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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.

Please join us for one of the following three Workshops designed to accommodate as many different schedules as possible — one on a Saturday morning, one a weekday evening, and one the following Saturday afternoon. The discussion program at each event will be the same.

Saturday, March 3 | 9-Noon
Dining Hall, 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur (Map It)

Tuesday, March 6 | 6-8pm
Dining Hall, 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur (Map It)

Saturday, March 10 | 2-5pm
Dining Hall, 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur (Map It)

What to Expect

For each workshop, the project team will get everyone on the same page with an initial summary of information to-date — ideas collected at the kick-off, significant aspects of the site, and the general physical characteristics we have to work with.

(Note: Each of the two Saturday workshops will begin with further opportunity to tour the campus, including some key buildings open for viewing. If you missed our four-hour kick-off, these options offer a second chance to explore.)

Thereafter, we’ll break into table discussions to drill down on and map various ideas and explore how each might contribute to or otherwise further Decatur’s strategic goals.

We’ll end with an opportunity to ask questions, share the outcomes of our conversations and, if need be, affix additional ideas to our imagination boards.

Make plans now to attend. We hope to see you there.


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