Community Assistance News

Office of Community Assistance - Feb. 27, 2014

Cherry/Polo AreaResidents, business owners and members of the Wake Forest University community who live or work in the Polo Road - Cherry Street area are invited to participate in a multi-day workshop March 4, 5 and 7 to develop an improvement plan for the area.

Public input sessions will be held from 10 a.m. - noon or 3 -5 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, where residents, business owners and others can give their thoughts on how to improve, develop or redevelop the area in the general vicinity of the Polo Road-North Cherry Street intersection and east to the intersection of Polo Road and Indiana Avenue. These sessions will include a market analysis and discussion of sustainable development by the design team.

A second round of public input meetings will be held Wednesday, March 5, at 10 a.m. - noon or 6 - 8 p.m., where the design team will present potential scenarios and invite public response.

A final meeting will be held from 10 a.m. - noon Friday, March 7, where the design team will present its findings and sketches created from the community’s input. 

All meetings will be held at 515 Specialty Park Drive off North Cherry Street. Refreshments will be served at all sessions.

North Ward Council Member Denise D. Adams said the workshops are a vital first step toward improving an area that serves as the “gateway” to the North Ward. “We need the people who live and work there to participate in these sessions,” she said. “We need them to ‘buy in’ to the plan, and own it, and that can only happen if they are part of the process.”

To better prepare for the workshop, the design team has posted a survey online at

The workshop is a collaboration between the city, the Center for Creative Economy, DesignLink and Piedmont Together. For more information contact Deronda Kee-Lucas at 462-2426 or; or call CityLink 311.

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