Kalamazoo, Michigan – Free live jazz will be the soundtrack to today’s event in Kalamazoo, which will also give people a chance to talk about the Stuart neighborhood plan.

Residents are invited to join the Imagine Stuart planning process for the Stuart Kalamazoo neighborhood from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, June 26 at the Jazz on the Lawn, a free open-air concert at Woodward Elementary School, 606 Stuart Ave. This is stated in a press release of the city of Kalamazoo.

The event is held in partnership between the Stewart Historic District Association, the Elena Chapel AME Church and the city of Kalamazoo. Residents will have the opportunity to learn more about neighborhood planning and share ideas, enjoying live music, meeting with neighbors, and learning about the architecture and history of Stuart’s homes, the city noted.

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

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

The Stewart neighborhood recently completed a survey to confirm the top priorities to focus on in terms of the neighborhood. These include better lighting, sidewalk repairs, street repairs, promoting history, slowing traffic and supporting Woodward Elementary School, the city noted.

The Neighborhood Association encourages residents interested in these topics to participate in ongoing planning efforts to identify relevant projects for the neighborhood and the city to collaborate on in future implementation.

The goal of the city is for all areas of Kalamazoo to create a neighborhood plan. Neighborhood plans allow residents to focus on issues important to their neighborhood, and create an opportunity to achieve citywide strategic vision and master plan goals.

Residents wishing to participate in neighborhood planning for Stewart can contact Jacqueline Slaby, a Kalamazoo neighborhood activator, by calling (269) 337-8763 or emailing slabyj@kalamazoocity.org.

The event is funded by the Foundation of Excellence under the District Activation Budget. Participants should exercise caution and follow official recommendations from the CDC and local health authorities to protect themselves and society from COVID-19.

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