Main Street News

March-April 2018

Town of Waxhaw Receives Great Places Award from APA-NC

Waxhaw, N.C. - The American Planning Association (APA) has awarded the Town of Waxhaw a 2018 Great Places Award in the “Great Main Street” category in recognition of downtown’s businesses, events, and amenities.

Each year, the APA recognizes Great Places in North Carolina in various categories including Great Main Street, Great Transformation, and Great Historic Rehabilitation. Waxhaw’s downtown area was recognized for the historic buildings and form-code that ensures further development maintains the town’s historic elements. In addition, the award recognized the town’s pedestrian and bicycle improvement project, which will increase the accessibility of Waxhaw’s Main Street.

“We are truly honored to receive this award and believe that it belongs to everyone who helps make downtown Waxhaw a great place,” said Waxhaw Downtown Development Manager Curt White. “The small business owners who bring life and vibrancy to downtown, the volunteers with the Town of Waxhaw Main Street Program, and the residents who help us celebrate the history and character of Waxhaw are all part of this. The Town of Waxhaw is proud to support our thriving downtown’s small businesses, and to continue to implement plans that preserve the historic context that helps underpin their success.”

White will attend the APA-NC Conference in Winston-Salem this September, presenting as a 2018 Great Places Winner on behalf of the town. White will present the best practices and lessons learned while improving the historic downtown Waxhaw area, establishing the Town of Waxhaw as a leader in downtown development.

The North Carolina chapter of the American Planning Association is a group of 1,400 professional and citizen planners working to preserve and create great places throughout North Carolina. To learn more about APA, please visit

January-February 2018

Transportation Alternatives Program Grant: 

Design and Engineering continues as final concepts near completion (see project page).

Waxhaw-Marvin Road Sidewalk:

The Town of Waxhaw received a $235,224 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through Union County for construction of a sidewalk, which will run from Eutaw Drive to Fallondale Road along Waxhaw Marvin Road. Design work is underway (see project page).

New Businesses Downtown:

Carousel Arts Studio (318 E. S. Main Street)

Le Cochon d’Or French Bistro (201 W. S. Main Street)

Waxhaw Creamery (Expanded Location at 109 E. N. Main Street)

Welte’s Antiques & More on Main (103 E. N. Main Street)

Main Street Advisory Board:

The Main Street Advisory Board is currently developing its 2018-2019 annual work plan.

November-December 2017

Transportation Alternatives Program Grant: The town is in the process of implementing a $1,000,000 pedestrian and bicycle improvement project downtown. This is made possible by a matching grant from the federal government.

  • December 7th Public Meeting: A drop-in style public meeting will be held on December 7th at 216 W. N. Main Street. The public will have the opportunity to review design concepts and provide feedback.
  • Schedule: Design will continue throughout winter 2018, with construction planned for late 2018.

Main Street Advisory Board:

  • The Main Street Advisory Board presented a concept for downtown real estate to the Board of Commissioners on September 26th. The proposal can be found here.
  • The Main Street Advisory Board is taking the lead for Small Business Saturday for Downtown Businesses. The Board is distributing promotional materials and coordinating social media announcements. Small Business Saturday is on November 25th.