The City of Geneva organizes another open space/connectivity planning workshop targeting the East Lakeview district | New

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GENEVA — Residents of Ward 6/East Lakeview are invited to another workshop focusing on possible improvements in the neighborhood.

And, they can also share pizza.

The Geneva Open Space and Connectivity Planning Project consulting team is hosting the workshop from 4-7pm on June 9 at the Courtyard Apartments Community Hall, 10 Goodman St.

The city said the goal was to get feedback on community wants and needs related to improving streets and sidewalks for walking, improving neighborhood parks and open spaces, repurposing the Lehigh Valley elevated rail line as a pedestrian path and creating safe and convenient ways to access the lakefront.

Participants can join a walking tour along Marsh Creek or come anytime.

“There will be opportunities to learn more about the background, funding and progress of the project, interactive group activities and opportunities for individual feedback,” the city said in a press release.

Liz Toner, the city’s community engagement and events coordinator, said the meeting “will provide updated information and an updated presentation of the proposals based on all the community input they’ve received and in collaboration with other community groups”.

Masks are encouraged and social distancing will be practiced, the city said.

The Open Space and Connectivity Strategy Planning Project is responsible for advancing a key element of the city’s open space and connectivity strategy as part of its state-approved revitalization plan for the northern brownfields opportunity zone. The city said “the project will assess feasibility and provide schematic designs for pedestrian connections between East Lakeview, the town center and the waterfront, including over/through rail lines and Routes 5 and 20 in conjunction with roadway reconfiguration, a rail-to-trail study for the inactive rail line between Lehigh Valley Depot and East North Street, a Marsh Creek Greenway concept, and associated cost estimates and environmental review.

The 430-acre North Brownfields Opportunity Zone extends from the northern city limit to the shore of Seneca Lake and generally from Street to the eastern city limit.

The project is funded by the State Department of State.

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