The City Walk, which will be developed along Main Avenue from Lenoir-Rhyne University through Downtown Hickory to 11th Street NW and up to Old Lenoir Road (future Old Lenoir Walk), 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, and Cornerstone United have already invested and added jobs. One North Center, a $19 million mixed-use development along the City Walk path, is also under construction and will soon expand downtown living opportunities.
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.
In December 2018, the City started relocating utilities and waterlines in preparation for City Walk. These relocations and infrastructure improvements along Main Avenue NW/NE were completed in 2019. Renovations to Union Square and the downtown block, a planned component of the City Walk project, started on April 8, 2019, and were completed on September 6, 2019.
In a special meeting on June 25, 2019, Hickory City Council awarded the final component of the City Walk construction to Neill Grading and Construction Co., Inc.
An official ground breaking for the City Walk was held on Monday, September 23, 2019, at 12 p.m., in front of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church.
The City Walk is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by late spring 2021.