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HELP PLAN THE FUTURE OF ELIZABETH CITY'S WATERFRONT !  SEE THE RESULTS OF THE COMMUNITY SURVEY ! 

 

Project Overview

Elizabeth City has long been a focus of activity along the Pasquotank River.  From historic fishing and logging activities to support of Coast Guard base operations and recreational boating, Elizabeth City's waterfront is an authentic, valued community asset.  What's next for Elizabeth City's Harborfront? That's the question City, design consultants, and the community-at-large are seeking to answer for this nearly 1.2 miles of waterfront.

This planning effort is a combination of two assignments:  Preparation of a waterfront master plan for the City of Elizabeth City and development of a flooding mitigation plan for Charles Creek.  Both efforts have as their central goal the assembly of plans that provide a compelling, community driven vision for the future.  Plans will set the stage for follow-on funding source identification, detailed master planning and ultimate implementation of renewal efforts.  Plans will explore ways the waterfront can be more resilient to flooding events.  For the flooding mitigation plan specifically, the effort will also meet the requirements stipulated under the Local Planning and Management Grant by the Division of Coastal Management (CAMA).   

Elizabeth City Poll:
How often do you visit Elizabeth City's waterfront? (select one)
A couple times a week
34%
Once a month or less
25%
Everyday
21%
Once a week
15%
Never
5%
Poll Closed | 359 Responses
Elizabeth City Poll:
What activities do you participate in along Elizabeth City's waterfront? (select all that apply)
Attending event(s) (e.g., waterfront festival)
76%
Walking
63%
Take in a food and beverage outlet
57%
Park and open space activities
54%
Shopping at Downtown stores
54%
Boating or other on-water leisure activity
32%
Live Downtown (near the waterfront)
17%
Work Downtown (near the waterfront)
14%
Biking
13%
Other activity (complete below)
4%
Poll Closed | 250 Responses
Attend theater and arts events
ReplyFlag15 Agreeone month ago
Art walk AOA
ReplyFlag15 Agreeone month ago
Museum
ReplyFlag8 Agreeone month ago
Movie night during the summer.
ReplyFlag7 Agreeone month ago
Cultural events sponsored at the MOA or by AoA.
ReplyFlag6 Agreeone month ago
Arts of the Albemarle and Museum of the Albemarle
ReplyFlag6 Agreeone month ago
I love the beautiful Pasquotank River waterfront !!
ReplyFlag5 Agreeone month ago
Taking pictures
ReplyFlag5 Agreeone month ago
Watching wildlife
ReplyFlag4 Agreeone month ago
Arts and Cultural events
ReplyFlag3 Agreeone month ago
Art Walk
ReplyFlag3 Agreeone month ago
walk to restaurants
ReplyFlag3 Agreeone month ago
paying bills or business at courthouse
ReplyFlag3 Agreeone month ago
go to Museum
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
go to MOA.
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
First Friday art walks, Third Thursday Jazz, farmer's market and outdoor concerts
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
Visiting the Art Gallery
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
Visit friends who live in the waterfront condos
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
Art walk
Theater
Movie night
Festivals
Ho,iday events
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
Museum is very good and important
ReplyFlag1 Agree18 days ago
4th of July fireworks, potato festival
ReplyFlag1 Agree26 days ago
Port Discover and hiding painted rocks
ReplyFlag1 Agreeone month ago
Sailing, exploring, historical and archeological - touring activities
ReplyFlag1 Agreeone month ago
I enjoy going for a run in that area
ReplyFlag1 Agreeone month ago
Arts and Cultural activities.
ReplyFlag1 Agreeone month ago
We need something entertaining there
ReplyFlag1 Agreeone month ago
Museum
Port Discover with granddaughter
ReplyFlag1 Agreeone month ago
Happy AOA
ReplyFlag1 Agreeone month ago
Attend museum events
ReplyFlag1 Agreeone month ago
Rock hunting with my kids!
ReplyFlag1 Agreeone month ago
Would live downtown if we saw projects complete and marina clean up old shipyard.
ReplyFlag1 Agreeone month ago
paying bills downtown or business at courthouse etc
ReplyFlag1 Agreeone month ago
I only got to dental apts. or attend the council meetings. Not a big fan of the downtown area.
ReplyFlag1 Agreeone month ago
Museum
ReplyFlagAgree19 days ago
Bring guest
ReplyFlagAgree19 days ago
Port Discover
ReplyFlagAgree19 days ago
Movies, music on the green, farmer's market
ReplyFlagAgree20 days ago
birding, photography, viewing the scenery, sitting on benches, eating take-out breakfasts and lunches, meeting new people and acquaintances.
ReplyFlagAgree20 days ago
birding, observing the scenery, photography, eating take-out breakfasts and lunches, sitting on benches, meeting new people, and talking with acquaintances
ReplyFlagAgree20 days ago
Meetings with artists. SPLASH events.
ReplyFlagAgree21 days ago
AOA
ReplyFlagAgree21 days ago
Take photos of boats etc.
ReplyFlagAgree21 days ago
Attend shows at AoA and go to functions at MOA. First Fridays and Jazz Thursdays. Beautiful waterfront needs more appeal (sculpture, music stations, weather tower, fitness stations, etc.)
ReplyFlagAgree22 days ago
Attend productions at AoA and attend functions at MOA.
ReplyFlagAgree22 days ago
Plan events held downtown. Attend downtown events, i.e. ArtWalk, theatre, etc.
ReplyFlagAgree22 days ago
What does “open space activities” mean?
I’ve attended TWO First Friday’s and maybe TWO Movies on the Green since it’s inception. Nothing really to do downtown and not enough shops to spend my time parking and going inside to browse.
ReplyFlagAgree22 days ago
I attend theater and arts events, enjoy Port Discover and stop by MOA for all new exhibits and to shop. Downtown EC is my family's choice for dining out.
ReplyFlagAgree23 days ago
AOA
ReplyFlagAgree23 days ago
Painted rock hiding. Port Discover events. Working out.
ReplyFlagAgree23 days ago
Art, theatre...love that area and the huge potential for more!
ReplyFlagAgree24 days ago
As the columnist for the fishing articles in the Daily Advance I would love to participate in the planning in order to help include fishing in the activities.
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
Kayaking
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
Events, eating out, Pokémon Go.
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
ARCC club af port discover
ReplyFlagAgree27 days ago
ArtWalks and AoA events
ReplyFlagAgree29 days ago
Art Walks
ReplyFlagAgree29 days ago
Artwalk
ReplyFlagAgree29 days ago
Plein Air painting
ReplyFlagAgree29 days ago
We boat up for downtown events, the farmers market, movies and music on the green.
ReplyFlagAgree29 days ago
Center Players at the AoA
ReplyFlagAgreeone month ago
None
ReplyFlagAgreeone month ago
I attend yoga classes and workout classes on Main St, sometimes they are held at Waterfront Park
ReplyFlagAgreeone month ago
hunting
ReplyFlagAgreeone month ago

Elizabeth City Poll:
From the Public Open House One and research of other waterfronts / elements similar in scale to Elizabeth City, what THREE elements shown above would you like to see MOST along the waterfront? (select THREE)
Provide continuous walking paths along the waterfront
35%
Promote activities, event and destination elements with appeal to everyone
34%
Provide multiple culinary experiences
30%
Anchor the waterfront and Downtown with compatible mixed-use development
27%
Develop multi-purpose spaces to support a variety of activities
27%
Create a feeling of safety
26%
Create place for people to gather
22%
Provide refreshment and boutique shopping areas and pavilions
22%
Expand recreational boating activities
17%
Anchor the waterfront with an improved event space
16%
Promote access by bike, foot and/or boat
16%
Incorporate public art
15%
Develop at a pedestrian oriented scale
14%
Create visual interest with trees and landscaping
13%
Promote sustainability and resilience / green infrastructure
11%
Connect people with nature
10%
Incorporate water features
7%
Other not listed (see below)
1%
Poll Closed | 206 Responses
dinner theater
ReplyFlag12 Agreeone month ago
I would like to see Water Street made into a pedestrian walk on weekends during the summer months with an ice-cream stand, street art on the buildings, walkways along the water. Basically an attraction to tourist to come the EC and spend money downtown and perhaps as a way to attract vacationers on there way to the beach. Incorporating the historic parts of EC into the waterfront walks would further enhance the visitors experience.
ReplyFlag11 Agreeone month ago
ice-cream stand!!!!
ReplyFlag1 Agree19 days ago
Bike rentals paddle board rentals. Rosebud return. Billboards on 168 on the outer Banks.
ReplyFlag11 Agreeone month ago
Removal of unsightly junk and deteriorated buildings around shipyard
ReplyFlag9 Agreeone month ago
renovation of existing old buildings, more off road parking, more family friendly activities
ReplyFlag8 Agreeone month ago
A nicer waterfront with old buildings occupied with new stores, condos or apts. Get rid of the old eyesore homes and buildings and provide a safe waterfront with lots of family activities and events so residents can spend the day at the waterfront.
ReplyFlag7 Agreeone month ago
Electric bike rentals mostly for visiting boaters. First Friday art festivals. Boat tours. Regotta events, remote control boating.
ReplyFlag7 Agreeone month ago
A waterfront grill where people can gather and get a bite to eat outdoors.
ReplyFlag6 Agreeone month ago
I would like to see a project like waterside in Norfolk, on a smaller scale. Restaurants, sports bars, and possibly a movie theater.
ReplyFlag5 Agreeone month ago
A lot of improvement needs to go into downtown. Safety is a priority, fixing the buildings and having businesses that everyone would enjoy. When you enter downtown you don’t get the warm fuzzy feeling or the Harbor of hospitality, that you would expect to see.
ReplyFlag4 Agreeone month ago
Electronic billboards/signs at main traffic entrances to town with upcoming events,
ReplyFlag3 Agreeone month ago
Some sort of swim/beach area
ReplyFlag3 Agreeone month ago
Marina with gas
ReplyFlag3 Agreeone month ago
It's already planned for this year
ReplyFlagAgree27 days ago
Balance the interests of multiple groups in planning for space and activities - college students, families, Coast Guard population, retirees, seasonal visitors. It seems past efforts have focused one group and ignored or sacrificed the jnterests/needs of others.
ReplyFlag3 Agreeone month ago
Small park for children to play
ReplyFlag2 Agree26 days ago
a lot of us are dog owners and we can't let our dogs off the leashes without worry of the street close by. if there was a gated area for us dog lovers to socialize with our dogs, that would be wonderful.
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
open multi use fully handicap accessable
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
More people living downtown means more dependence on downtown retail which, in turn, means more tax dollars to spend on public improvments.
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
I would like to see the board walk widened with carnival rides for the youth, refreshment and boutique shopping areas and pavilions
ReplyFlag1 Agree19 days ago
Protect our water quality by filtering or buffering runoff with living shorelines, native plants and bioswales
ReplyFlag1 Agreeone month ago
You need power and sewage pump out at the docks.
ReplyFlagAgree18 days ago
Actually, ALL of the above elements would get one vote each from me, plus I like the comments for dinner theater [maybe floating?], bike rentals, the Rose Buddies, a swimming opportunity, more waterfront dining/drinking options, playground, adult games like corn hole or bocce, and more boat slips and boat facilities.
ReplyFlagAgree20 days ago
Incorporate history of shipyard with art venues
ReplyFlagAgree21 days ago
A dog park would be nice.
ReplyFlagAgree21 days ago
Space for artists similar to the Torpedo Factory.
ReplyFlagAgree21 days ago
Reinstating a weather tower on the downtown waterfront would be a signal for boaters, tourists and townsfolk of current coastal conditions. In keeping with the "Harbor of Hospitality" the weather flags offer timely information but also are a reminder of days gone by when watermen and businessmen relied on a more simplistic form of communication. And, who best to "man the tower" than Port Discover! Meshing science and tracking weather systems would be wonderful real-life learning. Our original weather tower stood at the foot of Fearing Street on the waterfront. And besides, it would be so cool!
ReplyFlagAgree23 days ago
Close off Water St on weekends, expand farmers market and first Friday's into street
ReplyFlagAgree25 days ago
First priority - Restore weather tower at foot of Fearing Street (removed in late 1970s or early 1980s), which supports EC HAS it (history & science). Second priority - to complement several of the items listed above, restore the city market that was located on North Water Street in front of the Weatherly Candy Co. bldgs. (see old Sandborn maps for footprint of market).
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
Kayak launch ramps
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
Would love to see a dog park.
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
Would love to be able to rollerblade, ride bikes, or bring my kids to the waterfront without feeling unsafe by sketchy surrounding neighborhoods.
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
Dinner theater.
ReplyFlagAgree27 days ago
Marina
ReplyFlagAgree27 days ago
Accurately identify potential businesses that will capitalize on unique features of Ecity’s waterfront rather than be essentially replicable in any town inland or on the coast.
ReplyFlagAgree28 days ago
More things for boaters. A marina with fuel. Address the safety issues nearby.
ReplyFlagAgree29 days ago
Docking facilities for smaller boats.
ReplyFlagAgree29 days ago
I would like to see a replication of the weather tower which used to be on the waterfront with weather warning flags tended by the Coast Guard.
ReplyFlagAgreeone month ago
Elizabeth City Poll:
Our mission is to "Deliver on our promise as North Carolina’s Harbor of Hospitality by providing new opportunities for recreation, boating and commercial activity while supporting a strong community through thoughtfully designed public spaces and environmental preservation areas." Of these mission statement values, which one is MOST important to you? (select one)
Strengthen community quality of life and activities
46%
Broaden commercial activities along the waterfront
20%
Create new opportunities for public recreation
17%
Provide enhanced options for boating and water dependent activities
9%
Improve natural areas and environmental habitat
6%
Not sure
2%
Poll Closed | 261 Responses

Elizabeth City Poll:
Five core tenets were identified to guide long range planning alternatives. After reviewing the list, which of these is MOST important to you?
A welcoming harbor
35%
Targeted renewal (of key parcels)
24%
Promote accessibility and connectivity
23%
A celebration of community heritage
13%
A verdant, resilient shore
5%
Poll Closed | 250 Responses

Initial Concept Ideas

Presented below are a series of initial ideas for LONG RANGE improvement to the waterfront.   We welcome you to review each and answer the questions following this section.  Please note, these are early drafts and will be modificed as we move through Public Open House Two and the planning process.  Elements and projects shown contemplate investment by both the public and private sectors. 

Elizabeth City Poll:
Four preliminary branded districts were identified as part of initial concept plan development. RANK in order of preference were investments should be prioritized?
Harborfront (central study area)
90%
The Preserve (south end of study area / Charles Creek)
70%
Gateway (east end of study area / Machelhe Island)
79%
University (north end of study area)
72%
| 607 Responses

University and Gateway (Draft Concepts)

Harborfront and the Preserve (Draft Concepts)

The Preserve - Charles Creek Flood Mitigation (Draft Concepts)

Elizabeth City Poll:
On a SCALE OF 1 to 5, how well do the alternatives create a more welcoming, vibrant harbor? (core tenet one)
4
35%
5 (very well)
22%
not sure
19%
3
17%
1 (not very well)
3%
2
3%
Poll Closed | 190 Responses
Elizabeth City Poll:
On a SCALE OF 1 to 5, how well do the alternatives promote greater waterfront connectivity and accessibility? (core tenet two)
4
33%
3
24%
5 (very well)
22%
not sure
14%
2
4%
1 (not very well)
3%
Poll Closed | 184 Responses
Elizabeth City Poll:
On a SCALE OF 1 to 5, how well do the alternatives promote renewal of key areas along the waterfront? (core tenet three)
4
38%
3
25%
5 (very well)
19%
not sure
13%
2
4%
1 (not very well)
2%
Poll Closed | 183 Responses
Elizabeth City Poll:
On a SCALE OF 1 to 5, how well do the alternatives create greener spaces / landscape and promote resiliency (core tenet four)
4
38%
3
23%
5 (very well)
16%
not sure
12%
2
7%
1 (not very well)
3%
Poll Closed | 177 Responses
Elizabeth City Poll:
On a SCALE OF 1 to 5, how well do the alternatives create a foundation to celebrate the waterfront and tell Elizabeth City's story? (core tenet five)
4
37%
3
28%
5 (very well)
15%
not sure
11%
2
5%
1 (not very well)
3%
Poll Closed | 179 Responses
Elizabeth City Poll:
Do you feel these options will bring greater economic vitality to Elizabeth City?
Yes
79%
not sure
17%
No
5%
Poll Closed | 177 Responses
Elizabeth City Poll:
What single improvement / enhancement would make Elizabeth City's waterfront a more welcoming "Harbor of Hospitality" for community visitors and residents?
Closed for Comments
Walking/biking trails along waterfront, through Charles Creek and all the way to ECSU, shaded by native trees and planted with native shrubs and perennials to feed the birds, bees, and butterflies. Even better, all the way to USCG base!
ReplyFlag11 Agreeone month ago
To clean up the old shipyard and create something that will remove that old eyesore.
ReplyFlag10 Agreeone month ago
Yes clean up consider historical site (portion) with museum in conjunction with walkway
ReplyFlagAgreeone month ago
More public access to the water/waterfront with public activities enhanced with new entertainment venues, such as a band shell or amphitheater. More architecture in the style of the older Water Street structures with retail below and living above with views to the water. Currently, the vast amount of land available to the public is under utilized and could be enhanced with new structures that still allow public access but provide more of a tax base to the city. I particularly like the concept of a waterfront promenade that is actually parallel with the existing bulkhead, but detached and set out into the water. There are few citizens who are privileged to live on the downtown waterfront and that need to change to create a support system for retail to succeed downtown. During the summer, there is insufficient night life along the waterfront. I would like to see more use of lighting to enhance existing structures and new structures to create visual excitement when one enters the city from the Camden Causeway side. Some of the newer architectural statements are unfortunate and those need to be corrected. While the Main Street improvement program brought some enhancements, the requirement by the state to suspend the traffic lights over the street is unfortunate and distra acts from the facades of the buildings along Main Street. I hope this will not be incorporated into the Water Street renovations. So much of the good architecture downtown has been lost. New architecture, which does not have to replicate the existing to be successful, need to be reviewed by competent professionals before it is allowed to be built. The basic character and fiber of downtown commercial buildings has been lost.
ReplyFlag6 Agreeone month ago
History must include our African American history and must celebrate their culture.
ReplyFlag4 Agreeone month ago
Yes all cultures including indigenous Indians especially
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
Diverse entertainment and recreation opportunities
ReplyFlag4 Agreeone month ago
Better communtication on events that are going on downtown. Letting the citizens know well in advance of the events.
ReplyFlag4 Agreeone month ago
Have the science section of university conduct weekly river water tests such that citizens will know the quality of the river water for boating and swimming activities
Post in paper on marina park signage and radio station. This will ensure public awareness

Consider installing a beach areA north of the Pelican Marina.. for lounging and wading CV this will be a boon for the "inner banks concept" and will add for locals and tourists slikr
ReplyFlag1 Agreeone month ago
Clean up the shipyard.
ReplyFlag4 Agreeone month ago
Excellent signage that not only helps people find points of interest but that could tell the story of all the people and times of this area. For example, characters and events from Ghost Walk could be made part of the walk ways.
ReplyFlag4 Agreeone month ago
Clean up the abandoned buildings/areas along the waterfront. Turn the abandoned buildings into shops or restaurants to attract people downtown.
ReplyFlag3 Agreeone month ago
They still need a place for boats to fuel, how can we be the Harbor of Hospitality, if they can’t get fuel.....
ReplyFlag3 Agreeone month ago
Great points also a durable boatyard will bring in boats from all over NE NC. As the closest now is Virginia or Watched. This will re-open our waterfront to transit boats even when the dismal swamp canal is closef
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
Marine Intensive area - enhance the shipyard area as a marina with waterfront restaurants...create a walking path from marina across Charles Creek, and connect to walkways and pathways to current and enhanced areas.
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
Create a working Marina on the Shipyard site.
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
Marina at the ship yard would make a big difference.
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
Improve the look of the old buildings and make it more family oriented.
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
The old shipyard is a blight on the landscape and should have top priority for cleanup by the owners. If itvys still privately owned then taxpayers should not have to bear the cost.
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
Integrated public arts, vibrant cultural events and green environment
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
Clean debris from the shipyard property and turn it into a park with green spaces, pavilions, restroom facilities, walking path, etc
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
a connective walkway that promotes walking and nature. the walk way should provide information and views about elizabeth cities past
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
Cleaning up the shipyard and offering more entertainment/shopping
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
Clean up and find alternate use for old shipyard
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
for boating locals and visitors, water, waste pump out, metered electricity
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
The walkway along the waterfront, especially if it can be connected to a greenway walking path along Charles Creek using the berms and incorporate a number of 'jumping off' points to reach restaurants and stores in the downtown area.
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
Walking AND biking (jogging) Very popular concept even in Sweden!
ReplyFlagAgreeone month ago
More higher end residential facilities, condos
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
Better marina facility
ReplyFlag1 Agree18 days ago
Diverse Entertainment, i.e Jazz Festival, Wine Festival, and more recreational activities for adults...
ReplyFlag1 Agree20 days ago
Change the old shipyard to a welcome center for transient boaters that stay here in town on the way up and down the I.C.W. We already have docks but no facilities like bathrooms and showers to help them stay longer and spend more time downtown.
ReplyFlag1 Agree26 days ago
Some of the existing businesses should not be incorporated into the "new" waterfront. Some of the businesses can easily exist elsewhere, do not need such access to downtown or waterfront, and take away from what Elizabeth City's waterfront could be.
ReplyFlag1 Agree26 days ago
Make waterfront more accessible for boaters who will stop, stay, visit, shop & spend $!
ReplyFlag1 Agree27 days ago
Make the shipyard into a large municipal marina.
ReplyFlag1 Agree27 days ago
Clean up the old shipyard
ReplyFlag1 Agree29 days ago
So many towns would love a waterfront area. Elizabeth City should capitalize on it's beautiful river views and promote walkup/boatup events in it's parks. Expand what it's already doing and anchor it with improved Marinas and public water access like kayaks, paddle boards, kayak storage, docks for smaller boats and the boat launch.
ReplyFlag1 Agree29 days ago
Attraction
ReplyFlag1 Agreeone month ago
Green space and safe public access
ReplyFlag1 Agreeone month ago
Outside concerts. Community film night. An opportunity for vendors to sale and showcase their products. Nice eateries, specialty shops, and art exhibits.
ReplyFlagAgree18 days ago
Clean up and require removeal or improvements to abandoned buildings and homes and rentals all over Elizabeth City. Very depressing to bring visitors to area and see how ill kept it has become. Introduce incentives for all owners of comerecial and private buildings and homes to keep their property groomed.
ReplyFlagAgree19 days ago
I think the most important thing is to make the area accessible by foot. New, wide sidewalks from Veterans Park all the way into Riverside and up to ECSU.
ReplyFlagAgree19 days ago
Clean up the shipyard. Get some businesses to open downtown. All of those buildings should not be empty. I wouldn't love to spend a whole Saturday walking around downtown but there is nothing to do. Offer incentives to get people to open up some shops/restaurants.
ReplyFlagAgree19 days ago
Install (where signage goes as you come up river where the gas distribution was before you get to the bridge) a replica weather tower as used to be at the foot of Fearing Street at the Harbor - and perhaps other (public art type things) either original from the past or replicated and showing what was here (probably in a stylized way since there's probably not enough room for everything, to give a flavor of the history
ReplyFlagAgree20 days ago
A public or semi-public multi-use indoor and outdoor facility/facilities for families and larger gatherings (receptions, family reunions, Veterans Day picnics, church celebrations, impromptu family groups, birthday parties, etc) that includes public art, history, and playful elements for children and adults.
ReplyFlagAgree20 days ago
Clean up old shipyard
ReplyFlagAgree20 days ago
A hotel within walking distance, very near Waterfront Park and transient slips marina, a hotel large enough for small (60-120 people) conferences to come to Elizabeth City's waterfront/downtown. Also, restoration of the weather tower on the wharf at the foot of Fearing Street.
ReplyFlagAgree21 days ago
Restoring the historic buildings, going back to old brick etc. and repurpose them as retail, eateries, pubs, loft apartments, art spaces and connecting other areas to downtown via bike/pedestrian paths.
ReplyFlagAgree21 days ago
Shipyard improvements
ReplyFlagAgree24 days ago
Restaurants and shops, especially for those in the transient slips
ReplyFlagAgree25 days ago
more assessable waterfront useable space, restaurants and eateries, and shopping. keep AOA vibrant. walking and biking trails .
ReplyFlagAgree25 days ago
A complete redo of the Elizabeth City Shipyard area.
ReplyFlagAgree25 days ago
A continuous waterfront boardwalk would do wonders. Something more like Washington, NC. More outdoor seating at restaurants downtown as well as more waterfront options to dine. Agree that better lighting (or even white Christmas lights in trees all year round) that make it more lively downtown at night would be beneficial.
ReplyFlagAgree25 days ago
Re-creating the city market on Water Street would have to most impact, however, it requires considerable funding, and an extensive reordering of traffic flow. It shows off the waterfront to visitors coming over Camden Bridge, and ties into the newly created Veterans Park and the DOT Elizabeth Street greenspaces.
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
Downtown renovations including shipyard
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
Clean up the shipyard and create the marina
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
Walking/biking trails that are safe
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
Clean up all of the dead eyesore boats and have a better police presence downtown.
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
More police presence
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
Clean up ship yard and have more open view of river
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
Walking and biking trails and/or more dining options
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
More restaurants with open sir seating tying MACU and the museum together.
ReplyFlagAgree27 days ago
Clean up ship yards junk.
ReplyFlagAgree27 days ago
Number one priority is making visitors and residents feel safe being downtown at all hours.
ReplyFlagAgree27 days ago
One way Watwr Street with diagonal parking on both sides to create more parking for downtown business.
ReplyFlagAgree27 days ago
Marina development (boatyard & commercial) at shipyard.
Clean up existing slips downtown.
ReplyFlagAgree27 days ago
The old shipyard needs to be fixed. That could mean tearing it down and creating green space or making it more commercial. Either way, it’s the one part of the waterfront that is embarrassing to drive past.
ReplyFlagAgree29 days ago
Creating a space for the collegiate demographic that allows students to unwind and have fun in a safe, inviting environment. Such as eateries, bars, coffee shops, stores, etc.
ReplyFlagAgree29 days ago
a gated dog area. we need one for us dog lovers.
ReplyFlagAgreeone month ago
Can't do both given demographics of City versus visitor population'

A large number of our citizens do not have discretionary income and seek recreational and entertainment opportunities that are very low or no cost.

Visitors will have more money to spend and be looking for different and unique cultural, historic, shopping, culinary and entertainment opportunities.

At best the creation of joint use, multi purpose spaces would be most advantageous but not necessarily the best use of effort. You risk sub optimizing potential for area by trying to please both audiences.

I would opt for those things which will increase revenue and job creation.
ReplyFlagAgreeone month ago
Wide walk-bike way completely around waterfront inclusive of Charles Creek preserve for walk-in jog- biking
ReplyFlagAgreeone month ago
Having a boardwalk along the waterfront
ReplyFlagAgreeone month ago
Bike racks
ReplyFlagAgreeone month ago
Elizabeth City Poll:
What other thoughts and ideas can you share with the design team to help guide this important process?
Closed for Comments
It would be nice to see the old theater reopen as an indie movie venue. I've seen that be very successful in other places. Doesn't replace a first-run theater, just adds to the offering.
ReplyFlag10 Agreeone month ago
Pasquotank Co is home to the first commercial wind farm in NC and a large commercial solar installation. Our natural resources and waterways are beautiful, abundant, and unique. Let's build our brand as the model "Green Region" of the State with a state-of-the-art, pedestrian friendly, sustainably landscaped city waterfront.
ReplyFlag8 Agreeone month ago
The design team needs to provide actual sources and connections to state/federal grants and outside investors that city officials can apply and reach out to, more specifically grant money and talented grant writers that can be contracted to specifically go after grants that can lessen the burden of the costs to revitalize downtown waterfront. The marina idea at the eyesore shipyard is ideal, but the owners of that shipyard are not going to budge on their absurd asking price. The cleanup costs associated due to the environmental concerns are also extremely expensive, therefore realistically you are looking at literally millions of dollars to purchase and clean it up. The city needs access to grant money to be able to acquire the property and clean it up so the taxpayers don't foot the bill and then reach out to outside investors who have deep pockets that are willing to develop it. All that being said, to continue to think that is going to happen in the near future is unrealistic, so focus on creating more owner occupied commercial businesses downtown to create more foot traffic to support the existing restaurants, Arts Center, retail stores and attract new ones. In meantime try and get grant money/investors to develop what is known as Public Parking on the corner of Ehringhaus and Water street adjacent to the museum. That is one (if not the) busiest intersections in Elizabeth City and is not being used to its capability. Spruce it up, place mixed use of residential apartments and commercial stores and develop an appealing parking lot/area. Make it appealing to actually draw people who will then park there to shop, go access waterfront park, or just walk downtown in general. Fix the flooding issue as well since that easily floods on a afternoon thunderstorm. We dont need a parking garage necessarily to create more foot traffic, we just need more people living downtown as well as a vibrant downtown to attract people to want to come shop, eat, and enjoy the waterfront.
ReplyFlag5 Agreeone month ago
More people living in the downtown area will enhance participation in downtown activities and support restaurants and other businesses. inertia prevents those living some distance away from getting back in their cars to go back to town after a busy day. An easy walk to activities would help.
ReplyFlag4 Agreeone month ago
Dog friendly is important to travelers.
ReplyFlag3 Agreeone month ago
would love to see the dinner theater reopen
ReplyFlag3 Agreeone month ago
I would love to have more access to the water that does not require a boat. A sandy beach area or other water based activities should be implemented and low income users considered in development.
ReplyFlag3 Agreeone month ago
The old movie theater has been sorely missed - and indie venue and adjoining restaurant would bring more business back to downtown.
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
The clean-up of the Shipyard should be the first priority!
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
Please provide places for our musicians to perform. Music, art, and food will propel people.
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
There is no "night life" in the area.
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
I don't think this is a charge for the design team, but maybe could be passed on. Currently, downtown seems to close for retail business around 5 pm. Many of our residents work out of town or, even in town, are unable to visit shops during the day. Staying open later would encourage consumers to stop on the way home, plan an evening of dining and shopping, etc. Even a couple of evenings a week might make a difference in recognition and activity for the downtown retailers.
ReplyFlag2 Agreeone month ago
As a downtown merchant there isn't much business after hours particularly once the sun goes down. Brighter street lights might be a help as they make people feel safer. I don't consider downtown unsafe at all,rather people may feel safer. It the summer there is more business in the evening, and of course it is light out.
ReplyFlagAgreeone month ago
Clear out the old homes and buildings and put higher end condos/apts. and restaurants near the water with outdoor eating spaces.
ReplyFlag1 Agreeone month ago
A design review process needs to be established by the city with professional consultants reviewing all new structures whether buildings or simple handrail details. The quality of current details lacks and thus, bad element have crept in and are starting to destroy the fiber of downtown. The downtown of the 1940's and 50's no longer exists, a time when downtown was a vibrant place due to it being the retail center of the Albemarle. Downtown can still be a unique place to shop, but the focus of retail must take a new direction with emphasis on tourism and recreational activities. The community lacks VISION. New ideas must be brought to the table.
ReplyFlag1 Agreeone month ago
Improving parking downtown would be great. North Road street needs to be repaved. If you want to revive downtown and the waterfront you need businesses and new residents. Adding additional affordable condo style living would increase business.
ReplyFlagAgree18 days ago
Water and land areas to be more animated: flags/banners and public art along streets and through parks as well as out in the water; decorative lights in the trees, on poles, on buildings, and in the water (on the sign, integrated in artwork on the gas tank islands, and including on the drawbridge); colorful "lawn" furniture with umbrellas for the sun; connection to the "fry house" in Dog Corner Park to provide some walk-away food (and additional income for the non-profits); play elements concentrated in some areas and dispersed throughout the waterfront; perhaps a carousel or even a small kiddie roller coaster or Dumbo ride.
ReplyFlagAgree20 days ago
I love the idea of a lighthouse as it would be a wonderful landmark. Offering non-boaters the ability to enjoy the water and being able to get out on the water. Also, allowing a way to show a timeline of notable E City moments along the waterfront to draw people from MOA to MACU.
ReplyFlagAgree20 days ago
It would be wonderful to have the old movie theater reopen with indie films and a dinner option.
ReplyFlagAgree21 days ago
Kayak ramps next to the boat ramps in Charles creek
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
What happened to Coast Gusrd Park? When did it become a sailing center? What happened to the kayak ramp launches?
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
Safety is paramount
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
More shops and the movie theater opening. Have eating places that are more family affordable.
ReplyFlagAgree26 days ago
Who do you think is going to put up the money for any of this, besides taxpayers? Have any of you planners asked developers and for-profit businesses why they have NOT put money into the waterfront? Do you think it could have anything to do with stifling federal and state regulation of waterfront development that renders the investment math unworkable?
ReplyFlagAgree28 days ago
i cannot emphasis a gated dog park. it's a large waterfront but some dog owners are not comfortable letting dogs loose for fear of street being near. so a gated area would be terrific.
ReplyFlagAgreeone month ago
More shopping and rat
ReplyFlagAgreeone month ago

Final Four Questions...

Help us get to know you a bit better by answering the following questions.  

Elizabeth City Poll:
What is your age? (select one)
18 to 39
33%
56 to 69
30%
40 to 55
26%
70 or older
11%
17 and under
0%
Poll Closed | 201 Responses
Elizabeth City Poll:
How many people reside in your household? (select one)
0 to 2
58%
3 to 4
36%
5 to 6
6%
7 or more
1%
Poll Closed | 200 Responses
Elizabeth City Poll:
Where do you live?
Elizabeth City (within the City limits)
54%
Greater Pasquotank County
31%
Other not listed
8%
Camden County
6%
Poll Closed | 202 Responses
Elizabeth City Poll:
How did you hear about Public Open House Two and/or this survey effort? (select one)
Social media outlet (e.g., Facebook, Twitter)
45%
Word of mouth
19%
Email
12%
Newspaper
11%
Other not listed
7%
Attended Public Open House One
6%
Radio / TV feature story
1%
Poll Closed | 198 Responses

The Schedule Moving Forward

All the data collected from this survey effort and Public Open House Two will be distilled into a refined series of conceptual alternatives for Elizabeth City's waterfront.  Revised alternatives and survey results will be presented on this website.  A draft plan for the waterfront and Charles Creek will be prepared--including detail on implementation and project funding--by early March. 

The City of Elizabeth City Waterfront and Charles Creek Flooding Mitigation Plans are initiatives sponsored by the City and CAMA.  The consulting team consists of Moffatt and Nichol and Chipley Consultants.  A project steering committee made up of citizens, business owners and elected officials from from the City and region meets monthly to help guide this process.    

Stay Involved

Your continued involvement is critical to the success of this planning effort.  Completing our brief survey is a great way to kickstart your participation and be heard.  

We would encourage you to also take part in scheduled community open house sessions.  This is a great way to interface with the design team and share your aspirations, issues, and ideas.   

  • Initial Planning Concepts - January 17, Noon - 7:30pm (with presentation at 5.30) and January 18, 9:00am - 8:00pm.  Mid-Atlantic Christian University (MACU) Chapel, 715 N. Poindexter Street, Elizabeth City

  • City Council Presentation - March  To be scheduled and advertised.   

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Open House Presentation Materials

Want to spend time looking at the materials provided for the Elizabeth City Waterfornt Open House?  Both the posters and presentation are offered below (PDF formats).