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Downtown Kannapolis Revitalization Updates

Published Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The City of Kannapolis is in the midst of investing over $120 million on its Downtown Revitalization Project. The city kicked off the project in 2015 as they purchased the entire downtown district – approximately 50 acres and eight blocks of buildings – from its one property owner. The massive project includes infrastructure improvements, the construction of a linear park and streetscape, a Sports and Entertainment Venue (the new home of the city’s Minor League Baseball team), VIDA Mixed Use District, and a parking deck.

October 2019 - Kannapolis Streetscape Opening

Image credit: City of Kannapolis

On October 10, Downtown Kannapolis celebrated the grand re-opening of West Avenue and the opening of the new linear park and streetscape.

"West Avenue has been transformed into a beautiful tree lined street, which will accommodate live music, open air dining, walking, running, a putt-putt lawn, and other greenspaces perfect for reading, classes for exercise or other special events. The new streetscape also has fountains, public restrooms, swings, public art and murals" (kannapolisnc.gov).

Other Project Updates:

  • Oak Avenue and Vance Street have received a facelift with new sidewalks, trees, landscaping, paving and more
  • New infrastructure has been engineered to accommodate the new businesses, Sports and Entertainment Venue, restaurants and offices that are coming to downtown Kannapolis
  • Old Armor Beer Company, the city's first brewery, will open on West Avenue this fall. The veteran-owned and operated business will offer a variety of specialty brewed beers
  • The Sports and Entertainment Venue is set to open in April 2020 and will be the home of the area's Minor League Baseball team
  • VIDA, the mixed use district between S. Main Street and West Avenue, is underway

Click here to read the original update by the City of Kannapolis.

September 2019 - City of Kannapolis Update

Work continues in Kannapolis on the Downtown Revitalization Project - the streetscape/linear park, construction on the Sports & Entertainment Venue and VIDA, the parking deck and apartments.

Work is happening on Vance Avenue, Oak Avenue, West Avenue, West B Street and West A Street. The unique streetscape will serve as an urban linear park with many green spaces for activities such as concerts, arts, recreation activities, outdoor dining and more. The infrastructure project includes replacing aging and undersized utilities such as water, sewer, storm water and electricity. Street closures continue in the downtown - please follow the detour signs. The streetscape and linear park will open Fall 2019.

The Sports & Entertainment Venue will be home to the Kannapolis Intimidators Minor League Baseball Team and accommodate other events such as concerts. The venue will have conference and meeting space, a playground and more. The SEV will open in April 2020.

VIDA - the Mixed Use District of apartments, a parking deck, a brewery, office and restaurant space is now under construction and will be finished in 2021.

The Gem Theatre is open for business. The Old Armor Beer Company is working on interior renovations to their location on West Avenue  and expects to open this Fall.

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July / August Updates

A New Streetscape, Sports & Entertainment Venue and Mixed Use District

Infrastructure improvements and the construction of the city's new streetscape are expected to be completed this Fall. The streetscape will serve as an urban linear park with green spaces for activities, such as concerts, arts, recreation activities, outdoor dining and more. We can also expect to see the opening of the Armory Beer Company this Fall in the former Rotary Building.

Construction on the Sports and Entertainment Venue is underway. The City of Kannapolis and Temerity Capital Partners, the owner of the city’s Minor League Baseball team, celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Sports and Entertainment Venue in October 2018. The venue will be home to the baseball team and will also accommodate other events, such as concerts and conferences. The brand new venue is expected to open to the public in Spring 2020.

VIDA – the Mixed Use District of apartments, a parking deck, brewery, office and restaurant space – is expected to be finished by 2021. VIDA is one of the first Opportunity Zone projects in the United States. Downtown Kannapolis was designated as a federal Opportunity Zone last year after Kannapolis City Council voted to apply for the process. This designation provides tax benefits to private investors who invest in properties and areas which need to be revitalized. In March 2019, the City of Kannapolis and Lansing Melbourne Group broke ground on the VIDA Mixed Use District. Site work for the parking deck is now underway.

For more information and updates about the Downtown Kannapolis Revitalization Project, visit: www.kannapolisnc.gov/revitalization

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