by Bob Geary
[image-1]City staffers will no doubt be armed with colored dots and paper rolls -- the stuff of your basic planning charrette.
Be there or be unaware of what's coming next around the key Five Points intersection.
Do RSVP, y'all.
Details from the city are below:
CITY OF RALEIGH TO HOST CHARRETTE
FOR FIVE POINTS AREA ON SATURDAY
At the request of business owners in the Five Points area, the Raleigh Department of City Planning and the City’s Public Works Department will host a charrette on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1500 Glenwood Ave. The purpose of the charrette is to develop a strategic vision for the commercial area in the vicinity of the Five Points intersection. There will be introductions and a brief discussion of the Five Points area followed by a site visit. Participants will then return to the church for additional discussion about the area’s strengths and weaknesses and possible strategies.
City of Raleigh staff will provide background information, including maps, applicable regulations and plans, and supplies for the charrette.
Following is a draft vision statement for the Five Points area: “To create a vibrant “village center” experience that is pedestrian friendly, safe and attractive. The village center should be a special destination with unifying design features; a pleasant streetscape; ample parking for shoppers; and public spaces, wider sidewalks and safe crossings for pedestrians. The area would serve as a commercial destination that is an asset to the community, with special consideration given to pedestrian routes to and from the surrounding neighborhoods.”
For a map and directions to Our Savior Lutheran Church, go to http://www.oslcraleigh.org/LocationMap.htm.
For additional information, contact Carter Pettibone with the Raleigh Department of City Planning at 807-8482. Participants are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, Sept. 24.