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November 21, 2018

New inventory could bring tax credits to more buildings

Elizabeth City officials hope to update the city’s inventory of historic buildings, potentially opening up dozens of properties to tax incentives for redevelopment. City Manager Rich Olson said Monday he will ask City Council to fund a new survey of the city’s inventory of historic buildings. The city’s current inventory…

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November 21, 2018

Downtown Vision Plan unanimously advances to Council

The Mebane Planning Board unanimously approved the city’s Downtown Vision Plan on Wednesday, November 14. Lead Vision Plan developer Allison Platt of Rivers & Associates, LLC presented the draft to the Board. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working in your community,” she said. “This Plan… builds on what is probably your…

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November 21, 2018

Cooper visits new call center in Rocky Mount

The State Employees’ Credit Union is bringing 160 jobs to Rocky Mount with its Member Services Support Center. Gov. Roy Cooper, speaking Tuesday at the call center’s grand opening, said it was great to be home in Nash County. “One hundred and sixty good-paying jobs — that’s good,” Cooper said.

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November 21, 2018

87-room Foundry Hotel opens in downtown Asheville’s The Block neighborhood

The lights have come on at Asheville’s newest downtown hotel. And after years of rehabbing a set of aging buildings once headed for demolition, few are more satisfied than developer David Tart. “With this project, I felt like every day we had a significant challenge with buildings that were here…

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November 21, 2018

Mebane Community Park officially opens to public, pets

Park Supervisor Cy Allmond said to have it officially open to the public is “a relief.” “We’ve [wanted] this park to be open for quite a while now,” he said. “We’ve had enough traffic coming in and out of here, curious citizens wondering when it’s going to be finished, so…

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November 21, 2018

Concord approves voluntary annexation and new economic development

The Concord City Council took steps to push economic development and bring new jobs to the area at their meeting this month. “We’ve got a lot of warehouse space and distribution space in the city,” Lloyd Payne, city manager, said. “We’re trying to steer away from that. I want industrial…

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November 16, 2018

Whirligig fest a bonanza for Wilson businesses

The N.C. Whirligig Festival brought an estimated 50,000 people to historic downtown Wilson on Nov. 3 and 4, which had a big effect on local businesses’ bottom line. We actually did really good. It was like Black Friday crowds on Saturday and real steady stream of customers on Sunday. Both…

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November 16, 2018

Danville City Council looks at potential plan for new White Mill Building

The White Mill has been an eyesore for years in Danville. It’s the first thing you see when crossing the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge into Main Street, but city leaders hope to make the building a destination in the future. Members of Danville City Council experienced what the…

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November 16, 2018

Union Square Designs Approved; Other Bond Projects Move Forward

Following a presentation by design firms LandDesign and 505Design at the November 6 City Council meeting, Hickory City Council unanimously approved the plans recommended by the Bond Implementation Commission for renovating Union Square and enhancing the streetscapes in downtown to better coordinate with City Walk plans. The plans increase “dwell…

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November 16, 2018

Marion is Small Town of the Year for 2018

Marion’s growth and vitality has earned it the Small Town of the Year Award for 2018 from the N.C. Rural Center. The award was presented Friday morning during the organization’s 2018 Rural Assembly, which was held in Raleigh. The Small Town of the Year Award recognizes a town or small…

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