Wake Forest Northeast Community Plan - December 2021




STUDY AREA AND PLAN GOALS The Northeast Community is located in the northeast quadrant of the Town of Wake Forest and comprises over 315 acres and more than 700 parcels. The Northeast Community Plan will provide direction and guidance for the future development of, and improvements to, the entire Northeast Community as it continues to play a significant role in the future of Wake Forest. 1.B


PLAN GOALS • Create a cohesive and workable plan that embraces the Neighborhood’s history and community. • Enhance and protect the quality of life in the community. • Evaluate current conditions within the Northeast Community and understand the impact of current and future land uses, development, connectivity changes, and related factors. • Address local economic conditions and create a platform to encourage local services and jobs. • Provide specific goals and actions to achieve a unified neighborhood vision.

THE STUDY AREA The Northeast Community is a significant historic core neighborhood for Wake Forest. Settled after the Civil War, the Community established itself as a vibrant center of African American culture and tradition. Many of the neighborhood’s families can trace their roots back to the original families who settled the area. The neighborhood abuts the downtown commercial area. It is bordered by E. Roosevelt Avenue/Wait Avenue to the south and N. White Street to the west. Ailey Young Park marks the eastern boundary of the study area (see Figure 1.B.1). The neighborhood has a rich history, with several active historic churches including the Olive Branch Baptist and Spring Street Presbyterian churches. The neighborhood is home to the former Wake Forest Normal and Industrial School, the first private school in the Town for African American children. Founded by noted local residents Allen Young and Nathaniel Mitchell, the school provided rich educational opportunities for the area’s residents. The Neighborhood also contains the site of the former W.E.B. DuBois school, a local school that provided public education for the area’s African American children.

W.E.B. DuBois School Site

Alston- Massenburg Center

Wake Forest Cemetery

Ailey Young House

Ailey Young Park

Downtown Wake Forest


Building Footprints Streets Railroads Study Area

Data Sources: Town of Wake Forest, Wake County 0 300 Feet

Chapter 1: Existing Conditions

Northeast Community Plan



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