A public open house, to hear from Smyrna citizens, business owners and community leaders their ideas for revitalizing a three-mile stretch of Lowry Street, is set for Thursday, May 12, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Smyrna Town Centre at 100 Sam Ridley Parkway East.
The Lowry Street Revitalization Study area covers Smyrna‟s Lowry Street between Sam Ridley Parkway and Lee Victory Parkway, a distance spanning approximately three miles. The purpose of the study is to identify the possibility of a new mixture of uses for Lowry Street and improve visual conditions along the corridor. The study is considering two primary development uses---commercial and residential---and is focusing on character areas, key "nodes" and intersections, throughout the corridor to identify opportunities and connectivity with other key areas of Smyrna.
The public open house will begin with a short presentation to review the project‟s goals, and attendees will be invited to place stickers on the goals that are most important to them.
Following the presentation, attendees can tour four information stations on the following topics specific to the Lowry Street Study area, including economic development, transportation and marketing, land use and community character, and landscape, streetscape and pedestrian/bike access. Light refreshments will be provided.
"Lowry Street is a very important corridor for the entire town, containing the „heart of Smyrna,‟" said Kevin Rigsby, AICP, Smyrna‟s Town Planner. "Now, with the foundation of work that has been accomplished by so many in the Depot District, we want to hear from Smyrna citizens about what they want to see along this key stretch of Lowry Street. We invite everybody to come out and participate in what we believe will be a very informative meeting and a chance to tell us in person your thoughts and ideas."