February 3, 2018
The City of Portsmouth’s McIntyre Steering Committee has met and established the initial “Stage 1” steps in the public input process for the future of the McIntyre Federal Building site. Two Informational and Idea Gathering Sessions with the public will be sponsored by the McIntyre Steering Committee. The first will be held on Saturday, February 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to noon in City Council Chambers at Portsmouth City Hall, and include dialogue sessions in coordination with Portsmouth Listens. The second will be held on Thursday, February 8th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., also in City Council Chambers. The second session will be offered as a convenience to those who cannot make the Saturday event. Both events will be televised on the City’s Channel 22 and subsequently made available for viewing on the City’s YouTube channel.
Earlier this month, Mayor Jack Blalock appointed the McIntyre Steering Committee to carry out a public input process for the future of the McIntyre site. The input will be used by the City Council to submit an application on behalf of the City to the National Park Service under the Historic Monument Program. Participation from members of the public will be welcome in a number of ways throughout the process including through online comment forms, surveys, videos of sessions and other methods. Meetings of the Committee and sessions for the public are planned in February and March; the Committee’s work product is due in early April. Weston & Sampson’s Design Studio team will assist the Committee in its work.
More information about these sessions and opportunities to participate will be posted to the City’s McIntyre website at https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/mcintyre-project.