By Natalie Anderson email@example.com
SALISBURY — Downtown bar and restaurant owners still reeling from the economic effects of the pandemic say they see the potential for a downtown social district to lift all ships on a rising tide.
A social district would allow consumers to purchase alcohol from state-licensed businesses and restaurants and walk around the designated district with specially marked cups. The ability for municipalities to implement such a district comes from legislation passed in the General Assembly during last year’s legislative session, House Bill 890.
Downtown Salisbury Inc., which is working to establish the district, met with downtown bar and restaurant owners Tuesday to discuss the proposal they plan to bring forward to City Council next month. DSI Board of Directors member Samantha Haspel told the Post DSI has already discussed this idea with downtown merchants. So, Tuesday’s discussion primarily included logistical questions about implementation.
It’s something Haspel thinks could make downtown Salisbury a destination — the ability to allow local bars, restaurants, and other businesses to sell open containers of alcohol that customers can walk out with and enjoy while strolling through downtown.
and we encourage the community to attend one of the numerous public engagement sessions!
DSI will be sharing….
The background of this bi-partisan bill, which was passed as part of the “Bring Business Back Downtown” measure. It is intended to be an economic vitality tool to responsibly bring the community back downtown after a year of hardship on our businesses.
The strict guidelines involved in creating and maintaining the social district to show the immense amount of planning involved in creating a safe and responsible environment for all downtown residents, visitors, merchants and stakeholders.
Salisbury residents encouraged to vote now to advance Downtown Salisbury
Downtown Salisbury is in the running to capture a $25,000 cash prize in the “Independent We Stand,” Main Street small-business program. Salisbury residents, business owners and visitors are encouraged to vote for Downtown Salisbury in the quarterfinals at https://www.mainstreetcontest.com/nominees before Sunday, Nov. 7.
Sada Stewart Troutman will assume the role of Downtown Salisbury, Inc. (DSI)/Downtown Development Director, following a comprehensive candidate search. Her first day in the new role is Monday, Nov. 29.
As director, Stewart Troutman will lead the three-person Downtown Development team, who manages initiatives to improve, preserve, and enhance the overall appearance and economic vitality of Downtown Salisbury. The team operates as a City of Salisbury department with a direct relationship with DSI and its board of directors as part of the semi-public/private partnership with the Main Street program.
Downtown Salisbury, Inc. (DSI) and the Empire Redevelopment Task Force (ERTF) have unanimously voted to move forward with a boutique hotel concept with residential and commercial mixed-use for the redevelopment of the former Empire Hotel, awarding the development bid to Charlotte-based developer, Brett Krueger, and his affiliate, Howard Kosofsky.
The Empire Redevelopment Task Force launched its Request for Proposal (RFP) in September 2020. Over the past year, the Task Force has engaged in an extensive and thorough evaluation process in its efforts to select a developer and project design that is the most economically-viable option for Downtown Salisbury. The Task Force released its evaluation timeline for public review. See Enclosure.
Krueger has over 25 years of experience in construction, residential, and commercial development. He served as VP of Operations for MRK Investments where he conceptualized and led the development of nationally recognized boutique hotels to include The Ivey’s Hotel in uptown Charlotte and The Windsor Hotel in Asheville.
Krueger intends for the luxury boutique hotel to be decorated with historic items original to Salisbury, to include a blend of boutique and antique design where the past meets modern convenience. He plans to solicit the public for assistance with the acquisition of “all things Salisbury from past, current, to future.”
SALISBURY, N.C. (Friday, July 23, 2021) — City of Salisbury will begin nightly road construction, Monday, July 26, in downtown Salisbury in preparation for the Main Street resurfacing project in the fall. The project is expected to take approximately three weeks to complete.
Crews will saw cut and dig a 30-inch trench in order to place traffic signal conduit (pipe that house wiring) at various downtown intersections along Main and Innes Streets. The work will be done at night to minimize the disruption to downtown businesses during work hours, and allow a better flow of daytime traffic. Residents who live in the downtown area will experience some overnight construction noise.