The OPERATION NO VACANCY INITIATIVE has been announced in Hickory. This initiative aims to attract reinvestment in distressed commercial and industrial buildings. The city took an inventory of over 190 vacant buildings in Hickory and used that information to create a Commercial Revitalization Area.
The OPERATION NO VACANCY INITIATIVE has combined existing grant programs such as the Downtown Appearance Grant and created new incentive programs that are targeted to the area of greatest need. This grant offers 50 percent matching funds of up to $25,000 to people who redevelop a vacant building. This initiative also includes investment in the infrastructure to put in sidewalks and build bus shelters for this corridor of redevelopment.
For more information on OPERATION NO VACANCY or the Vacant Building Inventory check out the newly redesigned Hickory Government Website at http://www.hickorygov.com/.
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