Community Development & Urban Design
The greenways you run on, the park your kids play at, the Main Street that your favorite restaurant sits along: these are all examples of what transforms a community into a home. Realizing the potential in an area or tract of land takes time, vision, and dedication, and that's where we come in. Our engineers, surveyors, and community development experts are dedicated to turning your vision into a reality. Our approach to community development is based around a commitment to engage the public and stakeholders, seamlessly navigate permitting and regulatory requirements, and design engaging spaces that encourage both community health and economic development. We can help you develop and improve:
- Roadways and streets
- Downtown revitalizations
Our Work in Your Communities
Center Street Streetscape - Goldsboro, North Carolina
45 new businesses opened and 22 properties sold to new investors.
Winner of a 2015 NC Main Street Award of Merit for Best Outdoor Public Space Improvement
Winner of a 2015 NC American Planning Association Great Main Street in the Making Award
To address functional, aesthetic, safety, scale and also aging infrastructure issues, in 2011, the City of Goldsboro set out to re-envision one block of Center Street. Due, at least in part, to this demonstration of commitment by the City’s leaders, along with a “Complete Street” design concept, the USDOT awarded Goldsboro a $10 million TIGER grant in 2013, a portion of which was earmarked to build three more blocks of their streetscape project, and the City, alongside Landscape Architect Allison Platt, turned to our team to help make it happen. This “Phase II” took the downtown to an entirely new level, installing three round-a-bouts, public art, a 12-foot granite fountain, bike lanes, extra wide sidewalks, mid-block crosswalks, underground utilities, Wi-Fi, music, game tables, shade trees and more green and pedestrian space than the street had ever seen. All of this was carefully balanced with design for vehicular movement and infrastructure improvements to ensure the City's new street would last.
As a result, since the 1st block began four years ago, 45 new businesses have opened (bringing the downtown total to 240) and 22 properties have been sold to new investors.
Clinton Downtown Revitalization - Clinton, North Carolina
New design draws new businesses and improves pedestrian experience
Winner of a 2013 NC Main Street Award of Merit for Best Outdoor Public Space Improvement
Improving the pedestrian experience and increasing public safety were paramount as the City of Clinton implemented a multi-phased downtown revitalization effort that included new lighting, street trees, open space plantings and street resurfacing designed for improved parking and traffic flow. Led by our community development team, the project covered a 6-block area and also included replacing water mains, installing conduits for Progress Energy power lines and Century Link / Star Vision communication lines, replacing curbs and gutters and replacing the existing sidewalk with a new concrete and brick-accented sidewalk. Additionally, a new parking area overlooking Cattail Branch with a new pedestrian friendly walking trail was constructed, along with the revitalization of another parking lot adjacent a new City art wall and pocket park. During the project we provided engineering services that included the development of the construction documents, bidding and negotiation assistance, coordination with utility companies through all phases of the project, and construction contract administration and construction observation.
Deep River Greenway Park System - Randleman, North Carolina
Nature trail master plan keeps community in mind
The City of Randleman Deep River Nature Trail Master Plan was developed to chart out the trail’s future course for expansion and preservation of this prized natural resource in the Deep River and to tell a story of the rich mill history located along the path. Delivered in 2015, The Wooten Company developed a plan for the Town of Randleman that would incorporate the Apple Road Park, Upton Property, River Bend Property, Beach Front, Nature Center and Riverwalk along the west side of Deep River. The overall goal for the plan’s creation was to prepare the City for its application for Parks and Recreation Trust Fund support of the Phase 1 implementation. The plan elaborated on public input gathered which expressed a strong desire for the Trail, as well as itemized community health and economic benefits that could be expected to make the case for funds to construct .25 miles of new trail to the City’s Worthville property in the same year. Following goals included improving connectivity to existing trails, optimizing the trails to function as conservation and enhancement tools for floodplain and riparian and wildlife habitat, and also facilitate a multi-agency approach to new trail development.
With ninety-seven percent of the United States population living on just three percent of its land mass, it is clear that the importance of a well-designed, charming, and balanced urban area is only going to increase.
Having been long-committed to offering expert design and engineering assistance, The Wooten Company partners with the region's best Landscape Architects, such as Allison Platt and Associates, to supply communities with an integrated provider for all their urban design and Main Street needs. This collaborative effort believes that a beautifully designed streetscape does more than simply connect spaces and places; a well-designed streetscape has the power to define the value and character of a city.
Forming a dedicated team focused on taking advantage of the asset that is “Main Street,” these independent firms come together, successfully combining both the creative and analytic sides of the brain to design and implement cohesive urban spaces for people to gather and businesses to grow.