Economic Revitalization through Environmental Enhancement
Why Travel to a Park? Why not Live and Work in a Park?

Our goal is to change an area located in the core city of High Point into a renewed place of natural beauty which will

1) attract and be ready to accommodate new business & industry;

2) encourage new uses for industrial buildings which so long sustained our economy;

3) create a better quality of life for residents and business;

4) clean up and revitalize streams and old railroad beds to make new greenways for walking and biking; and

5) foster childhood interest in ecology and the sciences by partnering with schools to create environmentally-oriented education.

This plan will maximize the economic benefits of environmental enhancement to save revenue, support sustainability, attract business, create jobs, increase real estate values, and improve health. In four steps, this plan proposes to:

I. Provide Incentives for Economic Development by working with property owners in the district to 1) facilitate the nomination of the district’s 9 historic furniture factories, textile & hosiery mills to the National Register of Historic Places to offer federal & state income tax credits for rehabilitation & adaptive re-use to create jobs, and 2) build on the growing cluster of the district’s Antiques, Arts, & Accessories.

II. Create an Interlocking Greenway throughout the District connecting residents & employees to schools, work, shopping, parks and recreation, while helping to insure clean water in Richland Creek and its branches, supply adequate storm water runoff & watershed protection, prevent flooding, preserve open space, and encourage alternative forms of transportation, such as walking and bicycling, to improve public health.

III. Develop a High-End Business Park Atmosphere throughout the District which honors the area’s history: install unique signage on the district’s signature greenway and sign toppers on all street signs, build bike lanes, allow golf carts, plant heavily trees & shrubs along streets, in parks, and on the greenway, establish urban orchards & native plant mini-parks, encourage community gardens, and promote solar energy.

IV. Build Collaborations to Help Implement the Plan to accomplish the above steps & furthermore to review zoning, development & design guidelines, facilitate strong ties to GTCC to provide residents & employees seeking job skills training & other educational pursuits, partner with police through churches and neighborhood associations to promote safety and the perception of safety, & provide new infill housing.

Working with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s City and Regional Planning Department, we plan to evaluate the Southwest Renewal Model over a five year period after the implementation of the four steps are complete, monitoring investments, job creation, real estate activity, permits, school improvements and their ratings, and parks and greenway Use.

Learn about the Ten Environmental Principles upon which this plan is based by clicking [here].