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Village of Kenmore Receives American Planning Association Award

Kenmore is a progressive, old-style village,
with density, walkability, good retail (especially for our times), good
schools, and some very strong anchors, like locally-owned Premier Gourmet and Paddock Chevrolet.  In fact, it’s hard to think of much one
would have to
travel outside of Kenmore for, from services, to education, to
retail, to restaurants, to community parks.

Last year, the Elmwood Village was named “One
of the Top 10 Great Neighborhoods,” and this year, it’s Kenmore’s turn. As part
of its Great Places in America Program, the APA recognizes 10 communities
throughout the country for exceptional character and planning.

Kenmore was singled out for its historic
architecture, walkable design, accessibility, functionality, commitment of
government officials, and community involvement.  The Village recently celebrated its 110th anniversary of incorporation, and is also one the Country’s 100 most dense
urban areas, according to data from a 2000 census.

APA Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer noted,
“Kenmore shows how valuable and important all of American’s first-ring suburbs
are to the metropolitan areas. Kenmore is truly a model worth emulating.”

Fred Frank of the Village of Kenmore Planning
Board and Kenmore Village Improvement Society (KVIS) says, “Part of our
success as a village is that we fought as a community to keep our post office
and library.  We hope this award
shows that keeping our amenities is important.  As for the decades-old car dealerships that exited Kenmore
recently, Frank says there is “big redevelopment happening. We’ve got a 2-story
mixed-use building coming in (image below, Iskalo Development), on the corner of Delaware and West
Hazeltine.  It will be retail on
the lower floor, with medical office space on the second floor.  We’re hoping the medical office will bring
in a lot of new people who will stick around, shop, have a meal.”

kenmore new bldg.jpg

Frank, who says he could talk for hours about
the virtues of Kenmore, also points to activities carried out by the KVIS,
saying, “We also sponsor several community events including community
garden and tree plantings, autumn and Christmas decorating along Delaware, ‘Brokers
Day,’ where we take real estate brokers on a tour of vacant storefronts to
showcase their potential, and one of our largest accomplishments was this past
summer’s Children’s Concert Series, which featured music geared towards
children’s dance and activities.”

He adds, “Even James the ice cream
bicycle guy
makes his rounds to Kenmore.”

Mayor Patrick Mang (just like the park) says, “We are thrilled to
be named one of the Top 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2009.  Everyone who lives and works in Kenmore
knows what a special place this is.”

“Kenmore has so much to offer – beautiful
homes, a strong business district, excellent public safety and emergency
services – but its greatest asset is its people and the strong sense of
community you find here,” according to Trustee Paul Catalano.

The American Planning Association will present
a plaque to the Village commemorating its designation as an Outstanding Neighborhood
at a press conference to take place on Saturday, October 31, at 11
AM.  The press conference will take
place on the Municipal Green at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Delaware
Road. 

The other communities recognized as Great
Neighborhoods for 2009 included Pasadena, CA; New Orleans, LA; Houston, TX;
Newport News, VA; Franklin, TN; Portland, OR; Fargo, ND; Lincoln, NE; and
Spokane, WA.

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