WRAL Coverage Confirms Success of PSP Holiday Open House and Light Ball Pilot Project

posted Dec 13, 2012, 9:26 AM by Philip Bernard   [ updated Dec 15, 2012, 4:47 AM ]

The Preview

An estimated 75 people attended the PSP Annual Open House this past First Friday at Anvil Gallery Annex. Like last year, there were many business and property owners on hand for the preview reception. The Person Street Facade/ Streetscape exhibit drew much attention and stimulated lively conversation about potential changes for the exterior spaces along Person Street. Many thanks to Tina Govan, Jeremy Hauch, Chad Butterworth, and Philip Bernard for creating such a well received exhibit and for being on hand to discuss their ideas. The exhibit remained on display for the Mordecai CAC Holiday party the following Tuesday night and prompted a visit from Renee Chou from WRAL who produced an excellent piece on the successes of Person Street in the last year. See link to story below.
 
The PSP gratefully acknowledges The Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood, The Friends of Mordecai, and Anvil Studios for helping to support this annual event. 
 

The Pilot Project 

The Holiday Lighted Ball Pilot Project has been an overwhelming success according to positive comments from the business and property owners, shoppers, and passers by along Person Street. Volunteers from Pilot Mill and Mordecai helped to make the balls and work out the logistics of installation on a section of Person Street, with the goal of installing them along the whole street for next year's holiday season. Based on postive feed back from everyone, we will proceed with plans for next year. If you have additional feedback re: the project please contact Philip Bernard at jpbernard@earthlink.net
 
Special thanks to Stephan Kiefer, Robert Winchester, Marty Arron, and Dr. Bob from Pilot Mill who introduced the concept of these amazing lighted balls to our neighborhood! 
 

The Press

The primary goal of the Holiday Open House is to celebrate the successes of the Person Street Partnership as it builds momentum in the Person Street business district. Part of this goal is to advertise this success to the rest of Raleigh and confirm that Person Street is becoming a downtown hot spot. See the following press items:
 
Person Street news story featured on WRAL:
 
 
Person Street article featured in this month's The Raleigh Downtowner magazine section, Designing Great Spaces:
 
The Downtowner is available at downtown locations, website link currently not available.  
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