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Revitalization Plans in Bladenboro Become Tangible

The Town of Bladenboro was awarded a grant in the amount of $200,000 from North Carolina legislators with the help of NC House Representative William Brisson, for the demolition of dilapidated buildings. This week fruits of the grant became visible.

Flood Damaged Hester Building on Main Street in Bladenboro in 2018
Demo 9/15/20 of Hester Building on Main Street in Bladenboro

The old optometrist building, also known as the Hester Building on Main Street, was demolished this week. The building was Dr. Helms’ office before the hurricanes in 2016, and 2018 flooded the establishment making the facility inhabitable. The area of the demolished building will be used to expand the parking lot area.

The cost of the demo was $21,950 leaving $178,050 in grant funding. After the Hester building demolition this week, the remaining funds are being directed to the west side of Main Street between Railroad Street and the old Housing Authority building, according to Chuck Heustess of the Bladen County Economic Development Commission.

Photos below are of other buildings in Bladenboro on the list for demolition.

Heustess also requested the town board to consider adopting a resolution to be a co-applicant along with Bladen’s Bloomin’ for a US Economic Development Administration grant that is needed to continue the Downtown Revitalization Program.

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