Raleigh, NC – This week, Congresswoman Deborah Ross (NC-02) toured the former Carver School site and the Wendell business district.  The Town of Wendell has been approved for American Rescue Plan funds, which will assist in the renovation of the Carver School site.

“It is always an honor to visit Wendell and meet with local officials, business owners, and members of our community who work every day to make Wendell the thriving town that it is,” said Congresswoman Ross. “I fought hard for funding for Wake County small businesses, restaurants, schools, and more in the American Rescue Plan, and I’m excited to see how this historic funding is being put to use in our community. I was also glad to tour the vibrant Wendell business district and hear from business owners about their successes, insights, and concerns. Just as the American Rescue Plan delivered for North Carolina businesses, I will continue fighting in Congress for the resources and funding our businesses need.”

Rep. Ross toured the Carver School site with Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Senior Pastor Asa Bell, Wendell Mayor Virginia Gray, Wendell Town Commissioner Deans Eatman, Wendell Town Manager Marc Collins, and Wendell Planning Director Bryan Coates. The town, in partnership with the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and the Greater Pleasant Grove Development Corporation, envisions restoring the school building into a community center and entrepreneurial hub. Currently the school site is used by the church as a non-profit family and community service center which houses a food bank, afterschool program, and other community services. 

Following the tour of the Carver School site, Rep. Ross joined the Wendell Chamber of Commerce for a tour of the Wendell business district. She visited Universal Chevrolet, Merchants and Farmers Restaurant, Grillbillies BBQ and Farmhouse Café.

Photos are available here.