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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...

Decatur Diary | January 29, 2018

Save the Date: Children’s Home visioning process begins Feb. 11

In August of last year, the City of Decatur completed its purchase of the 77 acre United Methodist Children's Home on South Columbia Drive. And now, in the months ahead, we'll work together as a community to create a vision for its future use...
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