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‘Corner’ Project Comes to Life in Banner Elk as Scope of Town’s Revitalization Broadens


Demolition of the old corner building began last week, which is when this photo was taken. Photos courtesy Town of Banner Elk

In early 2015, Elaine J. Wold made a donation to the Historic Banner Elk School Project.

The focus for her gift was the beautification of the streetscape along Shawneehaw Avenue adjacent to the school and the Elk statue which has graced that area for years. Work on that project will be starting very soon.

Mrs. Wold’s vision for the “Corner” project rose from planning meetings with Town officials last year where details of the school beautification project were finalized. Mrs. Wold saw the opportunity to greatly broaden the scope of Banner Elk revitalization by helping the Town acquire the vacant commercial property on the corner of Shawneehaw Avenue and Main Street for additional greenspace.

As the lead donor, she, along with other contributors, brought this project to reality.   Plans for this new park project are in the discussion phase and additional details will be announced by the Town in the coming weeks.

Check out the June edition of the High Country Magazine out on newsstands now for more information about this story.