Business & Economy
5:30 am
Fri July 15, 2011

Salisbury and Lenoir Awarded Main Street Grants

Two North Carolina communities have been awarded money from the state to help revitalize their downtowns.

The matching dollars are from the Main Street Solutions Fund – administered by the Department of Commerce.   This round – the cities of Salisbury and Lenoir were awarded grants.  Nick Dula is the Downtown Economic Development director for Lenoir.  He says the plan is to turn a vacant furniture store into Carolina Distillery, a restaurant and a wine store.

Nick Dula:  "And it was in a part of downtown that had a lot of vacancies, vacant store fronts.  And, it’s going to be tremendous."

Lenoir was awarded 200-thousand dollars from the Main Street fund. The project will create 18 full time jobs and 12 part-time jobs. Past Main Street winners include Benson, Kinston and Goldsboro.

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