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Downtown Waxhaw is the heart of the Waxhaw community and the most significant cultural resource in the area. It has thrived throughout the years by its ability to evolve. It started as a mill town, reinvented itself as a destination for antiques, and is now becoming Union County’s hub for diverse retail shops, award-winning eating and drinking establishments, local artisans and cultural events. Since its designation as a Small Town Main Street community in 2009, the town has been actively working to strengthen and revitalize downtown to this end. The Town of Waxhaw was accredited as a full North Carolina Main Street Community in 2015 and received a Great Main Street Award from the NC-APA in 2018.
The Town owns several parcels downtown which have consistently been identified by town planning documents and the community as redevelopment opportunities. These parcels are in the center of downtown and present a unique redevelopment opportunity in an historic main street context. In the fall of 2018, the Town worked in partnership with Urban Land Institute Charlotte (ULI-Charlotte) to develop a roadmap for redevelopment of these parcels in context with the downtown as a whole. This resulted in the adoption of a phased approach of returning town-owned property to private ownership, prioritizing parking throughout the downtown, and enhancing civic space.
To kick off a development project, the Town of Waxhaw is requesting proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of 216 W. N. Main Street, known as the Niven-Price Building. This is step one of a phased approach towards implementing the ULI Technical Assistance Panel recommendations. Subsequent phases may include improvements to, or redevelopment of, the vacant lot beside the water tower (parcel 05113032) and adjacent community space. The successful proposal will be consistent with this context and position the Town for further implementation. While proposals may be considered that include additional parcels, all proposals must include the Niven-Price Building.
If you have questions, please contact Curt White, Downtown Development Manager, at 704.843.2195 x250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.