Wake Forest mayor celebrates town in annual address

sbarr@newsobserver.comFebruary 24, 2014 

— Mayor Vivian Jones last week urged residents to continue to find ways to make the town a quality place to live and work.

In her annual “State of the Town” address, Jones noted significant developments from 2013, including the passage of the unified development ordinance; the purchase of the Renaissance Centre; attention to water quality issues; and installation of public art downtown.

Jones said that a decade ago, residents often complained about the town. Today, they’re far more likely to be enthusiastic about all it offers.

“Now there is an attitude of excitement,” she said. “Everyone talks about how much they love living here.”

She challenged residents to think big about what the next year could bring.

“We must keep our plans in front of us – reprioritize, add to them, and even change them when necessary – but all the while keep working toward the same goal, the development of our community,” she said.

The annual dinner and address are sponsored by the Wake Forest Rotary Club.

The speech will be televised on Channel 10 through the month of March and will be available at wakeforestnc.gov.

Apartments move ahead

The Board of Commissioners last week approved the Franklin Street Apartments, a project billed as a luxury apartment community downtown.

The project would be the first of its kind in that area.

The commissioners approved the project by a vote of 4-1, with Commissioner Margaret Stinnett dissenting. She had concerns about having only one entrance to the complex and how its buildings are positioned on the site.

The commissioners also approved a $26,000 contract for consultants to develop a public art plan for the town’s greenways.

 

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