Federal design consultants responsible for the redevelopment of the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site here took several points of history with them after a public hearing here in May; and, now those are being incorporated into a redevelopment plan which will itself be available for public comment.
Based upon an overview by National Park Service Site Superintendent Laura Miller in May, local residents were able to provide the design team with perspectives about a possible second home that was sited adjacent to the current Clinton birthplace home of President Clinton's grandparents. And, information was developed on the relationship between the Cassidy home and the Vincent Foster residence, which is currently under private ownership.
Using those two pieces of information, landscape design architect Rob McGinnis, of Charlottesville, Va., was able to posit that a framework for reflecting the existence of the second home on the site might prove to be useful in how the Virginia Clinton Kelly Memorial Garden is highlighted in the redevelopment plan.
Those kinds of points are keys to what the design team wants to learn in additional public comment when a final proposed redevelopment plan is put on the National Park Service's planning website.
“The professionals' task is to take the feedback and they are working on further developing the alternatives,” Miller said earlier this week. “They will be back with us when that is done.”
She had no timeframe for that part of the process, and McGinnis was not available for comment at press time Thursday.
Still, Miller said local residents can keep up with the process by logging onto the NPS projects planning website at http://parksplanning.nps.gov periodically, because the final working plan will be posted once it is completed.
“You can look at any project at any park,” she said.
Among the practical aspects of the redevelopment plan, a protocol for employee and visitor parking will also be incorporated into the plan, she said. That stems from the ownership of the current parking lot by the Atwoods' retail chain; and, NPS site employees currently park along the far side of Division Street to allow visitors to use on street parallel parking along North Pine Street.
Hope City Manager Catherine Cook said the city is working with NPS to facilitate a permanent solution.
“I haven't heard anything more from Laura; but, I think the city is still willing to be part of some solution,” Cook said. “I'm sure the city board would be agreeable to doing that if it came to them.”
Miller said the current parking situation does help visitors recognize where the NPS site is located.