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June 28-29: Community invited to join FIT/New Horizons Design Charrette


Aerial view of FIT/New Horizons and immediate neighborhood. Google Earth

MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition – New Horizons (FIT-NH) in partnership with Plan NH will hold a two-day design charrette on June 28 and June 29, 2019. The charrette will bring together professionals of all types, community leaders, and property owners in the neighborhood surrounding the shelter/soup kitchen at 199 Manchester St., to ultimately create a plan to enhance the current “New Horizons” shelter, soup kitchen, and pantry to better meet the needs of people accessing the organizations services as well as creating positive change in the surrounding neighborhood.

“We understand that redeveloping one building is only one piece of changing an entire neighborhood,” said Maureen Beauregard, President of FIT-NH.  “Full transformation needs to be done through a community engagement process that brings in neighborhood stakeholders so a plan can be developed that incorporates their viewpoints and concerns. Our long-range plan is to upgrade our facility and we hope that area property owners will do the same, as the best days of the neighborhood are yet to come.”

Community members are invited to attend either or both of the free public input sessions which are on Friday, June 28, at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., at Central High School, 207 Lowell Street, Manchester. Plan NH will present the results of the charrette based on what they have seen and heard and also on their own professional knowledge that could contribute to a healthy and vibrant neighborhood on Saturday, June 29, at 3 p.m. at Central High School. Attendees of the input session(s) and recommendation presentation are asked to sign up at support.fitnh.org/plannh.

Families in Transition-New Horizons (FIT-NH) provides hunger relief, emergency shelter, safe affordable housing, and supportive services to individuals and families who are homeless or in need, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. For more information about FIT-NH and the design charrette visit www.fitnh.orgwww.newhorizonsnh.org, or call 603-641-9441.

Plan NH is a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to foster excellence in planning and design and development of New Hampshire’s built environment to support a vision of healthy and vibrant communities in the state. Their members include architects, landscape architects, engineers, planners, building and real estate professionals, lawyers, financial insurance firms, and others interested in promoting and supporting environmentally, economically, and socially healthy communities. For more information about Plan NH vist, www.plannh.org.





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