The Resort Area Strategic Action Plan (RASAP)
envisions the future of the Marina District at Rudee Inlet as a high-density mixed use private development featuring a four-star hotel, luxury condominiums, upscale dining, specialty retail, public parking, public open space, walkways and bike paths. This area is already home to several local restaurants, parking lots and an inlet marina.
To encourage private development to move forward, the Rudee Inlet Connector Walk Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) project was created to connect Rudee Inlet to the Oceanfront. This is identified as a top 10 priority project in the RASAP.
The Rudee Connector Walk Phase I project includes a 10-foot wide concrete walkway constructed from Winston Salem Avenue, under the Rudee Inlet Bridge, to the 4th Street parking lot. The project has improved the mobility and safety of pedestrians and cyclists by providing a lighted, direct linkage from the Marina district to the Oceanfront. The project also provides infrastructure improvement for a future water taxi launch to serve Rudee Inlet, complements the proposed bus stop improvements planned for Rudee Loop, and optimizes usage of the 4th Street parking lot.
The Strategic Growth Area Office held a public information meeting
with area residents, businesses, and civic representatives to view Phase I, II, & III plans and construction schedule on March 29, 2012.