Vision

Rooted in the past, Growing into the future.

Downtown Garner Proposed Rec Center

We see Downtown Garner as an active hub of sports and recreation, the center of arts and culture for the community, and home to a growing number of creative and tech entrepreneurs.

By day, Downtown Garner is bustling with successful business owners working hard from 9-5.  By night, recreational sports bring hundreds of families downtown for baseball, basketball, and skating; the Garner Performing Arts Center attracts audiences from across the Triangle with its premier programming.

Downtown Garner is ideally located – only 8 minutes from Raleigh’s city center and 5 minutes from I-40 – yet it remains one of the most affordable commercial districts in the Triangle.  Over 261,000 people visit our downtown annually and another 32,000 pass  by it on US-70 everyday.

Now is the time to leverage these unique community assets – to create new opportunities for people to linger as they “shop local” and support new independently-owned restaurants.  New opportunities that may include launching a new business in the heart of our historic district.  New opportunities for finding a home in a walkable environment.

With public investments in infrastructure and a new recreation center, as well as an 8,000 square foot pad that will soon be available for private development, Downtown Garner is poised to be re-imagined as a full-service live/work/play destination.

What role will you play in this transformation?

Historic Downtown Garner Plan

GRA leads the implementation of the Historic Downtown Garner Plan developed in partnership with the Town of Garner and approved by the Town Council in 2010. This plan is a market based, community-led vision for the downtown area that includes a plan of action for implementation.

Historic Downtown Garner Plan

North Garner Plan

A demand existed with certain segments of the Town’s population to focus efforts on revitalizing the North Garner area. There has been the perception that over the years, as the Town grew, the old central business district received little attention. The Town was also targeted for the third phase of transit development for the Triangle Transit Authority (TTA). This requires the delineation of transit stops and/or park-and-ride sites. The North Garner Small Area Plan was prepared for the Town of Garner, North Carolina and includes the following points of interest as outlined in the PDF link below.

  • History
  • Community Setting
  • Plan Development
  • Implementation
North Garner Plan