On July 14th and 15th, East Liberty Development, Inc. hosted a Community Architectural Design Charrette in collaboration with the national nonprofit Partners for Sacred Places to explore possibilities for the future redevelopment of the vacant SS. Peter and Paul church on Larimer Ave.

On the Thursday evening before the charrette, ELDI and Partners for Sacred Places gathered together leaders from throughout the community for an Asset Mapping event at which neighbors were invited to give direct input into the SS. Peter and Paul redevelopment process and explore their own vision for the SS. Peter and Paul site.

Then, over the next two days, teams of architects and designers (all working pro bono) worked furiously to transform that community input into professional drawings, architectural plans, sketches, and design concepts for the redevelopment of the SS. Peter and Paul building into a unique, neighborhood-serving hub of community life in East Liberty.

Among the proposed uses for the space explored during the event were plans for a new center for urban agriculture; a community wellness facility; a multi-purpose arts, performance and gathering place; a high-tech skills incubator for neighborhood children and adults; and an artisanal skills institute teaching in-demand traditional handcrafts related to the restoration of SS. Peter and Paul’s historic interior.

The next step in the charrette process will be the final event on July 12th, at which Partners for Sacred Places will present a public summary of the community’s input into the SS. Peter and Paul redevelopment process, summarizing feedback gathered at this year’s Neighborhood Space Walks, Arts Town Hall Event, Community Asset Mapping, and Design Charrette.

We hope to see you there!

> Check out all of the previous SS. Peter & Paul events.

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