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Decatur Diary | June 13, 2018

Second Act: Combined and Refined Plan for Children’s Home to be Presented Wednesday, June 27

When draft plans for the city's United Methodist Children's Home property were initially presented in April they generated a lot of comments -- over 3,000 of them if you're keeping count -- and challenged the city, with the help of its Cooper Carry-led project team, to combine the community's most favored elements into one compelling and comprehensive vision.

That unified plan is nearing completion and will be unveiled for the community Wednesday, June 27, 6-8pm at the Ebster Gym. Everyone's welcome...

Decatur Diary | May 10, 2018

Children’s Home Survey Closes Soon: Don’t miss this opportunity to comment on draft options

Accompanying the first round of draft options for the former United Methodist Children's Home property presented April 30th was an online survey allowing residents and other stakeholders to comment on their preferences and concerns...

Decatur Diary | May 1, 2018

Draft UMCH Options Presented, Community Survey Released

Multiple options for how the former United Methodist Children’s Home property might be put to use in the years ahead were unveiled Monday night, April 30, for a curious and enthusiastic crowd of over 250 residents. The presentation capped two months of community input and discussion...

Decatur Diary | April 23, 2018

First Look! Join us Monday, Apr. 30 for unveiling of UMCH draft plans

[NOTE: This post has been updated with a revised location.]
Here we go! The broader Decatur community is encouraged to join us Monday, April 30, from 6 to 8pm, in the gym of the Ebster Recreation Center, as first draft options for the dramatic, 77 acre UMCH property get presented by the Cooper Carry-led consultant team...

Decatur Diary | April 6, 2018

UMCH Community Input: Still time to host or attend a Civic Dinner

Still looking to contribute your ideas for the former United Methodist Children’s Home property? Then check out Civic Dinners.

Civic Dinners are sort of like a focus group where people come together around a table to share their thoughts on a particular topic. Except in our case, rather than the future of widgets, that topic is the future of these 77 beautiful acres. And rather than a sampling of demographically-aligned strangers, it’s your neighbors. And rather than a sterile conference room with two-way mirrors, it’s someone’s dining room or local restaurant...

Decatur Diary | March 15, 2018

Discuss, Refine: Week of workshops brings neighbors to the table

When first announced, Decatur’s purchase of the 77 acre United Methodist Children’s Home property was largely received as a win for greenspace, particularly given that 22 of those acres became immediately preserved in perpetuity as a condition of their financing. So here’s an interesting turn: Analyzing over a thousand ideas collected at February’s kick-off gathering, the most commonly recurring theme was affordable/community housing. And just behind that was recreation...

Decatur Diary | February 26, 2018

Refining Ideas for the Children’s Home Property: Don’t miss these upcoming workshops

While the future of the former United Methodist Children’s Home property was expected to be a popular topic for Decatur residents, perhaps no one anticipated just how popular that might be. But thanks to a kick-off meeting drawing over 400 residents and the ongoing Civic Dinners presently taking place at tables around town, we’re amassing hundreds if not thousands of ideas to consider, assess and potentially incorporate.

That process begins now, and we’re doing it together...

Decatur Diary | February 16, 2018

UMCH Civic Dinners: Eat, drink and be sharing (your ideas!)

Got ideas? Enjoy dinner parties? Then you’re in luck.

In addition to our schedule of public meetings to collect and test suggestions for the former United Methodist Children’s Home property (the first of which drew over 400 people), we’re also doing something new: Civic Dinners...

Decatur Diary | February 11, 2018

Dream Big: 400+ residents turn out to imagine Children’s Home future

Dorsey Nobles has been a part of the former United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) for 39 years — first as a young child, then as a career maintenance specialist and now, today, as the property’s caretaker and sole resident.

You’d assume he’s seen it all but, joining together Sunday with his Decatur neighbors in the Home’s dining hall to imagine possibilities for the property’s future, that proved untrue.

“To be honest,” he said, “I’ve never seen it this packed.”

Decatur Diary | February 2, 2018

Just Imagine: Shaping a vision for the future of the Children’s Home

As announced earlier this week, Sunday, February 11, from 1-5pm marks the Kick-Off Celebration and Visioning Workshop for the city’s United Methodist Children’s Home property. Join us in the main building at 500 South Columbia Drive (map it here) as we begin imagining how this extraordinary piece of land can best serve the people of Decatur through the years ahead. Everyone’s welcome...