The City of Morganton kicked off a new Downtown Master Plan process in March 2017 led by the firm Stantec. During the process Stantec will hold many public input meetings and gatherings for Morgantonians to voice their opinions and desires for the future of downtown. Check this page for news and updates as the plan progresses. The new Master Plan will be managed by the Main Street Department.

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Announcements

Downtown Master Plan Charrette starts Monday!, 5/8/2017

 

Downtown Master Plan Calendar

Date, 2017
Event
Location
Feb. 27 Stantec Presentation at Council Workshop
City Hall
March 28-29 Focus Groups
Fonta Flora and Catawba Brewing Co.
March 28 Morganton On Tap
Brown Mountain Bottleworks
May 6
Walk/Bike Tour of Downtown
Downtown Morganton
May 15-19

Charrette Week
Katz Building, 116 W. Union St.

Monday
May 15
Opening Night Presentation
6:00-7:30 pm, Historic Burke County Courthouse, 101 S. Sterling St.
Tuesday
May 16

Public Input at Katz Building
116 W. Union St.

9:00 am - Broughton Project Stakeholders Discussion
10:30 am - One-Way Pair Preliminary Analysis and Stakeholder Discussion
1:00 pm - Public Art Stakeholders Discussion
3:30 pm - Youth Engagement Meeting
5:30-7:30 pm - Public Pin-Up of Early Ideas

Wednesday
May 17

Public Input at Katz Building
116 W. Union St.

9:00 am - Courthouse Square Public Space Improvements
10:30 am - Downtown Public Space Stakeholder Discussion with Parks and Recreation Master Plan Consultant Team

Wednesday
May 17

Morganton On Tap
Catawba Brewing Company, 212 S. Green St.

5:30-7:00 pm - Open Mic dialogue, and Public Pin-Up of mid-week ideas

Thursday
May 18

Public Input at Katz Building
116 W. Union St.

9:00 am-5:30 pm - Design Studio Open to the Public
5:30-7:30 pm - Public Pin-Up of Preliminary Recommendations

Friday
May 19
9am-Noon

Public Input at Katz Building
116 W. Union St.

9:00 am–12:00 pm - Design Studio Open to the Public

Friday
May 19
Steering Committee Meeting
116 W. Union St.
Wednesday
June 7
Public Presentation of Vision Plan
TBD

 

Articles

5/8/2017, Downtown Master Plan Charrette starts Monday!

5/17/2017, Charrette Day Two

 

Documentsfolder

No current documents.

 

Photos

Steering Committee Meeting at Fonta Flora, 3/27/2017

The Downtown Master Plan Steering Committee held a kick off meeting Monday night, March 27, 2017, at Fonta Flora in Downtown Morganton.

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Craig Lewis, Stantec, leads the Steering Committee Meeting Kick Off Monday night, March 27, 2017, at Fonta Flora.

Stantec Steering Committee kick off meeting

Craig Lewis, Stantec, talks to Steering Committee members during the Steering Committee Meeting Kick Off Monday night, March 27, 2017, at Fonta Flora.

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Amanda Morell, Stantec, places suggestions on an idea board during the Steering Committee Kick Off meeting Monday night, March 27, 2017, at Fonta Flora.

 

Morganton On Tap at Brown Mountain Bottleworks, 3/28/2017

The Downtown Master Plan team held a public event Tuesday night, March 28, 2017, at Brown Mountain Bottleworks called Morganton On Tap. The event was to discuss the Downtown Master Plan process and get public input.

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Amanda Morell, Stantec, talks to the crowd gathered for Morganton On Tap held at Brown Mountain Bottleworks Tuesday night, March 28, 2017.

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Aimee Perez, owner of Root&Vine in downtown shared her opinions as a citizen and business owner during Morganton On Tap held at Brown Mountain Bottleworks Tuesday night, March 28, 2017.

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A Stantec staffer takes notes during Morganton On Tap held at Brown Mountain Bottleworks Tuesday night, March 28, 2017.

 

Charrette Week Kick Off at Historic Burke County Courthouse, 5/15/2017

The Downtown Master Plan Charrette Kicked Off last night, Monday, May 15, 2017, at the Historic Burke County Courthouse. About 70 people attended and gave their input. The Charrette continues today through Friday. Stop by the Katz Building, at 116 W. Union St., to participate in more discussions. More info at http://bit.ly/DowntownMasterPlan17.

More Charrette Week Kick Off Photos i flickr 24x24.

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Word cloud

slide showing what participants want to see more of in downtown

 

Charrette Day 2, 5/16/2017

Lots of people dropped by the Katz building yesterday, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, to give their input on the Downtown Morganton Master Plan. Stantec, the consultants, held several round-table discussions on issues such as the Broughton project, converting the one-way streets in downtown back to two-way, public art, and youth engagement. Tuesday night, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Stantec staff displayed the work and drawings completed that day. One popular set of drawings were ideas on how to rejuvenate the Historic Courthouse Square into a more user-friendly space. “In our mind, the courthouse square is the most underutilized public space you have,” said Craig Lewis, Stantec.

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Stantec staff discusses ideas with resident

Stantec staff discusses ideas with residents

Local youth share what they love about downtown Morganton

 

Charrette Day 3, 5/17/2017

The Downtown Master Plan Charrette Continued Wednesday, May 17, 2017, with day sessions at the Katz building in downtown and another Morganton On Tap that evening at Catawba Brewing Company. The consultants presented more great ideas about downtown and encouraging people to use our public spaces. Two major themes of the planning so far have been “Putting People First” and “Starting at the Square.”

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Stakeholders discuss Courthouse Square Public Space Improvements

Mayor Ronnie Thompson and Chris Jernigan discuss the master plan at Morganton On Tap at Catawba Brewing Co.

People look at ideas at Morganton on Tap

 

Charrette Day 4, 5/18/2017

The Stantec staff worked hard Thursday, May 18, 2017, to prepare for another pin-up of ideas at the Katz building in downtown Morganton.

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A Stantec staffer discusses ideas with a visitor

A Stantec staffer discusses ideas with a visitor.

Visitors and Stantec staff look over idea boards

Visitors and Stantec staff look over idea boards.

One idea for the old Kimbrell's building in downtown is to turn the building into mixed use with commercial on the first level and residential on the second and third floor.

One idea for the old Kimbrell's building in downtown is to turn the building into mixed use with commercial on the first level and residential on the second and third floor.

 

Charrette Day 5, 5/19/2017

The Downtown Master Plan Charrette ended Friday, May 19, 2017, with a Steering Committee Meeting. Stantec, the consultants, reviewed a lot of the work completed that week and asked for final input from the Steering Committee before head back to their offices to write and draw up the final plan. The plan will be presented June 7 , 2017.

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Craig Lewis, Stantec, reviews the weeks ideas with the Steering Committee

Craig Lewis, Stantec, reviews the weeks ideas with the Steering Committee.

Housing ideas for two blocks on E. Union and Bouchelle Street and E. Union and White Street.

Housing ideas for two blocks on E. Union and Bouchelle Street and E. Union and White Street.

Stantec staffers came up with a lot of great ideas to rejuvenate the Historic Courthouse Lawn.

Stantec staffers came up with a lot of great ideas to rejuvenate the Historic Courthouse Lawn.

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