Greensboro discussing future of Lawndale corridor

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Today the Greensboro Planning Department presented the first part of its Lawndale Drive Corridor Plan to the Planning Board. The plan is intended to advise future growth decisions along the busy Greensboro road.

This first report, or "Phase I," covers the stretch of Lawndale from West Cornwallis Drive to West Cone Boulevard.

Hanna Cockburn, long range and strategic planning manager for the City of Greensboro, was the primary writer behind the plan, which took about a year to put together.

"This first phase of the Lawndale area is a thriving corridor," she said. "It has a real diversity of uses. It has residential. It has great commercial opportunities. It's really a great part of the city."

Cockburn said that there is no imminent development in particular that caused the plan to be written. Rather, it was requested by the Greensboro City Council in anticipation of development that is likely to come to the desirable area.

"The development pressures along Lawndale Drive continue to exist," Cockburn said. "It is a desirable place. It has a good mixture and convenience."

Cockburn said there are three main recommendations in the report to consider in future developments. Those are maintaining the tree canopy, ensuring that new buildings mirror the architecture and quality of existing buildings and "enhancing non-motorized amenities," which includes completing the Atlantic and Yadkin Greenway and adding crosswalks.

She said the ideas and priorities in the plan were a result of her conversations with those in the Lawndale Drive community.

"Businesses, home owners, property owners," she said. "It's a real reflection of the things we heard directly from them."

Two more plans for Lawndale, Phase II and Phase III, have not yet been released. In total, the plans will cover a 3.6 mile stretch of the road.

To view the report or submit comments and suggestions for Lawndale's development, visit greensboro-nc.gov.

The period for public comment on it ends Feb. 1 and the planning board is expected to offer a recommendation to the city council on it Feb. 18.

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