On Tuesday, March 12, 2019 we attended the 2nd Community Meeting for the US 158/Northern Beltway Interchange plan. This meeting was conducted by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Planning and Development Services to see what the community would like to see there as the interchange brings growth to the area. This meeting encouraged actual discussion and planning in small groups to identify land use locations and building placement.
There were several residents from the Morris Farm neighborhood in group one, and they had concerns about increased noise and traffic. Morris Farm includes Kelly's Trail, Katie's Trail, and Michael's Trail, which abut the property in discussion. In addition to noise buffers, their ideas included a retirement community on the side closest to their neighborhood, medical offices, and mixed use town homes. They would also like to see low signage for businesses.
Group two suggested free standing, sit down restaurants and small retail, such as shoe and clothing stores. The group suggested that it would be nice to have the same type of feel as downtown Kernersville. They also suggested medical offices, such as urgent care and a dental office, and recreation such as a YMCA or an outdoor pool. This group did not want high density housing.
Both groups suggested some type of park, greenway, or trail.
The next community meeting will be April 9, 2019. More detailed development , concepts, and layouts will be discussed.
You can learn more about Legacy 2030 on the City of Winston-Salem website here.
By Jessica Thomas Lewis