Kinston beautifying main corridors to reduce blight, attract business

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) –  The city of Kinston plans to beautify its main corridors to attract more businesses and tourism.

Part of the plan includes tearing down condemned and abandoned buildings along Queen Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Planning director Adam Short said the city’s budgeted about $70,000 to tear down blight, but it’s not the sole answer.

“Eventually, we need to find a point in time where property owners can step up and help offset some of that cost,” Short said. “Anytime we can generate new interest in rehab and using what we have is good for our community.”

The beautification plans include angled parking on Queen Street.

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