Main Street News

June 2017

Transportation Alternatives Program Grant: The Town is planning $1,000,000 in pedestrian and bicycle improvements for downtown Waxhaw. This is made possible by a 50/50 matching grant from NCDOT and the Federal Government.

     o Design Contract: The Town has executed a contract with Gresham Smith & Partners for Design and Engineering Services for the TAP grant.

     o TAP Grant Engagement Meetings: Several community engagement meetings were held during the month of June for downtown business and property owners related to the coming improvements. Feedback was gathered and will be used to help inform the design.

Downtown Welcomes New Businesses: Downtown welcomed Sodi Pops Candy Shop in June. It is located at 318 E. S. Main Street.

As a reminder, Neil Gimon (neil@dreamchasersbrewery.com) is the chair of the Main Street Advisory Board. He or Curt White (Downtown Development Manager with the Town of Waxhaw) are always available to talk about Main Street initiatives.

May 2017

• Downtown Welcomes New Businesses: Downtown welcomed two more businesses during the month of April. Pelican’s SnoBalls, located at 318 E. South Main Street, Suite A and Bob and Son’s Furniture, located at 318 E. South Main Street, Suite B. Both are family-owned businesses and are also part of the new Millview development. Stay tuned for more business announcements in the coming months.

• Street Resurfacing: The Town’s Engineering Division recently developed a town-wide pavement ranking system in order to quantitatively prioritize street resurfacing. As a result, Price Street, McDonald Street, and N. Church Street were paved in April.

• Main Street Waxhaw App: The Main Street Waxhaw App has surpassed 500 downloads. Make sure to check out the app to experience the historic walking tour, find parking, or learn about local businesses.

• Main Street Advisory Board Presents Work Plan: The MSAB presented its work plan to the Board of Commissioners in April. The work plan identifies three priority items for 2017-2018.

     o Create a network of pedestrian friendly streets through implementation of the TAP Grant.

     o Determine the role of the Waxhaw Farmers’ Market downtown.

     o Identify a long-term strategy for the use, maintenance, or sale of town-owned real estate.

March 2017

NC Main Street Conference: Several members of the Main Street Advisory Board will travel to Shelby, NC on March 14th-16th for the annual NC Main Street Conference. The statewide conference will be an opportunity for board members to learn best practices from experts in the downtown redevelopment field and other NC Main Street Program directors. Find more information here.

• Niven-Price Building alley improvements: In 2016, the Design and Appearance Committee recommended that the Town invest in improving public spaces downtown. As part of that effort, the Town has invested in improvements in the Niven-Price alley, located between 216 W. N. Main Street and 202 W. N. Main Street (The Niven-Price Building and Winning Awards/Tangles Knitting on Main). When completed, the alley will include a sidewalk, improved landscaping, benches, lighting, and most importantly, space for local artists to add further enhancements.

• Downtown Welcomes New Businesses in 2017: So far this year, downtown has added three new businesses.

     o Southern Specialties, located at 113 W. S. Main Street, is a locally owned retail boutique.

     o David Upchurch Realty, located at 100 E. S. Main Street, is a local real estate office.

     o Sospeso Coffee, located at 216 W. N. Main Street, is a local coffee roaster and tasting room.

Coming Soon…

Millview will be opening in late spring. The new development at the corner of E. S. Main Street and McKibben Street will be home to 10 new businesses, including retail, food service, and office.

January 2017

On January 24th, 2017, Main Street Advisory Board Chair Neil Gimon presented the first quarter report to the Waxhaw Board of Commissioners. The newly established Main Street Advisory Board will give a report to the commissioners each quarter. The report is available for viewing here.

Project Updates:

• Downtown Waxhaw Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Enhancements: Main Street Program Manager Curt White is currently in contract negotiations with engineering firm Gresham Smith & Partners for design and engineering of the downtown pedestrian, bicycle, and street enhancements known as the TAP grant. We plan to begin design in the spring and construction in January 2018.

• Road resurfacing: The Town of Waxhaw will resurface the following downtown streets within the next 60 days.

     o McDonald Street

     o Price Street

     o Bivens Street

Reminder:

Main Street Advisory Board meetings are open to the public and occur on the second Monday of every month at 6pm in the Duncan McDonald House.

December 2016

In order to better align with NC Main Street best practices and to focus on the strategic challenges and opportunities in downtown, a new Main Street Advisory Board (MSAB)* was recently formed. In 2017, the MSAB plans to:

• Make recommendations on unfunded commitments: Permanent Location for the Waxhaw Farmers' Market, Downtown Park

• Coordinate Existing Projects: $1,000,000 Downtown Ped, Bike, and Street Improvement Project, Streetlights, Private Sector Construction Projects

• Develop Economic Development Strategies for Downtown: Business recruitment, retention, and expansion (ex. incentives, promotions), Infill development, Identify public-private partnerships, Identify the best use for downtown town-owned real estate

Finally, the Main Street Program will continue to partner with the Town of Waxhaw Events Division on four major events:

Fright NightChristmas Living WindowsEaster Egg Hunt
June Farmers’ Market Event

*The MSAB meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm at the Duncan McDonald House at 115 McDonald Street.

November 2016

Just over a year ago, Waxhaw was designated a full Main Street community through the NC Department of Commerce. Then in January 2016, Waxhaw received national accreditation from Main Street America. In 2016, main street committee volunteers have worked with the Main Street Program Manager to achieve many exciting things for the town. Just to name a few:

• Publication of Waxhaw’s first Business Recruitment Brochure 

• Release of the new Main Street Waxhaw app for iPhone and Android

• Execution of a contract with a retail recruitment consultant

• Planning and execution of a parking study for downtown

• Continuation of the wayfinding signage program

• Commitment of over $1 Million in downtown street, sidewalk, pedestrian, and bicycle improvements. Made possible by a 50% matching grant through NCDOT (Design work to begin Fall 2017, Construction 2018)