Thu Aug 18, 2022

Grant could jumpstart downtown Whiteville revitalization

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Contractors demolished the former Lewis Smith Shopping Center earlier this year after it was donated to the City of Whiteville. Staff photo by Justin Smith

At its Tuesday meeting, Whiteville City Council unanimously authorized its staff to apply for the Rural Downtown Transformation Grant provided by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. The grant could be up to $950,000.

“I’ve got to feel good about that money,” said Mayor Terry Mann. “It’s designated for

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