Downtown

Union Street SouthConcord Downtown is the core of the community, located at the intersection of high performance living and historic charm.  Concord Downtown features an urban lifestyle within the historic fabric of the center city.  With its unique shops and restaurants and luxury residential units, it is a goldmine of walkability and connectivity within Cabarrus County.

 

Downtown Municipal Service District

North Carolina General Statutes allow cities to create Municipal Service Districts.  City ordinance specifies the creation of a Municipal Service District (MSD) in the downtown area. Property within this district is taxed at an additional tax rate on top of the ad valorem tax rate for the general city ($0.48 per $100 of valuation).  The additional MSD tax rate is $0.23 per $100 in property valuation. All the revenue collected from the MSD is utilized by the City of Concord for infrastructure and other improvements inside the district.

Map of Downtown MSD Map of the Municipal Service District
Map of downtown Concord Map of Downtown Concord

 

Concord Downtown Development Corporation

Please visit the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) website for downtown business and event information.  The website also provides a list of available properties that are for sale or lease.

Each year, the City of Concord designates funds to Concord Downtown Development Corporation for grants intended to help with the revitalization of downtown's rich history and beauty.  These programs are administered by the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) and can be reviewed by visiting their website at CDDC Grants.

Contact Johnson Bray, Downtown Development Manager for more information:
Johnson Bray | 704-920-6130

 

Non-Profit Center

The Annex PosterThe City of Concord is establishing a non-profit center at the former City Hall Annex located at 66 Union St. S. The City expects the space to be ready for occupancy by May 1, 2021 and now invites non-profits to submit lease applications. Eligible applicants are 501 (c) non-profits that benefit the general public and contribute to the City's cultural, social, and economic vitality. 

The City invites interested non-profits to submit letters of interest and an application by February 1, 2021. If office spaces remain available after the initial application period, the City will consider applications on a first come first serve basis.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

Download Flyer

The City’s Planning & Neighborhood Development Department staff will review applications and negotiate leases based on the priorities and limits described in the linked application above. Please email applications to:

Joseph Beasley, Economic Development Coordinator
Planning & Neighborhood Development 
704-920-5128

 

Novi Rise Apartments

Project Details:

  • 167 Units
  • Approx. 3,300 Square Feet Retail Space
  • 75 Structured Parking Spaces

Novi Rise Apartments rendering

Rendering of Future NOVI Rise Apartments

NOVI Lofts apartments and rooftop restaurant 26 Union st. s.

Project Details:

  • 84 Units
  • Approx. 7,100 Square Feet Retail Space

Rendering of Future NOVI Lofts Apartments & Rooftop Restaurant

 

Live View of Construction on the New NOVI Rise Apartments at 30 Market St
(Behind City Hall & Police Department)

 

Overview of New Developments in Downtown Concord

Click HERE for more information about all of the exciting new developments (shown on the map below) coming soon to Downtown Concord.

Image of downtown developments

Union Streetscape

The approved plan (approved in October 2019) for "A New Union Streetscape" includes 22 foot wide sidewalks, 11 foot travel lanes, 15 parking spaces remaining on Union Street including two new ADA accessible spaces, sharrow markings, poured concrete sidewalks with brick paver accents, added street trees and landscaping, new smart light poles, space for public art and outdoor dining, designated loading/unloading zones, and vehicle drop-off zones.

Union Streetscape overview
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** Please note that these are early conceptual renderings and are subject to change as we move forward with Construction Documents.

 

Project History

The Downtown Master Plan, adopted by City Council in August 2016, identified the completion of a new Union Streetscape as a catalytic project for downtown Concord. According to the plan a new Union Streetscape will send a positive signal to the private market. It will incentivize the creation of outdoor cafes, adding life to the street and changing its perception, especially at night. The increased foot traffic and street life will attract new restaurants/night life and retailers; and make reuse of now vacant upper stories more attractive to office and residential uses. The new streetscape will increase property values and redevelopment opportunities in downtown.

On Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st of 2019, an interactive demonstration temporarily transformed a section of Union Street S near Gianni’s Trattoria and Cabarrus Creamery (16 and 21 Union Street S) to demonstrate new streetscape design ideas. The design options illustrated the look and feel of enhancements to sidewalk widths, outdoor dining and seating, street trees, and street parking travel lane widths. Citizens were invited to test drive streetscape improvements on Union Street and provide feedback.

Collage of Union Streetscape Mock-up

 

From May 31st and June 10th of 2019, the City conducted a public input survey to gain feedback and project design input.  Results of the public input are summarized in the infographic below. Many of the responses received from the Survey aligned with those stated in the 2016 Downtown Master Plan. Reoccurring themes based on public feedback were:

  • More outdoor dining & entertainment options
  • Trees/landscaping
  • Inc. connectivity (bike & pedestrian)
  • Public gathering/event space
  • Parking perceptions (enough vs. not enough)
  • More residential living & small-scale grocery
  • Public art + amenities (water features)
  • Better Accessibility

Downtown streetscape public input image

 

Project Time Line:

  • March 2019 - McGill Associates awarded Engineering Contract
  • October 8, 2019 –Options for Approval - City Council Work Session
  • July 9, 2019 –Demonstration & Survey Results - City Council Work Session
  • May 31-June 10, 2019 – A New Union Streetscape Survey
  • May 31-June 1, 2019 – A New Union Streetscape Demonstration
  • August 11, 2016 – City Council Presentation & Adoption of 2016 Downtown Master Plan
  • March 21-24, 2016 – Downtown Master Plan Public Design Workshops
  • February 22-24, 2016 – Downtown Master Plan Listening Sessions

Construction documents on this project are scheduled to be completed by Spring 2021 with Construction of the Union Streetscape starting mid-2021.

For more information and answers to FAQs about the New Union Streetscape, please visit see the video on YouTube (Recorded August 2019).