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Posted on: August 16, 2018

Terry First Build a Better Block Event Scheduled for August 22-25

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The community is invited to get their first look at what the future may hold for Terry Street and South First Avenue.

Saturday, August 25 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. will see the area host the Terry First Build a Better Block event. At Build a Better Block, the City of Pocatello along with project partners Team Better Block and Community Builders will debut a series of temporary improvements to the neighborhood.

“Build a Better Block allows us to try out some of the ideas before investing the time and resources to make them a permanent feature of Terry Street or First Avenue,” said Matthew Lewis, Senior Planner with the City of Pocatello. “The public will have a chance to see how the features function and make additional suggestions to improve the neighborhood.”

Some of the ideas that will be tested include pop-up shops, parklets, a stage with seating, landscaping, and public art. Volunteers are still needed to help build, paint, and craft the temporary improvements between August 22 and 25. To sign-up as a volunteer, visit terryfirst.com.

“Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to lend a hand,” Lewis said. “Even if you can only stop by for an hour, we’d love to have you make your mark on the neighborhood.”

From August 21 through August 25, drivers are asked not to park on the temporary purple walking and biking path that will stretch along the south side of East Terry Street from South 5th Avenue to South First Avenue. The path will also be in place on the west side of South First Avenue from Terry Street to Benton Street.

The Terry First project aims to create a vision for the Terry Street/South First Avenue corridor that will spur economic development, support redevelopment, increase bicycle and pedestrian mobility, and improve the connection between Idaho State University and Old Town Pocatello.

For more information on Terry First, visit terryfirst.com.

Terry Street and First Avenue are accessible to persons with disabilities. Program access accommodations may be provided with three (3) days’ advance notice by contacting Skyler Beebe at sbeebe@pocatello.us; 208.234.6248; or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.

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