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10.2.3 Northern Area Connect the neighborhood to downtown
There are several vacant lots, flag lots and parcels that are irregularly platted north of Roosevelt Avenue and Pearce Avenue. This scenario provides an opportunity to repair the disconnected and oversized blocks. Using a new street running east-west between White Street and Highgate Circle, more walkable block sizes are created between Spring Street and Pearce Avenue. In addition, smaller parcels can accommodate more density and potentially create a setting for more affordable housing. Infill Opportunities Roosevelt Avenue is a major road leading into downtown Wake Forest: while previously impaired by excessive traffic, the re-routing of NC 98 has made this street dramatically more livable. As a result, vacant or underutilized parcels along Roosevelt Avenue are now ripe for denser housing types, such as townhomes and quadruplexes, on these parcels. There are also some commercial properties that can be renovated and reimagined as new mixed-use opportunities or new multi-family housing developments. These strategies can create a great
deal of new housing on the north end, some of which can be workforce housing, within a five minute walk of the White Street commercial core, as well as provide new opportunities for mixed-use and adaptive re-use development.
RECOMMENDATION 10A: Create a finer grain street and block network in the northern area of downtown and infill with a range of housing.
2 MINUTE WALK
S S Northern Area development and redevelopment opportunities
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