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Planning - February 2017

City leaders are encouraging all citizens to show their community spirit by voting for Winston-Salem’s entries in two categories of the 2017 Great Places in North Carolina Awards.

The renovation of the Reynolds Building into a hotel, restaurant and apartments is a finalist in the Great Historic Rehabilitation category, and Salem Square is a finalist in the Great Public Space category. The awards are sponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Voting is now open and will end at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Each person may vote once every 24 hours for each category. In order to discourage vote hacking, a Facebook account is required to vote. Links to the voting pages are posted below:

Salem Square for Great Public Space (listed under A. Paul Norby's name)
Reynolds Building for Great Historic Rehabilitation

The iconic R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Building has been a symbol of Winston-Salem since its completion in 1929. This elegant 22-story Art Deco skyscraper, the tallest building in North Carolina at the time, received such acclaim that its architects, Shreve and Lamb, scaled it up and used it as the basis for their next commission, the Empire State Building. After a $60 million, two-year renovation project, the building reopened last year as home to The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, The Katherine restaurant and luxury apartments.

Salem Square has embodied the character of Winston-Salem since the founding of Salem in 1766. Today its majestic trees, lush grass and brick paths, set amid the historic ambiance of Old Salem, make it a distinctive public space that attracts more than 300,000 visitors each year for concerts, festivals and special events, including a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens each Fourth of July. 

Reynolds Building

Old Salem with Winston-Salem skyline in background

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