2017 R ena i s s anc e P l an U pdat e | T own of W ak e F or e s t
We would be remiss if we did not mention the Town’s desire for a commuter rail station to connect it to the greater region at some point in the future. To do so requires either a sufficient supportive density or a large parking structure for park and ride use. Only one of these is supportive of a vibrant downtown — greater density — and it can be done with a minimal amount of imposition on the surrounding community. Lastly, higher density housing, particularly apartments and townhomes are much more response to the long term trends facing housing markets in the next twenty years. They appeal to two ends of the demographic spectrum, those under 30 and those over 65 who collectively represent more than 80 of the household growth in the US. And it is these two groups, each of whom will have a dramatically reduced need for private auto usage, that continue to drive the demand for more urban housing. Density along Elm Avenue drives demand for a vibrant Downtown, it serves the growing population market needs, it provides sufficient value to replace the aging suburban development, and it does so in a location that is contextually appropriate.
RECOMMENDATION 10G: Encourage redevelopment and install streetscape improvements at the intersection of White and Elm to connect White Street to Brooks Street.
X X Existing vacant lot at White Street and Elm Avenue
S S Enhanced gateway intersection to downtown at White Street and Elm Avenue, alive with pedestrian activity and new infill development
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