Whiteville vision meeting Tuesday

The sidewalk project currently underway in Whiteville is federally funded and being managed by the NCDOT.

Whiteville officials want to know what residents and business owners think will help downtown grow and become more attractive.
The city will be holding the first public meeting for the downtown streetscape master plan Tuesday evening Oct. 20 from 5-7 p.m. at City Hall. Opportunities for virtual participation will also be available through the city’s website.
The primary goal of the master plan is to create a vision for the streetscape that will enhance the downtown experience for residents and visitors as well as support local business, the city said in a social media post. The master plan will serve as a foundation for future physical improvements, identify implementation strategies, probable construction costs and support the pursuit of future funding, the city said.
Among the ideas discussed at city council planning meetings in recent years have been repurposing some downtown buildings, encouraging more downtown residential use, and even the establishment of a nature area and kayak/canoe park along Soles Swamp.
The first meeting is about getting a feel for what stakeholders want to see happen in downtown in the coming years.
For more information, call the city hall at 642.8046.

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