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Angier Enhances its Historic Downtown, Piece by Piece

Angier, NC
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Through gradual developments, Angier is creating a stronger community.

ANGIER, NC – Aug. 2019

The Town of Angier has begun a series of incremental improvements designed to enhance the look, feel, and walkability of the community.

Following the time-proven methods of the Main Street America Program, the Town has chosen several areas to redesign and create community gathering areas. The goal is to produce a more inviting and appealing downtown, while preserving the historic character of the Downtown District. The Town is promoting stronger community engagement from stakeholders, which it believes is essential to producing the momentum for success.

A landscaping project, bench project and a new mural have already been implemented. With proposed projects to include redesigned curbs, expanded sidewalks and the addition of traffic bollards to certain downtown street corners, the town will focus on creating and improving outdoor downtown areas. These projects will open up areas for increased foot traffic and community gathering spaces with safety and accessibility being key features.

“The projects that we have already completed have brought a lot of attention to the downtown,” said Downtown Manager Christy Adkins. “The stakeholders in the area are becoming more involved and beginning to believe that changes will be made that are beneficial to the central business district.”

The planned renovation of the historic caboose at the Depot Square, with its close proximity to the historic Depot building and the Angier museum, will provide a destination for railroad tourism.

Art will also play a crucial role in Angier. The Town intends to spotlight local artists by displaying their artwork. The murals, exterior art pieces, brick pavers, and landscaping, which will be placed in the new gathering spaces, will transform previously underutilized areas into inviting cultural spaces.

The Town became a Main Street Designated Affiliate Program in June of 2018 and hired a Downtown Main Street Manager in January of this year. With a commitment of funding from the Town and hard work from all of the Town Staff, coordination with the many Civic Organizations, Churches and the dedicated stakeholders in the downtown area, Angier will be projecting a continually improving image and provide a greater quality of life for residents.