West Bloomington Revitalization Partnership Receives Award
Oct. 23, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The West Bloomington Revitalization Partnership (WBRP) will receive
the American Planning Association Award for their strategic plan in improving the
neighborhood of West Bloomington. The award will be presented at the city council
meeting Monday, Oct. 26.
> Read the plan (pdf)
The honor acknowledges the hard work of multiple community organizations, members
of the Illinois Wesleyan University faculty and staff, as well as 13 IWU Action Research students who are working to improve the West Bloomington neighborhood.
Illinois Wesleyan has worked with the WBRP since it’s inception in the spring of 2008,
and placed two summer interns with the association, senior sociology major Aaron Massey
and senior political science major Mike Kotz. The Action Research Seminar class in
the fall of 2008 also contributed to the program, focusing their research on the youth
on the Westside. Currently, junior sociology major Bianca Spratt and junior business
administration major Brittini Gray are working for the organization.
The WBRP developed after community members identified West Bloomington as a concern
and in need of intervention. After surveying a portion of the neighborhood and obtaining
feedback, the partnership created an improvement plan with six key components; Greening,
Youth, Safety, Economic Development, Housing and Education. Each topic has a list
of short and long-term goals that will be implemented in the coming months and years.
Some of these changes have already occurred, including developing a community garden
on the corner of Roosevelt Ave. and Mulberry St., the acceptance of food stamps at
local grocery stores, a community computer donation and rehabilitation program with
Blue Jay Computers and numerous safety improvements in the neighborhood.
Large projects still underway include, a west side athletic/recreation center, a full
grocery store, retail stores on Market Street and new or rehabbed housing units.
Contact: Jessica Hinterlong ’11, (309) 556-3181