Public workshop set for SoSi district

Mar. 16, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


The SoSi community design workshop will take place on the GTCC-High Point campus, 901 S. Main St., Building H4, room 203. The event will begin with a breakfast at 8 a.m. Tuesday. A presentation will follow, with a charrette scheduled for 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An evening charrette session is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. A community wrap-up session and presentation of findings is scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The event will be free to the public, but anyone wishing to attend is asked to RSVP to Wendy Fuscoe at wendy.fuscoe@highpointnc.gov or by calling 883-8547.

 

Members of the public and development professionals will put their heads together this week to design potential uses for a vacant tract in one of High Point’s core city areas targeted for renewal.
The City Project will host a two-day community design workshop focused on a specific site in the Southside, or SoSi, district — a two-block commercial area opposite the Guilford Technical Community College High Point campus on S. Main Street.
The design session, or charrette, is being billed as an opportunity for all residents interested in the development and revitalization of the district to provide input on the best possible uses for the site.
“We really want to look at what the community wants to go in there — not to say that’s going to happen, but we hope to come up with something that really is feasible,” said Wendy Fuscoe, executive director of The City Project.
The charette will focus on 3.5 acres at S. Main Street and Vail Avenue that have been for sale for eight years. Fuscoe said there were discussions with the property owner about developing a hotel there several years ago, but nothing came of the idea. The site also has generated recent interest from developers, she said.
The workshop will be facilitated by the Center for Creative Economy, based in Winston-Salem, through its affiliate, Design Link. The CCE and Design Link will bring a team of designers, architects, urban planners and economic development professionals to the sessions.
The team will make a presentation Tuesday morning on their findings, as well as what they’ve learned from the results of surveys that asked residents’ opinions on what they see as the problems or challenges with developing the site. The survey gave several options for what respondents would like to see there, such as a retail center, business incubator, park, civic center, grocery store or Internet cafe.
The charette will follow, when the design team will “help community members create a visual plan of possible uses for the site,” Fuscoe said.
The design team on Wednesday will present its findings based on the results of the charette, as well as its own input. Design Link will also prepare a formal report that will be presented to the community following the workshop.
“We are excited to be a part of revitalizing S. Main Street in High Point,” said Steve Ilderton, chairman of the SoSi revitalization district.  “Our intention is to be a catalyst in strengthening the involvement of local business and property owners.”
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