City Walk Information

The City Walk, which will be developed along Main Avenue from Lenoir-Rhyne University through Downtown Hickory to 9th Street NW, will continue the growth of company headquarters and professional jobs in the City’s central business district.  Businesses have already invested over $30 million in new entertainment, headquarters, and retail shops, along Main Avenue between Lenoir-Rhyne University and Downtown Hickory.  Great local companies, like Moretz Enterprises, Hollar Mill, Lenoir Rhyne University, Transportation Insight, Cornerstone United, and Blue Bloodhound have already invested and added jobs.  By building a City Walk that will allow employees to easily connect to the university, shops, services, and their offices, as well as being a great place for all residents to enjoy, the City feels it can continue to attract company headquarters, as well as service and professional jobs, to the central business district to create a place where young adults want to work, live, and play.

In a special meeting, held August 24, 2016, Hickory City Council voted unanimously to approve two design service contracts with Amec Foster Wheeler to design the City Walk and two gateways.

City Walk plans for the main multi-purpose pathway have been submitted for constructability review by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and are currently under review with Norfolk Southern Railroad (NSRR).  The plans, once receiving final approval from NCDOT and a project agreement from NSRR, will go the Federal Highway Administration for authorization to bid the project. Construction is slated for the first quarter of 2019.

In preparation for City Walk construction, the City of Hickory has started working on relocating utilities and replacing water and sewer lines along Main Avenue NE/NW.  Crews started in the 900 block of Main Avenue NW and are working east toward Lenoir-Rhyne University.


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