Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. beleives one of the greatest opportunities we have in historic downtown Wake Forest is to fill the empty, old and dilapidated buildings
and spaces in the core of our community. One way to do that is to tap the creativity of the Triangle’s top architects in a charette or Design Workshop. WFD sponsored a Design Workshop in October 2015. See a SlideShare presentation with photos from the event here. Read the article in Raleigh’s Walter Magazine here
A charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development. It provides a forum for ideas and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to the designers. More importantly, it allows everyone who participates to be a mutual author of the plan.
A Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., planning committee was formed to further study and plan this event, called the Wake Forest Downtown Design Workshop. The planning committee members were Angela Jamison (co-chair), Matt Hale (co-chair), Bill Harrison, Chip Russell, Michelle Michael, Lisa Hayes and Mike Welton.
What was the desired outcome? A renewed vision for downtown Wake Forest and a re-energized citizenry committed to that vision.
. Increased awareness of historic downtown Wake Forest’s potential
. A spur to action and a source of ideas for property owners who either don’t know what to do about empty buildings or how to revitalize them for occupancy by a business
. The opportunity to bring new businesses downtown, attracting more people
. The potential to enhance and maintain the historic district’s charm and vibrancy.
Many of the ideas created and shared during the 2015 Wake Forest Design Workshop have been incorporated into the Renaissance Plan being updated by The Town of Wake Forest in 2016.