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  • Shaw University Campus Redevelopment Overview

    Shaw University Campus Redevelopment Overview

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    Shaw University is embarking on a comprehensive redevelopment plan designed to revitalize existing University facilities, develop a one-of-a-kind Student Life Experience, create attractive nearby amenities, bring internship and job opportunities to campus, and improve connectivity to downtown Raleigh. This campus redevelopment plan is the culmination of years of planning and analysis.

    Beginning with the 2020+ Strategic plan initially conceived in 2016, the University sought to support the development of projects and opportunities that would secure the institution’s long term financial sustainability. In 2019, the University commissioned the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to provide strategic recommendations to unlock the University’s real estate assets through a transformative strategy designed to ensure success and propel the University on a new growth path.

    As a result of the ULI Study, the University has taken a series of steps to implement those recommendations including:

    • Hiring a dedicated Senior Real Estate Professional to focus on the University’s real estate strategy
    • Engaging a Real Estate Advisory Firm to support the University’s redevelopment process
    • Initiating the rezoning process to provide the University with development option flexibility
    • Commissioning a Campus Master Plan to create an overall vision for the campus and to determine the University’s space need

    The University has drafted a series of FAQs related to the Campus Redevelopment project and to provide additional information to Shaw stakeholders. 


  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Question Answer
      What is the Campus Redevelopment Plan? 

    This is a comprehensive effort to look at the university campus as a whole and determine how best to revitalize its historic properties and existing university facilities, develop new university facilities, attract desired amenities (stores, restaurants, entertainment venues, etc.), diversify revenue streams away from just tuition, and stitch the university deeper into the fabric of downtown Raleigh. 

      Why is the University pursuing this plan? 

    In order to recruit and retain students, Shaw must provide a modern and attractive campus. Currently many of Shaw’s buildings and infrastructure are outdated and inadequate. The planned campus redevelopment will provide new revenue sources, offer Shaw an opportunity to update its campus setting, and bring desired amenities to the campus and the surrounding neighborhood that will make it a more exciting and inviting place for all.

      How does this benefit the students? 

    A major goal of this project is to improve the University’s academic and student life facilities to better align with the needs of the modern HBCU student as well as to increase enrollment and improve retention.

      Is Shaw planning to move its campus out of downtown Raleigh?

    No, Shaw has no intention of moving its campus from downtown Raleigh where it has been a part of the community for more than 156 years.

      Is Shaw planning to sell its property in downtown Raleigh?

    No, Shaw has no intention of selling any of its core property in downtown Raleigh. Instead, using a long-term ground lease structure, Shaw will maintain fee simple ownership of its land to preserve its real estate portfolio while also receiving fair market value for development projects, including upfront value, and potential opportunities for long-term participation in the projects’ success.

      Why is Shaw requesting to remove the “Historic Overlay District”? Does this mean Shaw wants to tear down its historic campus buildings? 

    The Prince Hall Historic Overlay District (HOD) was imposed in 2012 by the City of Raleigh. Shaw objected to the creation of the HOD because it restricts the type of development within the district and negatively impacts Shaw’s property and the property of other long-time neighborhood residents.

    The HOD is located north of South Street so it does not affect the main academic area of campus where many of Shaw’s historic buildings stand.

    Shaw does not intend to demolish its signature historic buildings on its main campus. It loves and wishes to continue to honor these amazing buildings.

      What are Shaw’s plans for the “Farm” aka the Rock Quarry Property?

    Shaw owns 35 acres on Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh. There are no plans for this property at the moment. Shaw is focusing on the redevelopment of its downtown campus before considering opportunities for the Rock Quarry Road property. Shaw does not intend to sell this property.

      How will Shaw select development partners?

    Shaw intends to primarily select developer partners through competitive solicitation processes using the expertise of our advisors, Hayat Brown, to evaluate developer plans, experience and qualifications.

      How will real estate transaction proceeds be used?

    The University intends to use real estate transaction proceeds to fund capital projects or other necessary expenses or to invest in the University’s endowment.

      Why is the University rezoning its entire downtown campus?

    The goal of the rezoning process is to increase the allowable density and greater uses on our downtown campus. Additional density and greater uses will help the University attract more amenities and create a better Student Life Experience. It will also provide the University with flexibility as it evaluates future development options and engages in discussions with the development community.

      How are stakeholders being incorporated?

    The University is working to engage key stakeholders throughout the planning process. Most recently, the University held its initial community meeting on May 16th, 2022, as a part of the rezoning process and will continue to facilitate additional opportunities for input from University stakeholders including students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and the surrounding community. Additional community meetings will be held in accordance with the following schedule*:

    • July 11, 2022 at 6 pm —Tour of Campus w/ discussion of campus redevelopment
    • July 25th, 2022 at 6 pm— Discussion of campus redevelopment
    • August 8th at 6 pm— Tour of Campus w/ discussion of campus redevelopment
    • August 22nd, 2022 at 6 pm—Second Community Meeting
    • September 14th at 6 pm—Discussion of campus redevelopment
    • September 27th , 2022—TBD
    *Dates, times and topics of meetings are subject to change as needed
      What is the purpose of creating a new Campus Master Plan?

    The Campus Master Plan, based on the University’s mission and strategic plan, indicates where buildings, open spaces, circulation systems, utilities, and other elements of the campus environment will be located. The plan guides future development, taking into account challenges and opportunities and providing adequate guidance so important concepts are sustained and not compromised to attain lesser short-term advantages over more significant long-term benefits.

    The physical master plan also includes an implementation strategy that drives cost and funding analyses, architectural programming, and design, renovation and construction of buildings and other facilities, as well as the detailed planning and preservation of important open spaces and other physical resources.

      What are the key campus needs that the University intends to address through the redevelopment plan?

    The University has identified the following key campus needs, in no priority order:

    • New Residential Hall(s)
    • Student Center Replacement
    • Athletic/Recreation Facilities
    • Wellness/Convocation
    • New/Renovated Academic Space
    • New Library
    • Entrepreneurial/Innovation Center
    • Parking
    • Life Sciences Facilities
    • Retail/Restaurants
    • Stadium
    • Gathering Spaces
      How is the University planning to drive minority empowerment as a part of the Campus Redevelopment Plan?

    The University intends to intentionally seek out and utilize minority contractors and business owners to become a vital element of the campus redevelopment process, both during the construction as well as the continued business operations going forward.

      What are the immediate next steps?

    • Having conversations and engagement with the Shaw University community to further inform our decisions; and
    • Working through the rezoning process with our advisors, Hayat Brown, to develop a comprehensive redevelopment strategy; and
    • Commissioning a new campus master plan and space utilization study informed by feedback from the Shaw family and our local community that will help guide decisions on land use and determine future University academic and student life space needs.

  • Neighborhood Meeting

    The University is engaging key stakeholders throughout the planning process. The University held its initial neighborhood meeting on May 16th, 2022, as a part of the rezoning process and will continue to facilitate additional opportunities for input from University stakeholders including students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and the surrounding community. Additional community meetings have been held throughout the summer & fall.

    The next Neighborhood meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 21 at 6 pm in Estey Hall Auditorium on the campus of Shaw University.

    This is a public meeting, so everyone is invited & welcome to attend. In addition, we have a Zoom Webinar link below if you cannot attend in person. You will need to register for the event to access the Webinar link: https://shawu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oo58WSs_QOG1LLUBzcUaYQ


  • Rezoning Notice


  • ShawU ULI Report