Choice Neighborhoods Initiative
The Housing Authority of the City of Wilson has partnered with the City of Wilson to develop a Transformation Plan for the neighborhood around Whitfield Homes. In the Center City neighborhood, Whitfield Homes is the only large multifamily public housing property and is isolated from the rest of the community. Center City has a poverty rate of over 50 percent and an unemployment rate of 46 percent. Despite the neighborhood distress, the area has several key assets including new residential and commercial developments, a planned park and greenway that will tie the Whitfield site to a major new recreational area traversing much of the city, the city Transit Center and Amtrak station, a recreation center, early education center, community college and the planned Whirligig Park.
The Choice Neighborhoods planning process will focus on establishing partnerships necessary to carry out neighborhood redevelopment, including the development of a financing plan and phasing model; reconnecting Whitfield Homes to downtown; strategies to make available community and supportive services to residents throughout the target area; creating momentum for the private sector to revitalize and rebuild downtown retail businesses; and establishing a strong early childhood education anchor institution that provides high-quality education to local children.
Overall Boundary Map:
Opportunity Analysis Maps:
Highway 301 Corridor:
Highway 301 Schematic Diagram:
Results from February Charrette:
- Comprehensive Plan
- Safe Routes to School
- Bicycle Plan
- Pedestrian Safety Action Plan
City of Wilson Center City Choice Neighborhood Initiative
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