GREENSBORO, NC -- Mayor Robbie Perkins says development plans for East Greensboro are long overdue and if the community can take advantage of recent growth the entire city will benefit.
Perkins and city staff will present plans to the community on Monday at Dudley High School to discuss how East Greensboro can become more inclusive with the rest of the city.
Perkins says recent studies show connectivity issues from north to south that tends to exclude East Greensboro.
“If you look around it just doesn't seem to be growing at all -- as far as development,” said Perkins. “We want to create one Greensboro.”
Mayor Perkins says plans are already underway bridging the gap from East Greensboro with the rest of the city by extending Cone Boulevard so people have better transportation and more access to shopping.
“That will connect the neighborhoods back up off of Phillips Avenue with a retail center. Right now they've t got to go around their elbow to get the shopping center,” said Perkins.
But most importantly Mayor Perkins plans to build up East Lee and Florida streets by creating jobs.
"The Nano Tech center, the joint venture between NC A&T and UNCG, is one of the three huge community aspects that we think can spin hundreds of -- if not thousands of jobs in the next decade," said Perkins.
Perkins says more jobs and a new YMCA at Barber Park is one of many ways to build community engagement.
“To build a new $11 million facility… that will act as an amenity for the research park,” said Perkins adding, "I think that's a great idea."
Perkins says this is only the beginning and by wisely spending the city can continue to build on success.
“This is a great city and I think it's time for Greensboro to stand up,” said Perkins.
Monday at the community session there will be a question and answer period for the community. Citizens are encouraged to attend and offer their suggestions.