HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Even if you've never heard the term "greyfield," you'd recognize one if you saw it.
The name comes from the expanse of grey concrete surrounding vacant strip centers and shopping malls. Once viable and busy, these developments are now nearly economically useless to the communities they inhabit. Unfortunately, they are common sights across the U.S. and Huntsville is no exception.
As the city looks to the future and moves ahead with its master planning process, planning managers want to know what residents would like to see replace these greyfields. All ideas are welcome at Tuesday's Citizens Academy. The event on September 16th is free and open to the public. It's scheduled for 6-8 p.m. at Lee High School.
Urban and Long-Range Planning Director Dennis Madsen says residents will be given an overview of the issue and asked to identify greyfields in their own communities. Three are already on the city's radar - Haysland Square in South Huntsville, Builders Square on North Memorial Parkway and Madison Square Mall.
A second session related to economic development will follow on Thursday, September 18th. That event will take place at Challenger Middle School. It will focus on changing demographics and design guidelines.
Anyone who is unable to attend the academies is urged to visit the planning website, Big Picture Huntsville. Videos from the sessions will be posted to the site following the events. As part of the planning process, residents may also contribute ideas through the Imagine Huntsville site.