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Laurel Park sets drop-ins on U.S. 64, greenway studies

LAUREL PARK — Laurel Park has scheduled separate drop-in meetings next week to hear feedback on its corridor and greenway studies.

A Corridor Study meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 3, at First Congregational Church. The Corridor Study is a companion piece to the 2026 Comprehensive Plan. It's focused on the commercial area in Laurel Park, which is limited to the U.S. 64/Brevard Road corridor. Drop by to see the results of the study so far and get a glimpse of a possible vision for the future of Laurel Park's commercial area.

Corridor Study goals are to:
- Illustrate key design concepts and elements to incorporate along the corridor.
- Identify and collect market data through business owner outreach
- Document existing conditions
- Identify trade area demographics
- Present detailed market segmentation data using PRIZM Lifestage characteristics
- Demonstrate the amount of retail sales "leakage" from the trade areas
- Make recommendations for key opportunities for retail and economic development that could be used both to enhance existing businesses and recruit additional businesses

This planning effort is possible due to a 50 percent Emerging Opportunities Grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

A Bike & Pedestrian Plan drop-in opportunity is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, also at First Congregational Church.

Drop by to help prioritize the plan’s recommendations. And don’t forget to check out the plan’s survey and interactive map. The Bike & Pedestrian Plan is funded by a 90 percent grant from NCDOT.