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  • MAIN STREET REVITALIZATION PLAN

    ONWARDNORTHCAROLINA

  • Destination by Design Planning, LLC | 815 West King Street, Suite 2 | Boone, North Carolina 28607 | 828.386.1866 | www.DbDplanning.com

    PRODUCED FOR

    PRODUCED BY

    The Town of Walnut Cove

    MAIN STREET REVITALIZATION PLAN

    ONWARDNORTHCAROLINA

  • acknowledgments

    LYNN LEWISMAYOR

    ELWOOD MABEMAYOR PRO TEM

    SHARON CONAWAYCOMMISSIONER

    DANNY HAIRSTONCOMMISSIONER

    CHARLES MITCHELLCOMMISSIONER

  • /INTRODUCTIONMain Street: A Strategic Economic Development Priority

    table of contents

    /01 EXISTING CONDITIONS & ANALYSISOpportunities and Constraints: A Foundation for Practical Solutions

    /02 RECOMMENDATIONSInfrastructure Investments to Grow and Develop Small Business

    /03 IMPLEMENTATIONRealistic Strategies to Phase and Finance Improvements

  • OUR ROOTS RUN DEEP

  • LET'S DEVELOP A VISION FOR MAIN STREET

    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 & design consultant team. This chapter concludes with an overview of the Main Street Revitalization Plan public workshop held on December 4, 2015.

    IN THIS CHAPTER Background and Purpose Plan Objectives Plan Process Public Engagement

    INTRODUCTION

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  • 2I N T R O D U C T I O N

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    STOKESCOUNTYSTOKESSTOKES 203520352035COUNTYCOUNTYm o v i n g t o g e t h e r

    Public workshops during the Stokes 2035 vision plan revealed a need for an in-depth plan to revitalize Downtown Walnut Cove.

    stokes 2035 vision plan

    #1AESTHETICSImprove the

    aesthetic appearance and

    economic welfare of the downtown.

    #2PRESERVATION

    Encourage the rehabilitation of existing historic

    structures.

    #3SAFETY

    Address existing safety concerns associated with

    deteriorated buildings.

    #4COMPATIBILITY

    Ensure the compatibility of

    development and redevelopment.

    #5FINANCING

    Provide recommendations

    for financing public improvements.

    #6INVESTMENT

    Identify strategic public-private partnerships

    opportunities.

    PLAN OBJECTIVES

    Although this plan addresses to some extent all elements of the Main Street Four Point Approach, this plan's core focus is design and

    specifically Walnut Coves streetscape and public space.

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    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE

  • 3I N T R O D U C T I O N

    PLANNING PROCESS

    Finalize the study areaboundary

    Develop plan informationmaterials: Project Brandand Fact Sheet

    Town Commissionpresentation and requestto proceed

    Existing Conditions DataCollection

    Property and StructuralEvaluation

    Framework Plan

    NCDOT, USDA meeting

    Streetscape Plan

    Faade Plan

    Landowner Outreach

    Final Plan Preparation

    Financing and GrantDocumentation

    Final Plan Presentation

    MARCH-AUGUST, 2015 AUGUST-SEPTEMBER, 2015 SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER, 2015 DECEMBER-FEBRUARY, 2015-16

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    Landowner & PublicWorkshop

    Plan revisions based uponpublic input

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  • LET'S CONSIDER WALNUT COVE'S OPPORTUNITIES AND CONSTRAINTS TO HELP ESTABLISH CLEAR AND PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS FOR IMPROVING ITS INFRASTRUCTURE.

    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.

    IN THIS CHAPTER A brief overview of Downtown Walnut Cove Opportunities and Challenges Existing Conditions Photograph Series Analysis Map Series

    existing conditions & analysis

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  • 6C H A P T E R O N E

    THE BIG VISION: CREATE A WELCOMING DOWNTOWN ENVIRONMENT THAT WILL ATTRACT LOCALS AND VISITORS MORNING, DAY, AND NIGHT.

    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

    construction and infill development.

    More than 11,000 cars travel Main Street each day. With a major public infrastructure investment, new businesses will be attracted to Walnut Cove.

    CHALLENGES A significant amount of

    traffic travels through Walnut Cove, but a small percentage of these travelers stop to visit Main Street.

    Several historic structures need major repair. Major streetscape improvements will require a significant

    financial investment from the town.

    OUR ROOTS RUN DEEPTHE BIG PICTURE

    vacancies & repairs

    Several buildings are in need of repair or lay vacant.

    One current opportunity for Walnut Cove is its existing network of

    neighborhood blocks that, with the addition of sidewalks, would create

    a walkable community.

    11,000 CARS / DAYcars & NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCKS

    Search Walnut Cove North Carolina in the 1940s on YouTube.

    Stills from the video Walnut Cove North Carolina in the 1940s.

    SEE WALNUT COVE OF THE 40S

  • E X I S T I N G C O N D I T I O N S & A N A L Y S I S

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    PHOTOS:(1) Parking to the sides or rear of buildings, rather than the front, makes for a more comfortable pedestrian experience.

    (2) The Old Theater is a significant cultural asset and worthy of renovation.

    (3) Downtown Main Street has a wide right-of-way, providing an opportunity for an enhanced streetscape.

    (4) Fowler Park and the library serve as community spaces; Fowler Park could be improved to provide for more community programs.

    (5) Antique stores along Main St. help to build upon the downtowns character and attract visitors to Walnut Cove.

    (6) Some buildings on Main St. are unfortunately beyond repair.

  • 8C H A P T E R O N EC H A P T E R O N E

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