Wake Forest Northeast Community Plan - December 2021

development sites that could support future affordable housing development in the Northeast Community. Critical to the success of maintaining housing affordability in the community will be to allow strategic placement of new multi-family development— focused primarily in existing higher density areas such as the County of Wake Housing Authority sites.

For single-family homes, accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can provide another opportunity for expanding housing choices in the Northeast Community, while being respectful to lower intensity areas due to their limited size. Furthermore, this could allow for the creation of rental income for homeowners to help with equity development or housing for extended family members.

To further benefit the surrounding community and potentially generate funds for reinvestment at the DuBois Campus, development of a new residential community comprising of affordable housing units should be explored. This could be done as a community land trust model with permanent affordable housing under a long-term ground lease or through partial sale of land. For all potential uses envisioned for the DuBois Campus, appropriate architecture and scale should be considered. As most current and formerly standing buildings were constructed using brick material, any new institutional buildings constructed should incorporate this material into the facades. A more detailed summary of potential redevelopment scenarios for the DuBois Campus can be found within the Plan’s Appendix.

STRATEGY 3. Create a community-informed

redevelopment plan for the DuBois Campus.



Several decades ago, the DuBois Campus site was considered by many to be the core of the Northeast Community. Unfortunately, today, most of the site sits unused and in need of substantial repair. As time passes on without significant investment, the site continues to deteriorate. Therefore, it is imperative that a redevelopment plan be drafted and implemented to bring life back to this integral community asset. Based on community feedback, the redevelopment plan should focus heavily on creating an educational and recreational hub, organized around a central public gathering space — amenitized with seating areas, plazas and landscaping.

STRATEGY 2. Promote new commercial developments.

As more residents continue to flock to Wake Forest, the demand for commercial development like retail and service uses will rise. Much of the larger-scale commercial development will be focused on major thoroughfares with high visibility. However, there is an opportunity for smaller-scale commercial to thrive in the Northeast Community. Land use policies should focus commercial growth along Wait Avenue/E Roosevelt Avenue and N. White Street as these locations offer high visibility and substantial redevelopment potential. New commercial development located adjacent to residential areas should be appropriately buffered as well. Though the Town does not prohibit national chain businesses from locating in commercial spaces, the Town should encourage locally owned businesses that serve the needs of the Northeast Community such as grocery stores, banks, health providers, and senior care services.

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) helps with home/personal equity addition for property owners (Image Credit:ca-times.brightspotcdn.org)

Mixed-income housing is encouraged to provide affordable housing options (Image Credit:seattlehousing.org)

Former Rosenwald School Building at the DuBois Campus site

Chapter 2: Plan Recommendations

Northeast Community Plan



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