As part of its Strategic Housing Plan, UNCG is looking at areas where it may expand.
South of campus – along Lee Street and one-two blocks into the Glenwood neighborhood as far as Haywood Street – is a strong possibility. A convenient pedestrian passageway under the railroad tracks is envisioned, to connect the current campus area with additional student housing, retail and restaurants on the other side. Also envisioned is an indoor recreation center, parking facility and consolidated police station. UNCG has been communicating with and meeting with residents of Glenwood about the possibilities.
The future land uses in the 2008 Glenwood Neighborhood Plan do not coordinate completely with what the university would likely need. Over the past two months, UNCG officials have been talking with representatives and members of the Glenwood community. “It is our preference to collaborate with the neighborhood and coordinate with the neighborhood’s planning effort for future land use,” Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises Mike Byers told the neighborhood association.
A change in the Glenwood Neighborhood Plan would:
- Allow UNCG to create the Glenwood Mixed-Use Neighborhood along Lee Street and bordered by Aycock, Freeman Mill and Haywood. This proposed amendment would expand the Mixed-Use Neighborhood to Haywood. Mixed-use may include such uses as retail, eateries and offices in addition to residential.
- This would allow UNCG to develop an urban corridor along Lee Street consisting of a mix of retail/restaurant, office, institutional and student housing, owned and managed by the university, with the maintenance and security services typical of the existing UNCG campus.
- It would also allow for such development to be done in a way that complements the core Glenwood Neighborhood and transitions to single-family in the neighborhood in an appropriate and pleasing manner.
UNCG hosted two public meetings on May 26 to allow neighborhood and community members an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments on our proposal. An additional meeting was on June 12. [See May 18 and June 9 newspaper reports.] They shared some concepts that show what would be possible, in such a plan.
Using what UNCG officials heard and learned at the meetings and the GGNA meeting on June 3, it is expected that UNCG’s proposal will be modified to create a better fit with the neighborhood’s vision, based on that feedback from residents and leadership.
UNCG has asked that the neighborhood association reserve time at its meeting on July 1 to consider the approval of UNCG’s request to modify the Glenwood Neighborhood Plan. If progress continues to be made, planning could begin immediately with hope of starting construction on the first phase of student housing in 2011.
More information can be found at http://campusenterprises.uncg.edu/community.html.
Visual: Part of a slide from a presentation. This draft shows some of the area being discussed.