A free jazz concert in Kalamazoo is also an opportunity to talk about the Stuart neighborhood project

KALAMAZOO, MI — Free live jazz will be the soundtrack to a Kalamazoo event today, which is also a time for people to talk about the Stuart Neighborhood Plan.

Residents are invited to join the “Imagine Stuart” neighborhood planning process for the Stuart neighborhood of Kalamazoo from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, June 26 at “Jazz on the Lawn,” a free outdoor concert at Woodward Elementary School , 606 Stuart Ave., the City of Kalamazoo said in a news release.

The event is hosted in partnership between the Stuart Historic Neighborhood Association, Allen Chapel AME Church and the City of Kalamazoo. Residents will have the opportunity to learn about neighborhood planning and share ideas while listening to live music, meeting neighbors and learning about the architecture and history of Stuart’s homes, a indicated the city.

The Bill Cessna Quartet will perform at 2 p.m., followed by the Diego Rivera Quintet from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The event is part of the Stuart Ward planning process, but all members of the community are welcome to join, the city said.

The Stuart Ward recently completed a survey to confirm the top priorities to focus on in the Ward Plan. These include better lighting, sidewalk repairs, street repairs, promoting historic preservation, traffic calming and support for Woodward Elementary School, the city said.

The neighborhood association encourages residents interested in these topics to get involved in the ongoing planning effort to identify related projects for the neighborhood and the city to collaborate on implementing in the future.

The city’s goal is for all neighborhoods in Kalamazoo to create a neighborhood plan. Neighborhood plans allow residents to focus on issues important to their neighborhood, while creating the opportunity to achieve the goals of the city-wide strategic vision and master plan.

Residents interested in getting involved in planning for the Stuart Neighborhood can contact City of Kalamazoo Neighborhood Activator Jacqueline Slaby by phone at (269) 337-8763 or by email at [email protected]

The event is funded by the Foundation for Excellence as part of the neighborhood activation budget. Attendees should remain cautious and follow CDC and local health authority guidelines to protect themselves and the community from COVID-19.

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