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
»» Parking Issues: some feel the need for a public garage, business valet service, public/private trolley service through downtown, golf cart service, white horse service, improved parking signage, people believe the parking problem is perceived and not actual, unwillingness to walk, shared parking should be investigated, angled parking conversion where possible, removal of 2-hour parking, park and ride options. »» White Street receives the most attention for improvements and investment; desire to include neglected areas such as Brooks Street and north of Roosevelt with signage and beautification. »» Downtown needs to be a destination with more consumer related retail and entertainment where people want to come spend the entire day; Wakefield/ Heritage need to be customers of downtown. »» Downtown needs more restaurants including a finer dining option. »» The Renaissance Area needs more investment in gateways.
»» Town marketing has helped with communications with a fantastic app and neighborhood notices; continue even more cross promotion with merchants. »» Events have made a big difference in activity level in downtown; may need to consider adding a public restroom in downtown area and a parking garage; Art after Hours, Dirt Day, Friday Night on White…are bringing business to downtown. 99% survey respondents say their business increases 50%. »» Strong demand for current apartments and townhomes under construction in downtown area; this will yield more patrons in walking distance of the core. »» Downtown needs a major water feature, music for ambiance, and access to water for irrigation outside of businesses; strive to be a pet-friendly downtown.
S S Public input method used during the charrette
S S Public presentation following the charrette updating stakeholders on the project
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