The city of Naples wants your opinion before the transformation of the Design District
Changes are coming to an area of Naples and planners want you to be a part of it. The Naples Design District is getting a makeover and asking the public for suggestions on everything from events to parking.
Already, 1,500 people have visited this site to give their opinion on what they want to see in the neighborhood. So far, there has been a lot of feedback, from parking to events to requests for healthier restaurants. The city says that number is not high enough and wants everyone in Naples to be heard.
If there’s one place that could sum up the family vibe that the Naples Design District brings, it would be Bill’s Cafe. Denise Murray is the owner of Bill’s Cafe. “We would like to have a little more visibility and let people know that we are here,” said Murray.
A short drive from Bill’s is Abbie Joan Fine Living. Abbie Sladick is the president of Abbie Joan Fine Living. She knows that the city of Naples wants to transform the Design District and she has only one request.
“What we all want to feel is that it’s kept very low-key,” Sladick said.
This is exactly the kind of contribution the City says it wants. Jeffrey Oris is the ARC Acting Manager for the City of Naples. “We didn’t come into this business with a preconceived idea of what this area should be. We are really counting on this input from the public to determine where the future goes, ”said Oris.
Jeffrey Oris believes that the community’s contribution will help create some kind of guide for the proposed future of the Design District. “This is an unprecedented effort to reach the residents and business owners of the city of Naples,” said Oris.
In order to get the feedback it is looking for, the City of Naples has set up a website where visitors, residents and business owners can take surveys and leave detailed comments on what they would like. see it become the Design District.
Quenby Tyler is Chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board and owner of Audrey’s. “The consulting firm, I can tell you, absolutely wants to hear from you. They absolutely want to know what you think and where to proceed because they understand this is our city, ”Tyler said.
The City of Naples is also hosting a series of in-person public meetings for the redevelopment of the Naples Design District, starting November 9. This will be an opportunity for community members to talk face to face with the designers working on the design district plans.