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<ul><li><p>MAIN STREET REVITALIZATION PLAN</p><p>ONWARDNORTHCAROLINA</p></li><li><p>Destination by Design Planning, LLC | 815 West King Street, Suite 2 | Boone, North Carolina 28607 | 828.386.1866 | www.DbDplanning.com</p><p>PRODUCED FOR</p><p>PRODUCED BY</p><p>The Town of Walnut Cove</p><p>MAIN STREET REVITALIZATION PLAN</p><p>ONWARDNORTHCAROLINA</p></li><li><p>acknowledgments</p><p>LYNN LEWISMAYOR</p><p>ELWOOD MABEMAYOR PRO TEM</p><p>SHARON CONAWAYCOMMISSIONER</p><p>DANNY HAIRSTONCOMMISSIONER</p><p>CHARLES MITCHELLCOMMISSIONER</p></li><li><p>/INTRODUCTIONMain Street: A Strategic Economic Development Priority</p><p>table of contents</p><p>/01 EXISTING CONDITIONS &amp; ANALYSISOpportunities and Constraints: A Foundation for Practical Solutions</p><p>/02 RECOMMENDATIONSInfrastructure Investments to Grow and Develop Small Business</p><p>/03 IMPLEMENTATIONRealistic Strategies to Phase and Finance Improvements</p></li><li><p>OUR ROOTS RUN DEEP</p></li><li><p>LET'S DEVELOP A VISION FOR MAIN STREET</p><p>This chapter provides a background and overview for the Walnut Cove Main Street Revitalization planning effort. Described are specific plan objectives and the planning process used by town leaders as well as the planning &amp; design consultant team. This chapter concludes with an overview of the Main Street Revitalization Plan public workshop held on December 4, 2015.</p><p>IN THIS CHAPTER Background and Purpose Plan Objectives Plan Process Public Engagement</p><p>INTRODUCTION</p><p> I</p></li><li><p>2I N T R O D U C T I O N</p><p>WALNUT COVE: A NORTH CAROLINA SMALL TOWN MAIN STREET COMMUNITYSince 2005, Walnut Cove has been recognized by the NC Department of Commerce as an NC Small Town Main Street Community. With this designation comes a responsibility to work toward an ever-improving Main Street. The Walnut Cove Main Street Committee has worked tirelessly to improve downtown aesthetics and conduct community events. This planning effort will further support of the work of this Committee.</p><p>THE MAIN STREET FOUR POINT APPROACHThe NC Small Town Main Street Program recognizes the National Main Street Centers Four Point Approach, which includes Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring. Each of these elements is critical for ensuring that Main Street remains vibrant and suitable for small business growth and development. Although this plan addresses, to some extent, all elements of the Main Street Four Point Approach, this plans core focus is design and specifically Walnut Coves streetscape and public space.</p><p>From August 2013 to May 2015, the Town of Walnut Cove worked alongside Stokes County and its other municipal jurisdictions to create a unified vision -- the Stokes 2035 Vision Plan. After a series of public visioning workshops and intensive focus groups throughout the planning process, there was clear consensus among local leaders and citizens that any economic development strategy must include the revitalization of Downtown Walnut Cove. </p><p>After adopting the Stokes 2035 Vision Plan, the Walnut Cove Town Commissioners pursued and successfully secured grant funding from the NC Department of Commerce to develop the Main Street Revitalization Plan. This plan represents the first initiative as part of the Stokes 2035 Vision Plan to be implemented by a local governing body. This plan and its process is critical for developing consensus among downtown landowners and NCDOT, as well as to communicate to potential grant funding agencies that can help provide financial assistance to implement proposed streetscape and other downtown improvements.</p><p>STOKESCOUNTYSTOKESSTOKES 203520352035COUNTYCOUNTYm o v i n g t o g e t h e r</p><p>Public workshops during the Stokes 2035 vision plan revealed a need for an in-depth plan to revitalize Downtown Walnut Cove.</p><p>stokes 2035 vision plan</p><p>#1AESTHETICSImprove the </p><p>aesthetic appearance and </p><p>economic welfare of the downtown.</p><p>#2PRESERVATION</p><p>Encourage the rehabilitation of existing historic </p><p>structures.</p><p>#3SAFETY</p><p>Address existing safety concerns associated with </p><p>deteriorated buildings.</p><p>#4COMPATIBILITY</p><p>Ensure the compatibility of </p><p>development and redevelopment.</p><p>#5FINANCING</p><p>Provide recommendations </p><p>for financing public improvements.</p><p>#6INVESTMENT</p><p>Identify strategic public-private partnerships </p><p>opportunities.</p><p>PLAN OBJECTIVES</p><p>Although this plan addresses to some extent all elements of the Main Street Four Point Approach, this plan's core focus is design and </p><p>specifically Walnut Coves streetscape and public space.</p><p>THE NORTH </p><p>CARO</p><p>LINA MAIN STREET PROGRAM</p><p>FOUR POINT APPROA</p><p>CH</p><p>BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE</p></li><li><p>3I N T R O D U C T I O N</p><p>PLANNING PROCESS</p><p> Finalize the study areaboundary</p><p> Develop plan informationmaterials: Project Brandand Fact Sheet</p><p> Town Commissionpresentation and requestto proceed</p><p> Existing Conditions DataCollection</p><p> Property and StructuralEvaluation</p><p> Framework Plan</p><p> NCDOT, USDA meeting</p><p> Streetscape Plan</p><p> Faade Plan</p><p> Landowner Outreach</p><p> Final Plan Preparation</p><p> Financing and GrantDocumentation</p><p> Final Plan Presentation</p><p>MARCH-AUGUST, 2015 AUGUST-SEPTEMBER, 2015 SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER, 2015 DECEMBER-FEBRUARY, 2015-16</p><p>DIREC</p><p>TION S</p><p>ETTING</p><p>analy</p><p>sis &amp;</p><p> fram</p><p>ewor</p><p>k pla</p><p>n</p><p>plan</p><p> deve</p><p>lopm</p><p>ent</p><p>final</p><p> plan</p><p> deve</p><p>lopm</p><p>ent</p><p>MAIN STREET REVITALIZATION PLAN</p><p>ONWARDNORTHCAROLINA</p><p> Landowner &amp; PublicWorkshop</p><p> Plan revisions based uponpublic input</p><p>DECEMBER, 2015</p><p>publ</p><p>ic en</p><p>gage</p><p>ment</p></li><li><p>LET'S CONSIDER WALNUT COVE'S OPPORTUNITIES AND CONSTRAINTS TO HELP ESTABLISH CLEAR AND PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS FOR IMPROVING ITS INFRASTRUCTURE.</p><p>This chapter provides a snapshot of Walnut Coves existing conditions and their implications for future development and redevelopment. Here we explore the towns regional context, land use patterns, zoning, and sidewalk network. Walnut Coves Main Street has both opportunities and constraints that when considered, provide a foundation for establishing clear and practical solutions for improving its infrastructure.</p><p>IN THIS CHAPTER A brief overview of Downtown Walnut Cove Opportunities and Challenges Existing Conditions Photograph Series Analysis Map Series</p><p>existing conditions &amp; analysis</p><p>1</p></li><li><p>6C H A P T E R O N E</p><p>THE BIG VISION: CREATE A WELCOMING DOWNTOWN ENVIRONMENT THAT WILL ATTRACT LOCALS AND VISITORS MORNING, DAY, AND NIGHT. </p><p>OPPORTUNITIES Walnut Cove has a traditional street grid layout and historical buildings worthy of revitalization. A significant number of buildings and tracts are vacant or undeveloped leaving opportunities for new </p><p>construction and infill development. </p><p> More than 11,000 cars travel Main Street each day. With a major public infrastructure investment, new businesses will be attracted to Walnut Cove. </p><p>CHALLENGES A significant amount of </p><p>traffic travels through Walnut Cove, but a small percentage of these travelers stop to visit Main Street.</p><p> Several historic structures need major repair. Major streetscape improvements will require a significant </p><p>financial investment from the town.</p><p>OUR ROOTS RUN DEEPTHE BIG PICTURE</p><p>vacancies &amp; repairs</p><p>Several buildings are in need of repair or lay vacant. </p><p>One current opportunity for Walnut Cove is its existing network of </p><p>neighborhood blocks that, with the addition of sidewalks, would create </p><p>a walkable community.</p><p>11,000 CARS / DAYcars &amp; NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCKS</p><p>Search Walnut Cove North Carolina in the 1940s on YouTube.</p><p>Stills from the video Walnut Cove North Carolina in the 1940s.</p><p>SEE WALNUT COVE OF THE 40S</p></li><li><p>E X I S T I N G C O N D I T I O N S &amp; A N A L Y S I S </p><p>7</p><p>EXISTING CONDITIONS</p><p>1</p><p>4</p><p>6</p><p>5</p><p>2 3</p><p>PHOTOS:(1) Parking to the sides or rear of buildings, rather than the front, makes for a more comfortable pedestrian experience.</p><p>(2) The Old Theater is a significant cultural asset and worthy of renovation.</p><p>(3) Downtown Main Street has a wide right-of-way, providing an opportunity for an enhanced streetscape.</p><p>(4) Fowler Park and the library serve as community spaces; Fowler Park could be improved to provide for more community programs.</p><p>(5) Antique stores along Main St. help to build upon the downtowns character and attract visitors to Walnut Cove.</p><p>(6) Some buildings on Main St. are unfortunately beyond repair. </p></li><li><p>8C H A P T E R O N EC H A P T E R O N E</p><p>8</p><p>89</p><p>311</p><p>311</p><p>65</p><p>LAKE SIDE </p><p>SPRINGDALE</p><p>OAK</p><p>OLDTO</p><p>WN</p><p>COUNTRY M</p><p>EADOWS</p><p>CLUBSU</p><p>MMIT</p><p>FLINCHU</p><p>M FARM</p><p>OLD TOW</p><p>N</p><p>RIDGE</p><p>SUMMIT</p><p>MAIN ST.</p><p>WINDMILL</p><p>BROAD</p><p>REGENCY APTS</p><p>SMITH</p><p>HERITAGE</p><p>FOWLER</p><p>WELLINGTON</p><p>REGENCY</p><p>MILLBROOK</p><p>MITCHELL</p><p>HAIRSTON</p><p>SCHOOLG</p><p>REENWA</p><p>Y OPPORTUNIT</p><p>Y </p><p>WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT</p><p>PROPOSED TRUCK ROUTE </p><p>SEVENTH</p><p>NINTH</p><p>SIXTH</p><p>FIFTH</p><p>EIGHT</p><p>HIGH</p><p>FOURTH</p><p>THIRD</p><p>SECOND</p><p>DEPOT</p><p>BROOK COVE</p><p>WWTP</p><p>WELL</p><p>HOUSE</p><p>TOWN FORK CREEK</p><p>MILLS CRE</p><p>EK</p><p>10MINUTEWALK</p><p>5MINUTEWALK</p><p>LEGE</p><p>ND</p><p>GREENWAY OPPORTUNITY</p><p>EXISTING SIDEWALK CONNECTOR</p><p>PROPOSED TRUCK ROUTE</p><p>COMMERCIAL NODE</p><p>MEADOW BROOK FIELD</p><p>SCHOOL</p><p>POST OFFICE</p><p>TOWN HALL</p><p>FOWLER PARK</p><p>LIBRARY</p><p>FIRE STATION</p><p>POINTS OF INTEREST</p><p>TRANSPORTATION</p><p>NORT</p><p>H</p><p>SCAL</p><p>E</p><p>0 125 250 500 FEET</p><p>20MINUTE DRIVE</p><p>TOHANGING ROCKSTATE PARK</p><p>30MINUTE DRIVE</p><p>TOWINSTON -SALEM</p><p>Walnut Cove is situated within a unique geographic context. Lets consider the following: </p><p> The town is well-positioned between a major city (Winston-Salem) and North Carolinas most visited state park (Hanging Rock).</p><p> More than 11,000 cars each day can utilize Highway 311/89 through the heart of downtown.</p><p> Oldtown Road could potentially serve as a route for large trucks so they might avoid downtown.</p><p> Creeks, streams, and their floodplains surround Walnut Coves downtown, creating an ideal opportunity for establishing a network of multi-use trails and greenways.</p><p>context</p><p>HANGING ROCK STATE PARK</p><p>WINSTON SALEM</p></li><li><p>E X I S T I N G C O N D I T I O N S &amp; A N A L Y S I S </p><p>9</p><p>MAIN</p><p>HIGH</p><p>SUMMITFO</p><p>UR</p><p>TH</p><p>SIX</p><p>TH</p><p>THIR</p><p>D</p><p>WINDMILL</p><p>MITCHELL</p><p>SE</p><p>CO</p><p>ND</p><p>FIFT</p><p>H</p><p>RID</p><p>GE</p><p>DEPOT</p><p>VALLEY</p><p>FIRST/OLDTOWN</p><p>BROAD</p><p>HAIRSTON</p><p>BRO</p><p>OK C</p><p>OVE</p><p>SIXTH</p><p>FIRS</p><p>T/OLD</p><p>TOW</p><p>N</p><p>NC OneMap, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, NC 911 Board</p><p>DEPOT</p><p>BROOK COVE</p><p>MITCHELL</p><p>WINDMILLPROJECT STUDY AREA</p><p>SUMMIT</p><p>HIGH</p><p>RIDGE</p><p>HAIRSTON</p><p>BROAD</p><p>5TH 6TH4TH3RD2ND1ST</p><p>MAIN ST. MAIN ST.</p><p>ALLEYS</p><p>JUST PLAIN COUNTRY</p><p>TUTTLE HARDWARE</p><p>ROLLERMILLS</p><p>SAMSPIZZA</p><p>TOWN F</p><p>ORK C</p><p>REEK</p><p>MILLS CREEK</p><p>LEGE</p><p>ND</p><p>NORT</p><p>H</p><p>SCAL</p><p>E</p><p>COMMERCIAL - RETAIL</p><p>COMMERCIAL - SERVICE</p><p>GOVERNMENT &amp; INSTITUTIONAL</p><p>LIGHT INDUSTRY </p><p>MULTI FAMILY</p><p>SINGLE FAMILY</p><p>UNDEVELOPED</p><p>VACANT</p><p>POST OFFICE</p><p>TOWN HALL</p><p>FOWLER PARK</p><p>LIBRARY</p><p>FIRE STATION</p><p>ASSETS LAND USE</p><p>0 125 250 500 FEET</p><p>MAIN</p><p>HIGH</p><p>SUMMIT</p><p>FOU</p><p>RTH</p><p>SIX</p><p>TH</p><p>THIR</p><p>D</p><p>WINDMILL</p><p>MITCHELL</p><p>SE</p><p>CO</p><p>ND</p><p>FIFT</p><p>H</p><p>RID</p><p>GE</p><p>DEPOT</p><p>VALLEY</p><p>FIRST/OLDTOWN</p><p>BROAD</p><p>HAIRSTON</p><p>K CO</p><p>VE</p><p>SIXTH</p><p>FIRS</p><p>T/OLD</p><p>TOW</p><p>NNC OneMap, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, NC 911 Board</p><p>DEPOT</p><p>BROOK COVE</p><p>MITCHELL</p><p>WINDMILLPROJECT STUDY AREA</p><p>SUMMIT</p><p>HIGHRIDGE</p><p>HAIRSTON</p><p>BROAD</p><p>5TH 6TH4TH3RD2ND1ST</p><p>MAIN ST. MAIN ST.</p><p>ALLEYS</p><p>JUST PLAIN COUNTRY</p><p>TUTTLE HARDWARE</p><p>ROLLERMILLS</p><p>SAMSPIZZA</p><p>TOWN F</p><p>ORK C</p><p>REEK</p><p>MILLS CREEK</p><p>LEGE</p><p>ND</p><p>NORT</p><p>H</p><p>SCAL</p><p>E</p><p>MIXED-USE </p><p>CIVIC </p><p>OPEN SPACE </p><p>POST OFFICE</p><p>TOWN HALL</p><p>FOWLER PARK</p><p>LIBRARY</p><p>FIRE STATION</p><p>ASSETS ZONING</p><p>0 125 250 500 FEET</p><p>Walnut Cove is a classic small town Main Street community. Lets consider the following:</p><p> The town has three government/ institutional areas including, the post office, town hall, and the northwest block that includes the library, Fowler Park, and the fire station.</p><p> Main Street provides for a mix of commercial retail and service businesses. There are three single-family homes and one multi-family complex within the </p><p>study area; there are no active residences above retail downtown.</p><p> There are several vacant properties that provide an opportunity for in-fill development.</p><p>Walnut Coves ordinance provides for mixed-use zoning in its downtown. However, the town must ensure the following are required within this zoning district: </p><p> 75% of Main Street frontage should be occupied by a building Parking areas should be placed on side or rear and must be appropriately </p><p>screened</p><p> Building fronts should contain approximately 60% windows on Main Street. Entrances must face Main Street.</p><p>*Recommended zoning changes are outlined in Chapter 3</p><p>land use existing zoning</p></li><li><p>10</p><p>C H A P T E R O N E</p><p>MAIN</p><p>HIGH</p><p>SUMMIT</p><p>FOU</p><p>RTH</p><p>SIX</p><p>TH</p><p>THIR</p><p>D</p><p>WINDMILL</p><p>MITCHELL</p><p>SE</p><p>CO</p><p>ND</p><p>FIFT</p><p>H</p><p>RID</p><p>GE</p><p>DEPOT</p><p>VALLEY</p><p>FIRST/OLDTOWN</p><p>BROAD</p><p>HAIRSTON</p><p>SIXTH</p><p>FIRS</p><p>T/OLD</p><p>TOW</p><p>N</p><p>NC OneMap, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, NC 911 Board</p><p>DEPOT</p><p>K COVE</p><p>MITCHELL</p><p>WINDMILLPROJECT STUDY AREA</p><p>SUMMIT</p><p>HIGH</p><p>RIDGE</p><p>HAIRSTON</p><p>BROAD</p><p>5TH 6TH4TH3RD2ND1ST</p><p>MAIN ST. MAIN ST.</p><p>TUTTLE HARDWARE</p><p>ROLLERMILLS</p><p>SAMSPIZZA</p><p>ALLEYS</p><p>JUST PLAIN COUNTRY</p><p>TOWN F</p><p>ORK C</p><p>REEK</p><p>MILLS CREEK</p><p>LEGE</p><p>ND</p><p>NORT</p><p>H</p><p>SCAL</p><p>E</p><p>POST OFFICE</p><p>TOWN HALL</p><p>FOWLER PARK</p><p>LIBRARY</p><p>FIRE STATION</p><p>UNDEVELOPED(no buildings)</p><p>VACANT(closed buildings)</p><p>ASSETS OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION</p><p>0 125 250 500 FEET</p><p>opportunities for new constructionAlthough Walnut Cove is anchored with a historic downtown infrastructure, there exists opportunities for new in-fill mixed-use development. Lets consider the following:</p><p> The town has control of two significant properties, including the old hotel site at 2nd and Main and a vacant lot adjacent to the old dentist building at 5th and Main. This plan provides specific recommendations for the old hotel property. </p><p> The downtowns main intersection, located at 3rd and Main, has two undeveloped corners. These properties currently provide for parking and outdoor storage, but the town should welcome new and appropriate development at these locations.</p><p> An opportunity exists along Windmill Street between 4th and 5th streets. One parcel is fully vacant, while the tract along 5th is underutilized. These locations would serve as prime locations for dense multi-family housing.</p><p>INTERSECTION OF 3RD &amp; MAIN ST</p><p>INTERSECTION NEAR 2ND &amp; MAIN ST</p></li><li><p>11</p><p>E X I S T I N G C O N D I T I O N S &amp; A N A L Y S I S </p><p>MAIN</p><p>HIGH</p><p>SUMMIT</p><p>FOU</p><p>RTH</p><p>SIX</p><p>TH</p><p>THIR</p><p>D</p><p>WINDMILL</p><p>MITCHELL</p><p>SE</p><p>CO</p><p>ND</p><p>FIFT</p><p>H</p><p>RID</p><p>GE</p><p>DEPOT</p><p>VALLEY</p><p>FIRST/OLDTOWN</p><p>BROAD</p><p>HAIRSTON</p><p>BRO</p><p>OK C</p><p>OVE</p><p>SIXTH</p><p>FIRS</p><p>T/OLD</p><p>TOW</p><p>N</p><p>NC OneMap, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, NC 911 Board</p><p>DEPOT</p><p>BROOK COVE</p><p>MITCHELL</p><p>WINDMILLPROJECT STUDY AREA</p><p>SUMMIT</p><p>HIGH</p><p>RIDGE</p><p>HAIRSTON</p><p>BROAD</p><p>5TH 6TH4TH3RD2ND1ST</p><p>MAIN ST. MAIN ST.</p><p>ALLEYS</p><p>JUST PLAIN COUNTRY</p><p>TUTTLE HARDWARE</p><p>ROLLERMILLS</p><p>SAMSPIZZA</p><p>TOWN F</p><p>ORK C</p><p>REEK</p><p>MILLS CREEK</p><p>1</p><p>2</p><p>LEGE</p><p>ND</p><p>NORT</p><p>H</p><p>SCAL</p><p>E</p><p>GATEWAY</p><p>100% INTERSECTION</p><p>EXISTING SIDEWALKS</p><p>OLD HOTEL</p><p>FOWLER PARK</p><p>POST OFFICE</p><p>TOWN HALL</p><p>FOWLER PARK</p><p>LIBRARY</p><p>FIRE STATION</p><p>ASSETS EXISTING STREETSCAPE INFRASTRUCTURE</p><p>SITE STUDY AREAS</p><p>120 125 250 500 FEET</p><p>framework planWith strategic public infrastructure investments and strong leadership, Walnut Cove can generate small business growth on Main Street. Lets consider the following:</p><p>1. ATTRACTIVE GATEWAYS</p><p> The south and north gateways into downtown provide opportunities to slow traffic, welcome locals and visitors, and begin telling the story of Walnut Cove.</p><p>2. ENHANCE FOWLER PARK</p><p> An enhanced Fowler Park, which is located at the downtowns north gateway, can provide unique programming opportunities that can regularly attract downtown visitors.</p><p>3. IMPROVE WALKABILITY</p><p> The downtown sidewalk system currently has some gaps, which are the result of extensive parking lot and driveway cuts. Design improvements within these areas should signal motorists of the likelihood of pedest...</p></li></ul>


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