Target Areas for Economic Development in the Comprehensive Plan

An analysis of the City of Raleigh conducted during the Comprehensive Plan Update identified areas that demonstrated the need and opportunity for economic intervention and improvement. The analysis examined the lowest-ranked census tracts according to poverty and unemployment pervasion and identified areas that featured clusters of housing code violations and/or instances of tax arrears, as well as underutilized commercial land (where value of the land exceeded the value of the structure or improvement on the land).

The new Comprehensive Plan presents these parts of the City as areas that warrant catalytic public intervention by the public sector with the intention of leveraging private sector investment. These areas have been targeted because of their economic development potential to improve access to jobs, goods, and services or because they warrant improvement following decades of blight, public safety concerns, or lack of investment.

Target Areas for Economic Development and Revitalization
1. Glenwood Avenue northwest from Pleasant Valley to Ebenezer Church Road
2. Falls of Neuse Road from Lynn Road to Newton Road
3. Mini-City
4. Atlantic Avenue from I-440 to Spring Forest Road
5. Capital Boulevard from I-440 to Mini-City
6. New Bern Avenue / I-440 East
7. Capital Boulevard from Downtown to I-440
8. Saunders North
9. Wilmington Street from Tryon Road to I-440
10. Hillsborough Street/University North
11. Downtown East
12. Poole Road South
13. I-440 Southeast
14. Auburn Church
15. I-440 South from Lake Wheeler Road to S. Saunders Street
16. Oberlin Village
17. University West
18. NC 54/Jones Franklin Road

The City Council will prioritize these and other areas of the City for public intervention. Strategies for each area will be devised from existing resources to inject much needed capital improvement or incentives to improve these areas over the next 20 years.

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