Citizens Invited to Provide Feedback on Downtown Catalyst Study: Roundtable Discussions February 18 and 25

Citizens are invited to attend one of four identical roundtable discussions on the Downtown Catalyst Feasibility Study at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House (218 Concord Road) on:

•    Thursday, February 18 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. 
•    Thursday, February 18 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. 
•    Thursday, February 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
•    Thursday, February 25 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

These roundtable discussions are open to the public and we encourage your participation. Citizens will sit at tables and a discussion will be facilitated by town staff, members of the Davidson Board of Commissioners, and the Development Finance Initiative team. Space is limited, so we encourage you to save your space by registering for a session on our website at www.townofdavidson.org/catalyst. Those who are not registered will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Why is the town considering the Downtown Catalyst Feasibility Study?

The Town of Davidson is trying to satisfy a number of citizen needs (based on responses to our citizen surveys over the years and stakeholders meetings over the past 18 months) by studying the catalyst site. Some of the needs that could be satisfied by developing this site (include image) are:

•    more parking in the downtown area,
•    more retail and office space downtown,
•    a permanent home for the Davidson Farmer’s Market,
•    improved downtown public space,
•    downtown housing, and
•    increased space for public services.

image of site
The red dotted line shows the study area of 3.5 acres of town-owned land along S. Main St. and Jackson St.

Consultants with the Development Finance Initiative (DFI), a program of the UNC School of Government, are providing specialized finance and development expertise to the Town of Davidson to determine the potential for a partnership to develop the area.  

“After the last public input session on October 20, 2015, we realized that there was a need to provide more information and seek more feedback on the Downtown Catalyst Feasibility Study,” said Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming. “We have outlined multiple ways to answer your questions about the study and receive additional input from citizens to help guide the future of the downtown area – we hope you’ll attend one of these sessions later this month.”

Prior to these roundtable discussions, we encourage you to learn more at www.townofdavidson.org/catalyst.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to provide feedback, we’d still like to hear from you. Please contact Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming at kfleming@townofdavidson.org or 704-940-9622 or complete the survey at www.townofdavidson.org/OpenTownHall.

There will be a “pilot” roundtable session on Monday, February 8 at 6:00 p.m. at Davidson Town Hall. Members of the Davidson Board of Commissioners will be present, but no action will be taken. This session will be open to the public. 

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