Update from the CPAB Chair Hilda Abbott
We’re in the homestretch for developing the Equitable Redevelopment Plan for Reclaim Gwinnett Place Mall! The Community Partner Advisory Board met on Thursday, March 24 and heard updates from our outreach partners at Asian Americans Advancing Justice, who supported the Reclaim project by engaging many of our neighbors surrounding the mall. In fact, we received 1,300 responses to the questionnaire about the future of the mall. This was a huge effort and many of our CPAB members helped spread the word about the survey to make sure voices were heard. Thank you to everyone who helped us get this critical feedback.
We also met in our working groups to discuss how we would define terms like affordable housing and small businesses so that the potential tools for the County truly implement an equitable redevelopment that supports families, family-sustaining jobs, and ways to create a cultural activity center.
On Saturday, April 9, the County hosted the Reclaim Gwinnett Place Mall Block Party at the Mall! I joined Rolando Guzman, Michelle Kang, Leng Kar Chang, and Trinity Skeete to talk with the community about the plan. We also had 10 County departments on hand, and 17 community partner organizations, including Leng Kar’s Together We Can Foundation and Trinity Skeete’s SUNE Translate. We also distributed hundreds of meals to the public. Over 200 attendees braved the cold and joined us to discuss about what equity means and how it should be incorporated in the mall’s redevelopment. Thanks to our partners at Trinity Outreach, the Latin American Association, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Center for Pan-Asian Community Services, and SUNE for their leadership and work to make it all happen.
The County is working to finalize the Equitable Redevelopment Plan and we trust you all will be inspired by the results. More to come soon!