Here is a photo of the Kimley-Horn’s planners that answered questions, explained the design, listened. I thought they were fantastic, both professional and happy to share their knowledge. The firm works closely (from their website) with clients to take an early and proactive approach to urban infrastructure, urban mobility, and project funding. Our collaborative and inclusive approach to consensus building engages the public as part of the process, educates them on the issues, and invests them in the solution. And our award-winning, proven approach continues to help clients make the “ideal real.”
I have written several times about this Railroad shed as a significant addition to the revitalization of the Main Street area. The polished rendering that Kimly-Horn has for the community is beyond my imagination. I am THRILLED with this design, the creativity and its versatility. The interesting landscaping anchors the entire scene. This vision for the preservation of the railroad shed will be an award- winning design that brings recognition to Rocky Mount’s revitalization efforts. It deserves a blue ribbon for repurposing: a shed with a new purpose. I remembered a camp song…rise and shine and give God your glory-glory. This plan is a rise and shine happening.
If you read Bill West’s article for further information, trust in my positive reaction to the Kimley-Horn staff, I hope you will take the long view of preserving the shed and support this project. I used a watercolor app on the photo below that suited my dreams for saving and repurposing the shed. My enthusiasm for this project goes beyond preservation. This is not a ‘tried to and couldn’t’ offering from some doggy design company with a shaky reputation. This piece of the revitalization puzzle will be a source of pride in honoring the past, while building the future. The plan awaits approval by the City Council and depends on city financing. Keep your eyes on this project. Perhaps share this blog post with friends. The ribbon cutting is a day to look forward to.
Visit the project website: engagekh.com/fallsroad. A placeholder name, Depot Park Site, is being used now. Your suggestions for naming are welcome on the project website.
I am adding the link to a post I wrote on Mainstreetrockymount.com Reimagining of the Railroad shed 8/30/20
Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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