Wake Forest Renaissance Plan - September 2017


C h a p t e r 3 E x i s t i ng C ond i t i ons

Street near the intersection of Holding Avenue. Some medical office uses have also been developed on South Franklin Street. At the time of the charrette, a large townhome development was underway on the east side of Franklin Street near NC 98 and another townhome project just south of the Renaissance Plaza Shopping Center was in planning stages. NC 98 marks the southern boundary of the Renaissance Area. Since Franklin Street has been extended to NC 98, traffic has bypassed the historic downtown area of Wake Forest somewhat. This has served to make the core more pedestrian-friendly, but it has also made downtown more isolated from all of the potential visitors and consumers traveling along the NC 98 corridor. Within the northern portion of the planning area, a variety of commercial uses dot the landscape along Wait Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue (Business 98) between North Franklin Street and the bridge at Roosevelt Avenue. Uses include an auto parts store, fast food restaurants, and a dry cleaner.

S S South Franklin Street medical office

S S Roosevelt Avenue commercial uses

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Although outside of the Renaissance Area, it is also important to highlight the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, which is located across the railroad tracks northwest of the Downtown Historic District. In 1946, the R.J. Reynolds Corporation offered Wake Forest College $40 million to relocate their campus, presently Wake Forest University, to Winston-Salem. The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary now occupies that campus and is home to approximately 3,500 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

S S Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

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