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Incentive grants on council’s agenda

SALISBURY — Salisbury City Council will hear details Tuesday about proposed Downtown Salisbury Revitalization Grants, one of six priority goals it set for 2014-2015.
The program would establish four new grant programs under the headings of building rehabilitation, residential production, residential utilities and fire suppression, with maximum grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.
The incentives would be designed to promote both new development and historic rehabilitation.
“A primary focus of the grants is the creation of new residences in the downtown to help grow the tax base and increase the market base for retail and restaurants,” Planning Director Janet Gapen said in a memo.
After hearing about the grants program Tuesday, council is expected to set a public hearing on the proposal for Sept. 16.
Council meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 217 S. Main St.
In other agenda items Tuesday, council:
• Will consider awarding a $337,900 contract to APAC Atlantic for the repaving of eight different city streets.
• Will consider a text amendment to the land development ordinance in relation to urban farms.
• Will consider rezoning roughly 14 acres, including the former Holiday Inn at 530 Jake Alexander Blvd., from highway business to institutional campus, at the request of Livingstone College.
• Will consider rezoning the former Coca-Cola Bottling plant at 1828 S. Main St. from corridor mixed-use to highway business. The site includes about 3 acres.
• Will hold a public hearing and consider closing a portion of Kentucky and Hillsboro streets.
• Will hold a public hearing and consider closing an alley in the 100 block of West Cemetery St., in connection with construction of a central school office.
• Will proclaim September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Sept. 12 as Rowan County United Way’s “Raised Here, Stays Here, Shared Here” Day.
Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.

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