Open house to focus on downtown development


A public open house about downtown development strategies will be held at 5 p.m. Friday in the Imperial Centre.


From Staff Reports

Monday, November 28, 2016

The city of Rocky Mount and Ratio Design will sponsor a public open house about downtown development strategies from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences.

Downtown Development Manager said John Jesso the purpose of the open house is to gather public input — including surveys — about what residents would like to see in the downtown area. 

“Earlier this year, the city of Rocky Mount engaged Ratio Design to assist us in developing a downtown strategy focused on the appropriate types of uses for the buildings downtown and creating distinct identities for specific areas of downtown to maximize redevelopment potential,” Jesso said.

The city is working with Ratio Design to implement a downtown strategy for the downtown central business district, gateways and corridors. The Raleigh-based Ratio Design “is an international, multidisciplinary practice of thought leaders, planners and designers,” according to the company’s website.

Radio design also will assist the city in increasing the wayfinding signage guiding travelers downtown from other areas of the city, as well as from major highways such as U.S. 64 and 301.

Refreshments will be provided during the open house, and families are invited to participate before attending First Friday. Surveys are short, and mini-workshops will be brief and informal.

For more information on the open house, call 919-821-0805 or e-mail rockymount@ratiodesign.com.