C h a p t e r 9 P u t P eop l e F i r s t
9.3.7 Public Restrooms
Public restroom facilities could be a welcome amenity to visitors of the Renaissance Area. The Town of Wake Forest could research various options for providing at least one high quality, but temporary restroom facility to the core of the Renaissance Area. The Town should also engage downtown stakeholders and businesses to determine the need for such facilities.
9.3.8 Spatial Enclosure
S S High quality temporary mobile public toilet. Source: www.standartgrup.com/en/
Spatial enclosure is an outdoor room that is created by building facades facing each other on opposite sides of the street and the street and sidewalk space between them. Establishing and controlling an appropriate spatial enclosure is an essential element of creating a great sense of place and a successful downtown (see Section 2.1). Downtown Wake Forest’s most direct example of good spatial enclosure exists on White Street just south of the intersection with Jones Street. The built environment on each side of White Street is approximately 30 feet in height while the width of the public realm (street & sidewalks) between them is 60 feet, creating a ratio of spatial enclosure of 1:2.
S S A spatial enclosure ratio of 1:1 (top diagram) or 1:2 (bottom diagram) is ideal for downtown main streets to make an excellent sense of place possible.
RECOMMENDATION 9K: Add ideal spatial enclosure ratios to the Unified Development Ordinance.
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