Main Street Department

The City of Morganton was named a Main Street Community in 1982 by the North Carolina Main Street Program. The Morganton Main Street Department has spent more than 30 years working to maintain a vibrant and energized downtown. The program has generated more than $60 million dollars of public and private investment into downtown and that investment has helped downtown Morganton weather the storms that left many downtowns across America crumbling and desolate. Today, downtown Morganton is strong and healthy largely due to the Main Street program and remains the the heart and soul of the City

The Main Street Department strives to develop the downtown district through the Main Street Four Point Approach of organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring. The Main Street Department also manages the Morganton Community House.

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Sharon Jablonski
Main Street Director

ms-downtown-master-plan-2ms-downtown-master-plan-1The Downtown Master Plan was developed in the late 1990s. Although Morganton had been the hub of economic development in Burke County for many years, community leaders felt the downtown area had the potential to be a more vital and vibrant center for community life.

To explore that potential, the Morganton City Council appointed the Downtown Advisory Committee in the spring of 1996 and engaged the services of a consulting firm to lead a visioning process for Downtown Morganton. Over a period of 18 months, some 350 community members were involved in research, discussion, and planning aimed at developing a strategic plan for the downtown's future - The Master Plan.

ms-downtown tax district-20100216-153pxMorganton has had the Special Downtown Tax District since 1982 when the City Council created the Main Street Department and the Main Street Program. The Special Downtown Tax District covers a 36-block area in downtown Morganton and is overseen by the Main Street Department.

The tax rate for the Special Downtown Tax District is currently $0.14 cent per $100 valuation. The City Council approves the tax rate when it approves the city budget.

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The Morganton Main Street program has spent more than 30 years working to maintain a vibrant and energized downtown. The program has generated more than $60 million dollars of public and private investment into downtown and that investment has helped downtown Morganton weather the storms that left many downtowns across America crumbling and desolate. Today, downtown Morganton, the heart and soul of the City, is strong and healthy largely due to the Main Street program.

 

828-438-5252 

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Location
112 B W. Union St.
Morganton, NC 28655

Mailing Address
City of Morganton
Main Street Department
PO Box 3448
Morganton, NC 28680-3448

 

Sharon Jablonski
Main Street Director

828-438-5280
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Abby Gentry
Community Events Coordinator
828-438-5252
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Becca Stephens
Community House Development Coordinator
828-438-5364
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Sarah Williams
Community House Chef
828-438-5364
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MCH logo square 400pxA Traditional Venue for the Modern Event

Built in 1935, the original purpose of the Community House was to provide a venue for clubs, civic groups and the citizens of Morganton to meet and socialize.

Since then we have added weddings, corporate meetings and other large-scale events to our repertoire. We take pride in providing exceptional service and high quality cuisine at an affordable cost. Our expert staff will guarantee a seamless event ensuring every detail of your experience is a memory to treasure.

Call 828-438-5364 to plan your next event at the Morganton Community House, or click the link below to book your event online.

City Contact

828-437-8863

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305 E. Union St. Ste A100
Morganton, NC 28655 i Google Maps 16x16

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