On Wednesday the 24th of February 2016 the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), on behalf of the City of Johannesburg, held a public meeting at Norwood Primary School to introduce the process that will ultimately lead to the production of the Grant Avenue Precinct Plan. The Grant Avenue Precinct Plan will guide future development along the Grant Ave high street, in Norwood.
The professional team appointed by the JDA to manage the planning process is being led by ASM Architects and Urban Designers and includes urban managers from RMS, traffic engineers from WSP and economists from Demacon. The key to the success of the precinct plan however does not lie in the hands of the professionals alone, but rather, in the many hands of the people who make up the Norwood community.
The City of Johannesburg, through the JDA, aims to ensure that any physical upgrades to Grant Ave are made in collaboration with the needs of the existing and future community that not only live in Norwood and surrounding areas, but work, shop and commute in and around Grant Ave.
At the launch, JDA appointed consulting team leader, Monica Albonico of ASM Architects and Urban Designers stressed that the precinct plan is not about changing Grant Ave, but rather about enriching it. Grant Avenue already plays host to a number of retailers, restaurants, residents and businesses and it is vital to the success of the area that these offerings are enhanced to make the high street even more vibrant and inviting.
It is the objective of this process to provide a platform for engagement that enhances the economic and social capital of Grant Avenue. For this reason a number of project meetings and workshops will be held with members of the public. To this end volunteers from the local community where invited to join an Action Committee to play an active role in formulating this plan.
The project team would like to encourage members of the public to voice their ideas and suggestions on how to upgrade Grant Ave, either by e-mail, Facebook or face to face when on street activation’s occur.