CINCINNATI - Revitalization could be in the future for one West Side neighborhood.
People living in Westwood had the chance to provide input on possible changes and/or improvements to the community during a city meeting on Saturday.
9 On Your Side reporter Amy Wadas reported that 150 people showed up to offer their ideas.
One of the most popular suggestions was adding a town square to the community's downtown area.
The business district in Westwood stretches from Montana Avenue to the Cheviot Border. It's the primary area the Westwood Coalition would like to see revitalized.
City leaders were on hand to give advice about a new zoning tool used by urban planners called "formed based code." It's an alternative to conventional zoning that allows a building to be used for mixed uses in order to improve foot traffic and make the area surrounding the property more "engaging."
Cameron Ross with the Department of City Planning and Buildings offered advice to the Westwood community.
"Westwood is a community, not a commodity so they need to have a plan that sets the stage of how they want to look in the future so that when development is ready to come to Westwood they can say, ‘here are our designs, go build it.'"
Saturday's meeting was just one of an ongoing series of events focusing on the future of Westwood.
All the information discussed during the meeting will be compiled in a report and presented to residents at a later date.
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