Wake Forest Renaissance Plan - September 2017


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

3.9 Gateways

Gateways are key entry points to an area and are often underappreciated though they should be significant, iconic and memorable components of downtowns. The Renaissance Area has several gateways, some major and several minor, but none of which is “iconic.” Franklin Street at NC 98 is a gateway, but it is very distant from the historic core and Franklin Street does not connect directly into

downtown. The most relevant gateway is at Roosevelt Avenue and the rail underpass, as well as the intersection of White Street and Roosevelt Avenue. The gateway should be enhanced with elements that give visitors a sense of arrival and mark the entry to downtown. Detailed recommendations follow in Chapter 9.

Prominent Gateway Enhancement Opportunities

S S Existing nondescript gateway into downtown from the SEBTS campus

S S Enhanced gateway with decorative crosswalk, graphic art pavement treatment and monument signage

S S Existing Roosevelt Avenue bridge view of gateway into downtown from the S.E.B.T.S campus

S S Enhanced gateway with playful colors and the Wake Forest name illuminated

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