Raleigh to be Recognized With a “Great Transformation” Award

by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association

News posted May 21, 2018 - 2:30 pm
Peace St. boards

Peace Street has officially been recognized as a “Great Transformation” in the 2018 Great Places in North Carolina awards program, sponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC). A "Great Transformation" is a place that has been retrofitted and reenergized. Raleigh’s nomination highlighted the major efforts being taken to spur revitalization of a place that is central to the city’s identity and industrial heritage.

The Great Places Legislative event will be held Wednesday, May 23, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Press Event Room of the Legislative Building at 16 West Jones Street. At the event, APA-NC will be recognizing each of this year’s Great Places winners. Mayor Nancy McFarlane is expected to attend the event to represent Raleigh and make a few remarks.

“One of the great strengths of Raleigh is our ability to make incredible transformations,” said Mayor Nancy McFarlane. “We are fortunate to have an energetic business community, engaged residents, and an insightful staff that see potential and collaborate to meet existing and future needs – as was able to happen in the Peace Street corridor.”

Downtown Raleigh is growing and its downtown edges are expanding. In order to capture the growth and excitement in a meaningful way, Raleigh’s downtown borders must transform into gateways that link the urban core to Raleigh’s other industrial, residential and commercial hubs. The heavily-traveled Peace Street hugs the northern edge of Raleigh’s downtown and is a crucial connection to major thoroughfares and well-loved retail hubs like Seaboard Station and Cameron Village. Peace Street has lacked pedestrian, bicycle and green infrastructure and was lined with aging buildings and bridges.

However, through an intense visioning process for downtown Raleigh, streetscape plans, new development and revitalization projects, Peace Street is transforming into the main street of a thriving urban neighborhood.

The revitalization and improvements to Peace Street and surrounding nodes has been a joint effort by the City of Raleigh and a passionate community of citizens and developers. To illustrate the various development and planning contributing to Peace Street's revitalization, eight projects were highlighted. These include: the vision for North End and Glenwood Green within the 2015 Downtown Plan, Capital Boulevard Study, Peace Street Streetscape Plan, Blount/Person Corridor Study, Peace Street Bridge Replacement, Devereux Meadow Park and Smokey Hollow development project.

The award will be presented at a larger community event to be announced soon.

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