Kannapolis Downtown Revitalization Project

December Update

Work continues in Kannapolis on the first phase of the Downtown Revitalization Project – the streetscape and infrastructure. 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. 

The Gem Theatre and Restaurant 46 will be open for business. 

Work taking place in December (weather permitting):
•New pedestrian crosswalks will be installed on Vance Avenue
•Oak Avenue (Vance to West B) work will include curb and gutters, sidewalk pavers, retaining walls for raised planters, pole bases for streetlights; Duke Energy and Windstream will remove overhead lines.
•West B (Oak to Chestnut) construction includes completing stormwater and completing retaining walls, fine grading, layout of curb and gutters and asphalt stone base for the street.
•West B (Oak to West) – fine grading begins on the street, layout of curbs and asphalt stone base installation.
•West Avenue South (West B-Vance) – masonry for the raised planters and seat walls will be underway, curb and gutter installation, and concrete bands around parking areas will be added.
•West Avenue North (West B- West 1st) – sewer and stormwater lines will be completed, curb and gutters will be finished, and asphalt stone installed. 
•Sports and Entertainment Venue construction is underway. Grading is occurring, and buildings located on the site will be removed. 
•VIDA Mixed Use District – Site preparation begins with buildings being removed.


Once completed the streetscape will be a dynamic urban park that includes unique green space, outdoor dining and social activity areas. Vida, the mixed use Demonstration Project, by the Lansing Melbourne Group, should begin construction in 2019 and the Sports and Entertainment Venue construction is underway and will be completed by April 2020.


Here is a video with City Manager Mike Legg and Cabarrus County Chair Steve Morris, describing the project.



Downtown Revitalization Timeline