East Spencer to hear presentation on revitalization, former school admin building

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 19, 2016

By Shavonne Walker


EAST SPENCER — The town of East Spencer will hear a presentation to discuss community revitalization and plans for the former school administration building. The presentation will be by Project Manager Peter Cvelich.

The UNC School of Government established the Development Finance Initiative (DFI), which has been partnering with the town to see what could be done to the administration building, if the town were to purchase it. Cvelich is with the Development Finance Initiative. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 105 South Long St.

DFI would take the town through the entire development process to include site analysis, evaluating redevelopment possibilities and identifying potential developers.

Mayor Barbara Mallett has said although the town does not own the property, it would like to be proactive and have a plan in place to acquire the property when it becomes available.

The board will also discuss the USDA housing preservation grant. The grant is designed to provide assistance to low-income homeowners to make needed improvements to their homes. The $75,000 grant would provide rehab for six to nine houses. The board will look at the contract.

A special meeting is scheduled to follow the meeting to approve the preservation grant and re-evaluate bids for police cars.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.