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10.2.3.A Reimagine a Local Garage Roosevelt Avenue, once a busy commercial corridor, has seen all but a fraction of its traffic transfer to the new NC 98. As a result, many of the auto-dependent uses have lost a lot of their former patrons who now seek the convenience of the highway. Part of the transformation of Roosevelt Avenue will be in the public realm — the streetscape — but, the other part will be accomplished by encouraging the adaptive re-use of the few interesting older buildings that can be revitalized, renovated and re-tenanted with a fresh approach to a more human-scaled street. One such building, pictured below, is an old warehouse/garage/auto parts establishment. While auto service and auto parts businesses are very important to the retail makeup of a town, they often prefer to be in higher traffic locations rather than in a walkable, vibrant entertainment area. This interesting building could instead be repurposed as a small market, restaurant, brewery or other specialty retail or restaurant use and would have profound effects on the revitalization of Roosevelt Avenue.
RECOMMENDATION 10B: Transform the public and private realm of Wait/Roosevelt Avenue.
W W Existing garage on Roosevelt Avenue
S S Garage building reimagined as a vibrant brewery, beer garden and market
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