The Final Plan
The Final Plan
The Master plan seeks to capitalize on the cohesive nature and historic layout of the WSSU campus. The tightly spaced buildings provide an opportunity to link enclosures together with a network of promenades, sidewalks and paths. Eliminating vehicular traffic and creating a system of paths that have distinct relationships to landmarks and destinations will lead to a pedestrian friendly campus.
The western entrance will be reactivated as the main gateway to the WSSU campus, as well as the University's link to old Winston-Salem. Wide sidewalks and street trees with regularly spaced decorative streetlights will line the street. Edge treatments will give the University identity and announce arrival, as well as acting as a gateway to the community.
Two interior streets, Bank and Price, are planned to be closed to vehicular traffic. Bank Street will be turned into a pedestrian mall. By lining it with trees, it will become a powerful visual axis that extends from the entry circle to Wallace Street. A tower is planned in the intersection of Bank Street and Price Street to set forth the image of the campus. From this mall, a hierarchy of pedestrian ways, defined by material and width, will weave together all parts of campus back to the main spine. This includes pedestrian ways that connect from the heart of campus to the greenway and proposed recreational areas south of the creek. Other pedestrian ways connect west to new instructional facilities.
MLK Drive will continue to be the main vehicular route through campus, and connect the University to the surrounding community. The proposed streetscape improvements will transform MLK Drive into a parkway through campus. Generous sidewalks, pedestrian scale lighting and raised, paved crosswalks will make it an inviting atmosphere for pedestrian and vehicular traffic alike. Parallel parking will act as a traffic calming measure and will provide much needed spaces.