Metropolis employees give updates on Albemarle Enterprise Middle, downtown tasks – The Stanly Information & Press

Throughout a Monday morning neighborhood assembly centered across the continued improvement of downtown Albemarle, Albemarle Financial Director Keith Tunnell introduced an replace on arguably the largest venture happening within the metropolis: the Albemarle Enterprise Middle.

Having been within the works for the previous a number of years, the ABC is a 287-acre enterprise park on the crossroads of U.S. Freeway 52 and N.C. Freeway 24-27 that may maintain as much as 2.5 million sq. toes of commercial and warehouse house.

Initially designed by earlier financial director Mark Donham, who retired final summer season, the enterprise park is modeled after the Monroe Company Middle, which Donham helped create throughout his time as financial improvement director for the town.

Through the metropolis council’s Dec. 21 assembly, the council authorized a phased buildout of the ABC which included development on solely the entrance part of the economic park, partial street construct and offered infrastructure to the property. The estimated value of this was round $8 million.

Within the presentation, Tunnell defined that the development of the Middle is about to start within the third quarter of 2021 with completion projected to happen by third quarter of 2022.

The commercial park is estimated to create 2,800 manufacturing jobs and generate below $1 billion in whole new funding. Revenues from the brand new trade could possibly be earmarked to help future downtown improvement.

Tunnell introduced a protracted checklist of a number of initiatives he and his financial improvement workforce will likely be centered on this yr. They embrace: establishing free public WiFi all through downtown Albemarle; making a standalone Financial Improvement/Fundamental Avenue web site; enhancing advertising and marketing and promotion of each metropolis and ADDC occasions; working to help girls, youth and minorities in search of to open a enterprise; creating an Albemarle Downtown app; and launching Metropolis of Albemarle Small Enterprise Revolving Mortgage Fund.

Upcoming downtown tasks 

Assistant Metropolis Supervisor Nyki Hardy introduced two downtown tasks which might be within the pipeline. She is a member of the Downtown Vitality Undertaking Group, which is working to implement the tasks to assist revitalize the world.

Town is working to ascertain a placemaking venture for individuals to take pleasure in on the King alleyway behind Off The Sq. restaurant. Placemaking tasks are created to deliver individuals collectively in a public house and may vary from the small (putting in adult-size board video games in a park) to the very massive (the Cloud Gate construction positioned at Chicago’s Millennium Park).

Hardy talked about that the town needs to create quite a few placemaking tasks in downtown to assist entice extra individuals to the world.

For the King alleyway venture, the workforce is working with {an electrical} engineer to put in ornamental poles for hanging string lights, banners and flags and is working with a panorama architect to flesh out a particular design plan. Parts of the plan which were mentioned embrace seating for eating/enjoyable, areas for vegetation, board video games, murals and a efficiency stage.

A pencil sketch of doable design components that could possibly be carried out to revitalize the King alleyway.

Hardy stated the town expects the draft design plan to be prepared in just a few weeks and the ornamental poles to be delivered by late spring. The design plan will likely be vetted by downtown stakeholders and metropolis council earlier than it’s finalized.

The purpose is for the alley venture to be accomplished by the tip of the yr.

“We’re actually enthusiastic about that and we hope the neighborhood is as effectively,” Hardy stated.

The DVPT can be engaged on a wayfinding venture to raised assist individuals navigate the downtown space. Wayfinding refers to info techniques that information individuals via a bodily surroundings.

Town is working to create wayfinding indicators that can assist level individuals to locations and points of interest (eating places, outlets, historic places).

“It helps to immediate vehicular site visitors and pedestrian site visitors to the issues that you really want them to concentrate on and to areas that you really want them to be,” Hardy stated.

Examples of some wayfinding indicators for the town.

The workforce has been working with a marketing consultant for the previous yr and is presently finalizing a draft plan. The purpose is to current the wayfinding plan to council earlier than the tip of the fiscal yr in June. They hope to implement the plan by the tip of the calendar yr.


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