Winston-Salem, NC-- Wake Forest University announced Tuesday it is preparing to demolish several buildings on University Parkway and Deacon Boulevard as part of its long-term plan to redevelop the area.
Demolition should start next week.
In a news release sent out by the university, the school said, two former restaurants at 3001 University Parkway and 612 Deacon Boulevard and the former Shell gas station at 3009 University Parkway will be razed. Other buildings may be added pending the outcome of condition assessments.
WFMY News 2 first reported on the school's plans in May 2009.
The university's overall future plans for the area is to offer Wake Forest students, college students from other schools, the local community and visitors a mix of retail shops, restaurants, entertainment that cater to a wide range of interests.
Wake Forest already owns facilities along Deacon Boulevard, which include BB&T Field, Wake Forest Baseball Park and the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials.
The entire project remains in an active planning stage and University officials are waiting for the economy to turn around before starting new construction.
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