Answer: The City of Concord has a downtown Municipal Service District (MSD) that serves as a technical definition for Downtown Concord. Property owners within the MSD pay additional property taxes to the City to support MSD services. See the boundaries here.
Answer: Please use the contact form on this website or call our office at 704-920-6130 for guidance on starting a business in Concord Downtown. You may also review the Business Resources tab on this website for additional assistance.
Answer: Learn how you can promote your business by becoming an event sponsor. Learn more about sponsorship.
Answer: Small Business Saturday (SBS) is a monthly event held on the last Saturday of each month. If you are an outside vendor and would like to participate in this event use the contact form or call our office 704-920-6130.
Answer: The annual Christmas Parade has been held in Concord for over 90 years! Previously hosted by a volunteer organization, in 2022, the City of Concord Parks & Recreation Department took over the management of the parade.
Answer: Lansing Melbourne Group (LMG) is developing the Novi Rise, Novi Lofts, and Novi Flats projects downtown (~300 new apartment units and ~15,000 SF of new commercial space). LMG is active across the region and also developing projects in downtown Kannapolis and Gastonia.
Answer: Approximately 151 of the 300 total units will be considered workforce units meaning the units will be restricted to households earning 80% or less than the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia Metropolitan Statistical Area’s median income. These workforce units will float throughout the project meaning there won’t be a physical difference between a market rate unit and a workforce unit. The 2021 80% income limit for a single person household is $47,150. The high quality of the workforce units will likely attract residents between the 70-80% area median income (AMI). The workforce unit allocation is driven by one of the development’s private investors and will apply to the project for 10 years.
Answer: A New Union Streetscape was identified as a catalyst project in the 2016 Downtown Master Plan. The existing streetscape on Union Street has not been significantly upgraded since the late 1980s. Many of the street trees downtown have reached the end of the lifespan and have caused tripping hazards in the sidewalks. Sidewalks have also settled causing water infiltration issues in downtown. Finally, existing underground utilities are aging and need replacement to ensure a vibrant downtown for decades to come.
Answer: The City anticipates construction starting on the Union Streetscape Project in April 2022 and expects the project to take 18 months to complete. The City will provide a more detailed timeline for the project once construction is underway.
Answer: The City will clearly mark and maintain access to sidewalks for visitors during construction. The City encourages businesses with rear entrances to use them for public access where available. Limited closures may occur at the front door of businesses fronting Union Street when sidewalks are being poured, but the Contractor will try to schedule this work during off hours.
Answer: The City will not implement any resident or business tax increases to help pay for the Union Streetscape Project. The City of Concord has been planning for this project for several years and has budgeted accordingly.
Answer: Yes. Spring St., Market St., Barbrick Ave., Cabarrus Ave., Church St., Means Ave., and McCachern Blvd. will all still have on-street parking options. The City will maintain eleven parking spaces north of Cabarrus Ave. on Union St. from Killarney to Cabarrus Ave.. For more information on current available parking please see the Parking Map.
Answer: Yes. North Carolina ABC law allows restaurants and bars/private clubs to extend their premises into outdoor dining areas with some requirements. Businesses must enter into an encroachment lease agreement with the City for use of the outdoor dining area where they intend to serve alcohol. In addition, businesses must clearly mark the outdoor dining area where they intend to serve alcohol. Examples of boundary markers include foldable signs, ground level medallions, planters, etc.