An investor is looking to renovate the Emporium building in downtown Hickory with a bit of financial help from the city. Last week, the Hickory City Council awarded a $20,000 Vacant Building Revitalization grant to Jacomine Investments for the renovation of the building located at 16 Second Street NW, which was once a Woolworth five-and-dime department store. The grant request was part of city council’s consent agenda, the list of items the board typically passes with little or no discussion. Company owner Jeff Jacomine elaborated on his plans for the $165,000 renovation in a letter included in the Council’s online agenda packet. Jacomine said he plans to have between 30 or 40 businesses in the building.
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