Partnering with a local steering committee, the AIA's Sustainable Design Assessment Team did a study on ways to enhance the south end's physical,economic,social and cultural qualities. The SDAT is part of a results driven community design program comprised of nationally recognized professionals who volunteer their time to identify ways to encourage desirable change in a community. The assessment team's research found the South Wenatchee area needs an augmentation of pedestrian infrastructure, improved inventory of offerings at convenience stores and more public art. AIA Communities By Design Director Joel Mills says much can be accomplished if the city follows the recommendations made by his staff. Steering committee Co-Chair and Wenatchee City Councilman Jim Bailey says the ideas presented are parallel with the city's aspirations for the southern corridor. Bailey says the concepts could be adopted by other community sectors in the city. Wenatchee was one of seven cities in the U.S. to receive AIA grant funding for such a project. For more information on the AIA's report, call City Executive Services Director Allison Williams at 888-3616.