Downtown Updates Revitalize Local City

Downtown Rocky Mount NC revitalization 2012. Photo: Frank Whatley
Downtown Rocky Mount NC revitalization 2012. Photo: Frank Whatley

There is a new look in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and it’s right downtown. After years of planning and months of blocked streets, the first phases of the Downtown Streetscape Project are almost complete — with new brick sidewalks, fresh pavement, old-school street lamps it is just about ready for the upcoming holiday season.

Parking was adjusted from angled to parallel, allowing for on-street parking next to the widened pedestrian sidewalks.

Dozens of businesses have weathered the storm of closed streets, broken pavement, loud noises, and most of all slowed commerce. This Fall, take a drive down Main Street and see what you’re missing.

The updated downtown holds a variety of attractions:  furniture stores, a newly restored theater, eateries, antique stores, and an arts center — all accessible within a few minutes’ walk around downtown.

Says business owner and resident Hilarie Vetere, “The Arts are alive and well in downtown Rocky Mount, and will play a factor in the continued renovation.”

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About Frank Whatley 19 Articles
Founder of The Grey Area News and staff photographer, Frank Whatley set the direction for the newspaper and news site.