The former Tuxedo Junction has a new name. On Tuesday, July 9, the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to rename the facility the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre.
The board also gave permission for the town to proceed with planning a grand opening celebration at the facility Nov. 14-16.
In June the board voted to purchase the former Tuxedo Junction and Rejoice Community School for $1.18 million. The adjoining properties are located in Renaissance Place at the corner of Brooks Street and Elm Avenue. The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre (WFRC) currently includes 10,000 square feet of commercial space, while Rejoice Community School encompasses approximately 3,000 square feet.
Under the terms of the purchase agreement, Wake Forest will assume control of the Renaissance Centre in late July. Rejoice Community School will continue to operate at its current location through June 30, 2014. Town officials say the properties will be converted into a cultural center that hosts a variety of events and activities, with a special emphasis on the arts.
The purchase of the WFRC is the town’s latest significant investment in the downtown municipal district. Also known as the Renaissance District, the area encompasses approximately 220 acres and extends roughly from south of Holding Avenue to just north of Spring Street and between South White Street
Other notable downtown initiatives in recent years include the completion of phases two and three of the South White Streetscape project in 2012, the Wake Forest Town Hall in 2009 and the Franklin Street project, also in 2009.
For more information about the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, contact Parks and Recreation Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.