There will be a public meeting Wednesday to share ideas about the Walnut Street neighborhood's future, the ways the city can help the appearance of the area and the history of the street.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at a former fire station, now named the Walnut Street Fire Hall #4 at 800 Walnut St.

The Walnut Street Initiative Committee, which is hosting the meeting, has been meeting for a few months.

City preservation planner Camille Fife has been leading the meetings.

"The Walnut Street Initiative is a way to bring together many people with hopes and ideas to make this part of Madison a model for revitalization," Fife said in a press release. "Many individuals have already accomplished much through their efforts. By working together, the people of this neighborhood have the opportunity to take the planning to a new level."

Fife will share the 12 areas of potential development that have been discussed at previous meetings and some of the possible funding sources that are being explored. Participation by all residents is sought.

Connie Partington, a writer and resident of Walnut Street, will share history about the street, its ties to the Underground Railroad, and later developments.

City building inspector Mark Johnson will talk about building codes that apply to the area and the ways that residents can use his services to help ensure that buildings and lots are clean and safe. Johnson is a former teacher and contractor.

For more information, contact Fife at (812) 239-1107.