Northeast Community Plan
Northeast Community Plan Virtual Community Workshops
March 9 & 13
We Need Your Ideas and Input! Please Join your neighbors in planning the future of the Northeast Community. Attend the virtual workshop and share what you WORRY ABOUT, would like to KEEP, and would like to CHANGE in your community. Join us in shaping the future of the community!
There are multiple ways to participate
1) Attend a virtual workshop via ZOOM on either Tuesday, March 9, from 6:30-8 pm or Saturday, March 13, from 10-11:30 am. Both meetings will have the same format and content.
Register to attend a virtual meeting by clicking on the date below you wish to attend. A zoom link will be provided upon registration.
3) Complete the online survey to make sure your voice is heard! Click here for the survey!
4) Want a paper survey? No problem! Please call Michelle Michael at 919-435-9516 request a paper survey and it will be mailed to you!
The Town of Wake Forest is developing a plan for the future of the Northeast Community. This plan will recommend policies and actions responding to current and future community needs. The goal is to help preserve the history, diversity, and affordability of the area while addressing issues of growth, economic health, public infrastructure, and preservation. There will be many opportunities for residents to share their input on the plan in a variety of ways.
The plan will address:
Existing conditions in the neighborhood, including issues related to housing and community facilities
Economic needs, such as local services and jobs
Public facility features, including bicycle and pedestrian paths
Preservation of community character
About the Timeline
The project team is conducting the Existing Conditions Analysis. During this phase the consultants have met with an Advisory Group consisting of residents and/or advocates for the Northeast Community. In September the consultants held over twenty community stakeholder virtual interviews. These meetings and interviews have provided an opportunity to listen and learn about the Northeast Community and the Town of Wake Forest. On September 29th, Town staff led the consultants on a tour of the Northeast Community and Downtown Wake Forest. The information gathered so far will provide the consultants with a baseline of information regarding the community and the Town.
The next steps are to solicit information and ideas from the community. Due to COVID-19 we are taking every precaution to maintain safety. Therefore, the first step in the public kick-off will be a survey. The survey will be mailed to each home and also be available on this site in winter 2020. Stay tuned!
Northeast Community History
The Northeast Community has a bold and significant history in the Town of Wake Forest. After the Civil War, much of the land in the neighborhood was settled by African Americans and many of today’s residents are descendants of the early families. Early residents were teachers, farmers, blacksmiths, barbers, house builders, carpenters, campus workers, railroad workers, grocers, and dry cleaners among others.
Olive Branch Church was established in this area shortly after the close of the Civil War and became the cornerstone of the African American community. A freedman’s school and later public school were located adjacent to the church and at the site of today’s Alston Massenburg Center.
In 1905, Allen Young, born and raised in northeast Wake Forest, started the Spring Street Presbyterian Church and Mission School on Spring Street with Nathaniel Mitchell. Allen Young grew the Mission School, and it became the Wake Forest Normal and Industrial School, the first private school for African American children in Wake Forest. Young’s school operated until 1957, the year of his death.
Public education was also expanded in the 1920s under the Rosenwald Fund. In 1926, the W.E.B. DuBois School was established as a Rosenwald School to provide public educational opportunities to local African American children.
The areas surrounding the school are still owned and lived in by many of the alumni of the school. Residents of the northeast take great pride in their community and many have lived in the neighborhood their entire lives.
The Northeast Community Neighborhood is in the northeast quadrant of the Town of Wake Forest. It is comprised of over 300 acres of land that include more than 700 parcels. The neighborhood is bordered by Wait Avenue to the south, North White Street to the west, and abuts the downtown commercial area. This area is home to approximately 2,300 people and is comprised mostly of single-family housing with some private and public multi-family developments.
The neighborhood is also home to active churches, small businesses, the Ailey Young House historic site, the Wake Forest Cemetery, the DuBois campus, the Alston Massenburg Center, Taylor Street Park Spray Ground, and Ailey Young Park.
The Northeast Community Coalition (NECC) has taken an active advocacy role in the neighborhood with the mission to advocate for change and unity, to improve diversity and quality of life for the residents by creating community awareness and hope.