City Project board adopts resolution in support of Ignite High Point Master Plan

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — The Board of Directors of The City Project adopted and approved a resolution of support for the Ignite High Point Master Plan at its monthly board meeting on Dec. 2.

The resolution acknowledges the support of the city ($50,000), High Point University ($125,000) and the High Point Realtors Association ($30,000), with more than 100 business and community leaders who contributed a total of $410,000 for the revitalization studies and Master Plan by Duany Plater-Zyberk (DPZ) of Miami. It encourages city leaders to continue to spearhead the “revitalization ­in the Core City of High Point through actively marketing and promoting the return of people, businesses and services to the core city.”

It also notes that, “The positive economic impact of revitalization efforts across the country like those being promoted by The City Project have proven time and again to be of significant importance to the financial strength of any community by providing new business opportunities, jobs, an increase in property and sales tax revenues, and other tangible quality of life attributes.”

Richard Wood, chairman of The City Project Board, says the purpose of the resolution is for High Point associations and organizations as well as individuals to formally voice their pledge of support for the Ignite High Point Master Plan, an initiative of The City Project.

“If you want to see our core city revitalized; if you want to see High Point again become a hub of activity for people to work, play and live; if you want to not only keep our young people but attract those graduating from area colleges and universities, you should sign this petition,” he said.

The petition can be accessed through http://chn.ge/188ky0x.

“Ignite High Point is a public-private effort that is going to need full support of our citizens in order to fully support developers and entrepreneurs who want to move forward with us,” he said. “You can indicate your support publically or anonymously, and post your comments about why High Point needs to do this. It may be the most valuable five minutes you have ever spent on High Point’s future.”

DPZ of Miami was hired to help High Point revitalize uptown, downtown and the area surrounding High Point University. The nearly 200-page report includes the research and information given in presentations and at the charrettes, with analysis of existing conditions, proposed conditions and needed information about pedestrian quality, civic buildings, private lots, civic spaces, special districts, market buildings and traditional neighborhood examples. It also includes final renderings of the 14 specific projects generated during the public sessions led by DPZ and the many experts that attended. Some projects are in the public realm, while some will require private property development or improvements.

About Ignite High Point

Ignite High Point is an economic development initiative of The City Project of High Point. More than 100 private investors with support from the City of High Point contributed $410,000 to commission DPZ to create a master development plan for the downtown market district, uptown and High Point University areas. Duany and his team started the planning process for creating a master plan for a vibrant center city in High Point several months before the series of 11 charrettes held last spring. DPZ led the sessions, which brought the public together with urban planners, architects and other experts over a 10-day period for a lively exchange of ideas, which has resulted in 14 proposed projects intended to ignite urban renewal.

About the City Project

The mission of the City Project is to promote the growth and revitalization of the city’s 11-square-mile urban core. The non-profit is a public-private collaboration to generate the return of people, businesses and services to create an urban style of living; to identify and develop incentives, initiatives and funding; and to serve as a resource to energize neighborhood reinvestment. Established by the City of High Point in 2008, the 21-member board of directors reflects a cross-section of the community including private citizens, social organizations, educational institutions, businesses and elected officials.

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