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Commuinity invited to help steer development
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The strong community partnership that helped Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield earn the Army Community of Excellence Award for the fourth time remains a constant in local communities surrounding the installation.
During a Hinesville Army Community Heritage program meeting May 26, Vicki Davis, Hinesville Downtown Development Authority coordinator, re-issued the invitation to community members to help determine the direction of future growth.
“We are now at a critical point of planning as the city, county and Downtown Development Authority begin working with the property and business owners to develop an overall plan for the district as a whole,” Davis said. “That is where the public comes in to play.”  
Davis said community member feedback was vital in the urban redevelopment plan and specifically the redevelopment of the Memorial Drive district.
“The realignment of Memorial Drive and East Washington Avenue represents a major step of progress toward our goal of revitalizing the Memorial Drive area,” Davis said. “The actual realignment portion of the project, which joins the two roadways into one main corridor between Oglethorpe Highway and Fort Stewart, will be complete in a matter of days as the final landscaping is currently being laid.  The response to the project thus far has been overwhelmingly positive.”  
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield are working with The Heritage Bank, Keep Liberty County Beautiful and the DDA on ways to keep the area clean while focusing on future development. Concerning those objectives, community members can look at a creative pictorial based Web site survey at The site survey was designed to encourage the community to become a part of the decision-making process.
“The district characteristic survey is a perfect opportunity for community members to become involved in the future and success of downtown Hinesville,” Davis said.
The survey asks participants to consider the mixed-use capacity of the area to promote walking, enhancing district safety, generating more economic activity, creating office space for retailers and housing options.
By looking at a variety of photos on the site and offering input, community members can have a say in how they would like their downtown area to look.
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