“Envision Cayce”, a planning process focused on creating a master plan for revitalizing Cayce Place, began in March of 2013. EJP Consulting Group, MDHA leadership, community partners and Cayce residents have been engaged in a series of meetings to create this master concept plan. EJP was charged with assisting the Agency in defining rational project boundaries, developing the overall master plan, applying national best practices and models for mixed-finance redevelopment projects, establishing manageable phases for the revitalization, managing the resident/community outreach process and identifying financial resources and strategies.
The plan calls for a 1-for-1 replacement of the 716 public housing units currently at Cayce. Focus groups, surveys, and community meetings have been held with residents as well as the broader public to ensure that the plan reflects the needs of the community.
On March 14, 2013 the kick-off round of meetings were held to lay out the process going forward and answer questions. MDHA hosted a morning CAG (Community Advisory Group) meeting, a mid-day resident-focused meeting, and an evening meeting that was open to the public. About 50 residents attended the informational resident meeting at Martha O’Bryan and 200 residents and members of the community attended the evening meeting. Both meetings held a period for Q&A and general comments.
On May 6, 2013 a public “charette”/workshop was held at Kirkpatrick Elementary school followed by a CAG meeting the following morning. The design charette allowed community members to give their input on what a future Cayce may look like. The plans generated at the charette informed the first drafts of the master plan.
On May 10, 2013 a letter was delivered to every household in Cayce announcing the survey effort that would take place in May/June. Over a four week period stretching from May-June, a survey was administered by 6 trained surveyors, 3 of which were MDHA residents. The door-to-door survey effort was completed with an impressive 77% response rate from Cayce residents (554 out of 716 households).
On June 26th, 2013 MDHA held a CAG meeting and a resident focus group to review preliminary drafts of the three plans that emerged from the Charette/workshop. The 170 residents who responded “yes” to the survey question, “Would you be interested in serving on a focus group?” received an invitation to the meeting.
The 3rd public meeting took place on August 28, 2013 where EJP presented a preferred vision of combining three schematic plans that came out of the public workshop session into one “scalable” master plan. The master plan intends to be “scalable” in that if more adjacent property comes into play, there will be a plan to guide that development. On the other hand, there will be at minimum a working plan to guide only MDHA-owned land. However, the consultant team has reiterated that it is preferable that the plan encompass a footprint larger than just what land MDHA owns.
On July 1st 2014, a final public meeting was held at Martha O’Bryan to present the final recommendations from the consultant team. Special thanks to our partners at the Martha O’Bryan Center for opening your doors, Councilman Westerholm, MDHA staff, and all Cayce residents and community members for your thoughtful and diligent work on the plan and enthusiastic participation in the process.
On this webpage, you can find meeting notices, advisories, minutes, and presentation slides from the past meetings as well as a copy of the final report. Please stay tuned to this page for any upcoming news or notices.
Staff from Smith Gee Studio unveiled the final designs for Kirkpatrick Park at the Jan. 26, 2017 Envision Cayce Town Hall. Ninety-four townhome-like apartments will be built on the site. MDHA expects to break ground in late 2017.
The designs were created following input from Cayce Place and CWA Plaza Apartments residents, neighbors and community members.
MDHA broke ground in October 2015 on the first phase of new construction for Envision Cayce. The 70-unit apartment building, known as Cayce Place Apartments, is expected top open in spring 2017.