Wake Forest 2016 in Review


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Wake Forest continues to be a sought after place to live. As a result, there has been a lot of growth in the area in 2016. We are all benefiting from the added public and private amenities that come with development. Here are some highlights of what we have experienced in our community in 2016:


  • Envision Sciences Academy was granted approval to build a charter school in the Traditions neighborhood.  It will be home to 650 students in grades K-8. It is expected to open Winter 2017.
  • Franklin County Animal Shelter got a face lift thanks to a grant and volunteer assistance from the Legacy Center NC158 Leadership Team. Improvements includes a dog play area and walking trails.
  • Wake County Schools approved a massive renovation at Rolesville Elementary school including replacing the gymnasium with a multi-purpose room and cafeteria as well as bringing all the buildings under one roof.


  • Rolesville Fire Department announced a plan to add three fire substations to the area due to the growth.
  • Rolesville town approved $6,000 to go towards a future stoplight at Jones Dairy and Averette Roads due to residential development in the area.


  • Construction of a new town hall begins in Youngsville.
  • Wake Forest Fire Department dedicated Station 4 on Jenkins Road to reduce call times on the west side of town and rural service beyond.
  • Lidl, a discount grocery store, announces plans to build at the intersection of S. Main Street and Highway 98.
  • Wake Forest Town board announces renovating the town-owned Renaissance Centre could cost $1.1 million dollars. The centre has hosted numerous arts events for town residents. Proposed improvements include better lighting and sound and a bigger stage.


  • A new Wake County Library, Northeast Regional, opened in Wakefield slated to serve Wake Forest and North Raleigh residents. The 22,000 square foot facility houses 140,000 books.
  • Rolesville town leaders announced plans for sidewalks to be added along pedestrian thoroughfares throughout the town.
  • Friday Night on White Street kicks off with four thousand residents enjoying the free concert series on it’s first night. This six concert series was a big hit for downtown merchants and residents alike.


  • Wake Forest town leaders delayed the opening of Holding Park Pool due to plaster issues only to then announce the pool would need to be completely re-designed and re-built. A new pool is planned to open in 2018.
  • Wake Forest planning board reviews plans for proposed Panera Bread, Chipotle, iHopand Freddy’s Brugers at Retail Drive and Highway 98.


  • Rogers Road Bridge project begins. In a combined effort, the town and DOT replace the bridge, expand the area to 5 lanes and added pedestrian sidewalks. The detour added a 5-mile detour to most residents commute and badly hurt the local businesses along Rogers Road. The bridge reopened 5 months later in October.


  • Wake Forest announces Phase 2 of Joyner Park will be built. The 11 million dollar project will include a new community center with basketball courts, a playground and additional parking.


  • The 2,000 acre Heritage Wake Forest neighborhood announces it is near completion. Andy Ammons, who developed the community and golf course, sells part of the golf course to Traditional Golf Properties. The largest residentail community in Wake Forest boasts an 18-hole golf course, two pool complexes and walking trails.


  • Sams Club and Publix open stores in Wake Forest.
  • Wake Forest planning board announces a Tru by Hilton hotel is planned at Stadium Drive
  • Galaxy Fun Park, a 55,000 square foot entertainment center opened featuring indoor go-karts, zip line and trampolines.
  • Five town festivals take place within the surrounding Wake Forest area providing area residents a chance to get out and meet their neighbors.


  • The Ledford Center at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary reopens following a 6-month renovation.


  • NC Governor Pat McCrory visited Wake Forest for a town hall event.
  • Franklin County announces K-Flex will open a 36,000 sq ft manufacturing facility to Youngsville. It is estimated to bring 100 jobs to the area.


  • Piper Lights, a family-run Christmas Light display, wins first place on the TV Show The Great Christmas Light. The Wake Forest family’s display features over one million lights.
  • The Wake Forest High School football team won the 4AA North Carolina state championship. A town celebration is being planned for early 2017.


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