The City hosted a design charrette in 2009 to create a development strategy for a privately owned vacant tract of land in the Charles B. Aycock Historic District known as Dunleith. Dunleith was the antebellum estate of prominent North Carolina Judge Robert P. Dick.
The goal was to respect the special character of the Aycock neighborhood, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The design team employed cutting-edge urban design principles including "light imprint" development approaches and "green" building techniques in the final plans.
Funding for the process was made available in part by a grant from the Marion Stedmon Covington Foundation and the Charles B. Aycock Historic District Fund.