressExceeded planned progress *D efinitions of terms used within this column are provided within the body of this report.  
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