Posted on August 14, 2017 at 4:57 PM by Jolie Helton
Public Input Meeting on Downtown Mixed-Use Area Plan
On Monday, July 31, the Planning & Development Department along with other City staff hosted a public input meeting about the Downtown Mixed-Use Area Plan. Nearly 200 people came to the YWCA to hear more about recommendations to guide the growth and redevelopment of the 131-acre area around the proposed multi-use stadium.
How Did We Get Here?
So let's back up a few years. In 2007, City Council adopted the Core City Plan, which recognized the need for two distinct downtown districts: market showrooms and a conventional downtown. Much of this 131-acre area was identified as the downtown mixed-use district, meaning that this is a good location for a traditional downtown - retail, office, services and residential properties that function year-round, and not just during the High Point Furniture Market.
The Core City Plan also talked about a need for a catalyst project to ignite the development needed to create this conventional downtown.
Catalyst: an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action (Merriam-Webster)
In 2016, City Council approved as one of its strategic goals, "create a downtown catalyst project that produces: