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US 301 Corridor Economic Development Study Launched

Post Date:07/27/2019 8:00 PM

As the US 301 improvement project nears completion, the City of Wilson is launching an economic development study to shape a development strategy for the improved corridor. The process will span several months, including opportunities for community input to determine needs in the area. Once complete, the plan will include specific strategies for redevelopment.  

 The US 301 improvement project adds significant roadway improvements for both vehicle and pedestrian safety along an urban section of the corridor. The nearly $18 million project began with a $10 million commitment through the Federal Highway Administration’s TIGER grant program. The North Carolina Department of Transportation later added $6.5 million toward the project. The City of Wilson also contributed $2 million to the project.

 “Slow Ride” Bike Ride, Monday, August 5 at 6 p.m.

Start and finish at Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park

Help shape the future of development along the Highway 301 Corridor as construction is nearly complete on the $18 million TIGER road improvement project.

Join us on Monday, August 5 at 6 pm for a "slow ride" to explore the Highway 301 Corridor. All bike skills are welcome.

The ride will gather useful information, feedback and ideas as we begin an economic development study for the area. City staff and the study consultant will lead the ride, and we will all have a chance to experience the route from historic downtown Wilson to Highway 301. The route will go from the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park down Nash Street and back. Afterwards the consultants will be at 217 South Street to chat with anyone that wants to share ideas.

For more information please contact Michelle Brown at msbrown@wilsonnc.org or 252-399-2226

Economic Development Plan Kick Off and Family Fun Day, Tuesday, August 6 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Reid Street Community Center, 901 Reid Street E

Help our community thrive by making your voice heard! Join us for a kick-off event to launch a new economic development plan for the US 301 Corridor (from Black Creek Rd. to Lipscombe Rd.) The drop-in event is hosted by WCIA (Wilson Community Improvement Association) and will include fun for the whole family, with music, food, games, face painting and prizes. Throughout the afternoon feedback and ideas will be gathered from attendees.

For more information contact Barbara Blackston at bblackston@wciainc.org or Deanie Dawson at ddawson@wciainc.org or call 252-243-4855.

 

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