A better Wilkinson Boulevard will be built by the community.
The Build a Better Boulevard project will identify multi-modal transportation and streetscape design options and implementation strategies to improve the corridor at all scales, with a particular focus on how transportation and streetscape strategies impact placemaking and economic development. The study will take into account the current design of the highway, recommendations of any changes to the design of the highway, existing zoning and land uses as well as the goals and priorities of the communities the corridor impacts.
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Build a Better Boulevard Schedule of Events:
SUNDAY, AUGUST 24th, 2014
Two Rivers Ride:
Members of the Belmont, Cramerton, and McAdenville communities joined in the first of what will become a regular community bicycle ride between and along the Catawba and South Fork Rivers in eastern Gaston County!
This inaugural Two River Ride started at 5:00 p.m. at South Main Cycles in downtown Belmont, and explored a 10 mile route along a variety of streets and paths in Belmont and Cramerton before finishing at Glenway Premium Pub in downtown Belmont.
MONDAY, AUGUST 25th, 2014
Members of the community representing property and business owners along the Wilkinson Boulevard corridor met with the staff and consultant team in determining how to build a better Wilkinson Boulevard.
A full house of citizens and stakeholders convened at the Build a Better Boulevard Opening Presentation, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Cramerton Town Hall, introduced by Demetri Baches of Metrocology and presented by Rick Hall of Hall Planning & Engineering.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 26th, 2014
Municipal Staffs Meeting:
Members of the municipal staffs of Belmont, Cramerton, and McAdenville met with the consultant members of the Build a Better Boulevard team in developing a framework for the proposals of the Wilkinson Boulevard corridor study project, based on the input of the public and the recommendations of the Stakeholders collected during the Stakeholders Meetings, the Opening Presentation, and in public comments submitted via the Build a Better Boulevard Facebook page.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 15th, 2014
Presentation of Recommendations:
The public is invited to the Build a Better Boulevard Presentation of Recommendations. Demetri Baches of Metrocology and Rick Hall of Hall Planning & Engineering will present their research on the Wilkinson Boulevard corridor and their recommendations for building a better boulevard. The presentation will take place at Cramerton Town Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 15th and all are invited to attend. Recommendations will be posted on this page immediately following the presentation.
Missed the Opening Presentation on Monday, August 25, or missed a detail that one of the speakers gave during their presentation? Below you can view and download slides from the Introduction given by Demetri Baches (AICP, ULI, CNU-A) of Metrocology, as well as the Lecture given by Rick Hall (P.E. FITE, CNU-A) of Hall Planning & Engineering.
Thanks to all who came out for the inaugural Two Rivers Ride, which took place on Sunday, August 24 from 5:00-7:00pm!
The ride brought nearly 30 bicyclists through the streets of Belmont and Cramerton, led by local cycling-supporters Bill Toole and Steve Pepitone and joined by members of the Build a Better Boulevard team as well as community members of a variety of ages and abilities. We want to thank everyone for participating, and we encourage you to follow the Facebook page of South Main Cycles for updates on the upcoming rides scheduled for Sunday, September 21 and Sunday, October 26.
As Cramerton Mayor and Two Rivers Ride participant Ronnie Worley says, "Let's ride!"