Open houses will focus on East Gate City Boulevard Corridor 

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The City of Greensboro is holding two open houses on the  East Gate City Boulevard next week.

City planning staff will host sessions at Windsor Recreation Center, 1601 E. Gate City Blvd., both from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 27 and 29.

The project will include staff from the housing and neighborhood development, parks and recreation, libraries and transportation departments.

Officials say the plan will guide future growth, create a unified vision and identify opportunities to leverage existing investments.

The East Gate City Boulevard Planning Area Existing Conditions Report details the current state of the area, historical context and past planning efforts.

Gate City Boulevard is one of Greensboro’s “main streets” extending from downtown to the city’s eastern border, passing through several activity centers interspersed with residential
neighborhoods, in an area that is rich with history.

The City started planning as part of a commitment to study specific areas of Greensboro to help implement the newly adopted GSO2040 comprehensive plan. East Gate City Boulevard was chosen for several reasons:

  • Ensuring that the many investments along the corridor are leveraged to best benefit neighborhoods;
  • coordinating and prioritizing policies from a variety of plans in and near the corridor
  • addressing transportation needs around a busy, major corridor
  • building on the successes of the plan for the adjacent portion of West Gate City Boulevard, in the “High Point Road/West Lee Street
    Corridor Plan”

Input from the public and recommentdations are included in the report for the study area including surrounding neighborhoods, several parks, city facilities, downtown, higher education, and a variety of institutions.

Some key findings from the report:

  • The area has excellent road access, limited walkability. East Gate City Boulevard provides quick vehicular access to downtown, parks, and highways.
    Travel within the larger study area can be more difficult due to an inconsistent street network, especially for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Past development in the area prioritized driving as the primary mode of transportation.
    Rich in City and Community Resources – several facilities and historical community resources are spread throughout the study area.
  • Predominantly residential, the corridor also has numerous examples of
    unique and creative land uses that are anchored by activity centers throughout.

Open houses are drop in format, with opportunities to review and comment through interactive activities on draft goals and the framework of the plan. City staff will be available to answer questions and discuss the project.

For more information, visit www.greensboro-nc.gov/EGateCity or contact senior planner Hart Crane at 336-373-2748 or by email.

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