We’re Moving Downtown Forward

Bringing More to Our Downtown

Paving the Way Forward for Downtown

The Future of our Downtown is Bright

The Future of Our Downtown

Forward High Point is bringing exciting new opportunities to downtown High Point, NC. Through the development of economic initiatives and innovative projects, we work to move our city forward into the future. With each new venture, we are actively taking strides to transform High Point into a vibrant destination to live, work, study and play.

From: Raymond Gibbs
Sent: Monday, October 8, 2018 9:12 AM
Subject: IMC Donates Showplace West to Forward High Point

 

FRIENDS OF DOWNTOWN HIGH POINT

 

As was publicly announced today,  IMC has generously donated the 125,000 SF “Showplace West” building to Forward High Point (through our foundation).  This 8-story, building sits on maybe the most prominent spot in downtown High Point, the corner of Main Street & High Avenue, across from the historic railroad depot.

 

Forward High Point will begin immediately on a detail analysis of the building, to help determine the extend and cost of basic, code related, renovations that would be required to the building.  It will also start to explore potential renovation options.  After this process, Forward High Point will conduct a national search for an experienced developer to purchase the building from the foundation for renovations.

 

The primary goal of Forward High Point and IMC was to return the building to its prominence as a major anchor to the year-round commerce and activity of downtown.  We see the potential of this building becoming another catalyst to for the continued revitalization of downtown High Point with Restaurants, Retail, Office Space and Apartments.

 

Click here to view a copy of article in today’s Triad Business Journal    (On Line)

If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call (336-883-9891).

Excited in Downtown High Point!

Portions of Elm Street Closed for Improvements!

Portions of N. Elm Street are now closed until early 2019 to accommodate underground utility improvements around the city’s downtown stadium.  The construction will take place between Gatewood Avenue and W. English Road, and a temporary closure of the road to through-traffic will be in effect from Church to Westwood avenues.  The construction zone will be in place through February 2019, according to the city. A handful of businesses, mostly offices, are in the path of the project, and access to all of them will be maintained throughout the construction, according to the city.  Detour signage will be used to assist drivers attempting to navigate to the businesses or bypass the closure.  The detour route will use Church Avenue, N. Main Street, Westwood Avenue and N. Lindsay Street.  As the project advances and access points change and new detours are put in place, further updates will be released by the city at www.highpointnc.gov/elmstreetproject.  During construction, crews will replace water, sewer and stormwater lines under the street. High Point general contractor Breece Enterprises is overseeing the construction under a $2.45 million contract with the city.  The infrastructure upgrades are needed to replace lines that are nearly 100 years old to accommodate not only the stadium but a hotel and other development planned around the site, according to the city.  Developer Elliott Sidewalk Communities plans to break ground on the first phase of the development at Church Avenue and N. Elm Street in January or February, and the stadium will host its first Atlantic League baseball game in May.

Forward High Point says construction on the city’s new baseball stadium should be complete within 6 months

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Forward High Point says construction on the city’s new baseball stadium should be complete within six months.

Executive Director Ray Gibbs said Thursday that while the stadium will attract attention to downtown High Point, project leaders have their sights set on a bigger project.  “The real goal the city had with the stadium was not to simply bring baseball to High Point, but to become a catalyst for private development in the downtown area to activate downtown 52 weeks a year not just the two or three weeks a year that come with the furniture market,” he said.

Gibbs worked on the Greensboro Grasshoppers stadium while he was president of Downtown Greensboro Inc.

He said that stadium was more of a standalone project, while High Point hopes their approach moves development along quickly. “Development has been happening around it with some apartments and now a hotel and some more apartments getting ready to happen, but it has taken a longer period of time,” he said of Greensboro’s stadium.

Gibbs said High Point’s concept for the stadium is being used at larger venues across the country. “A classic example is the development of the Atlanta Braves stadium with the development happening around that stadium in concert with the design and concept for the stadium itself,” he said.

High Point leaders say they hope to break ground on the hotel and restaurants near the stadium over the winter.  “As people come to the stadium next May, they will see those buildings coming out of the ground, so we’re not going to be waiting three or five or 10 years for that development to happen, it’s going to be happening immediately with the stadium,” Gibbs said.

welcome to

HIGH POINT 2.0

Furnishing Downtown Joy 365

Forward High Point is proud to present
the unveiling of a new Downtown Joy ~
“BEYOND A HOME RUN”

Press release version -please click here ~ Press Release – 5-21-18

welcome to

HIGH POINT 2.0

Furnishing Downtown Joy 365

Forward High Point is proud to present
the unveiling of a new Downtown Joy ~
“BEYOND A HOME RUN”

Press release version -please click here ~ Press Release – 5-21-18

Who
We Are

Forward High Point is a non-profit organization, managed by a Board of Directors made up of local elected and community leaders, helping to reinvigorate downtown High Point. Forward High Point has been tasked with planning and executing many of the strategic goals of the community and city council.

Mission: To Transform Downtown High Point into an extraordinary and vibrant place to live, work, study and play.

#FORWARDHP

CATALYST PROJECT

Aimed at creating a vibrant downtown 52 weeks a year, the Catalyst Project is the result of meticulous planning and research. The multi-use baseball stadium will house not only a team from the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, but soccer, football, lacrosse and music events throughout the year. It will also serve to anchor additional dynamic growth in the area, with plans for a children’s museum, events center, restaurants, hotels, cafés and more in the works.

Get more details about the upcoming High Point baseball team here.

LIBRARY PROJECT

The expansion project for the High Point City Library will help empower the community-focused efforts of this city landmark. With a dedicated gathering space that can host concerts, festivals, city events, vendors and more, this three-phase project is just one more way we’re helping transform downtown High Point. The plaza will eventually include electric infrastructure to accommodate food trucks and outdoor movie nights, as well as “teaching gardens” for educators and families to enjoy year-round.

Who
We Are

Forward High Point is a non-profit organization, managed by a Board of Directors made up of local elected and community leaders, helping to reinvigorate downtown High Point. Forward High Point has been tasked with planning and executing many of the strategic goals of the community and city council.

Mission: To Transform Downtown High Point into an extraordinary and vibrant place to live, work, study and play.

#FORWARDHP

CATALYST PROJECT

Aimed at creating a vibrant downtown 52 weeks a year, the Catalyst Project is the result of meticulous planning and research. The multi-use baseball stadium will house not only a team from the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, but soccer, football, lacrosse and music events throughout the year. It will also serve to anchor additional dynamic growth in the area, with plans for a children’s museum, events center, restaurants, hotels, cafés and more in the works.

Get more details about the upcoming High Point baseball team here.

LIBRARY PROJECT

The expansion project for the High Point City Library will help empower the community-focused efforts of this city landmark. With a dedicated gathering space that can host concerts, festivals, city events, vendors and more, this three-phase project is just one more way we’re helping transform downtown High Point. The plaza will eventually include electric infrastructure to accommodate food trucks and outdoor movie nights, as well as “teaching gardens” for educators and families to enjoy year-round.

What’s Happening Here

Craft Beer Fest

Held in the spring of each year, the Carolina Brewsfest Craft Beer Festival in downtown High Point celebrates North Carolina’s exciting and rapidly growing craft brewing community, and our state’s great beer!

High Point Theatre

The Theatre features an elegant 929 seat auditorium with continental style seating. The center is suited for convention use, all types of performing arts, and is available to both professional and amateur groups on a rental basis.

Cycling Classic

In its original tenure, the High Point Cycling Classic evolved into one of the most respected Criterium series races in North Carolina and the Southeast. Backed by the High Point tourism and business community, the city hosted the 2013 and 2014 USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships.

Go Far

Launched in 2003 in response to the childhood obesity epidemic, GO FAR is a comprehensive fitness program designed to teach children of all abilities about healthy eating habits, goal setting, and how to train for a 5K

TAG

Theatre Art Galleries (TAG) began as a program of the High Point Area Arts Council. TAG is now in its 24th year of independent operation. The High Point Theatre offers a wide range of performing arts throughout the year that complement TAG’s visual art exhibits.

Hi-Fest

A Multi-Cultural Festival with musical performances by local groups and established artists. Experience the music, food, dance and art that originates locally and all over the world.

Partners

Hayden Harman Foundation
Hp Community Foundation
HPU
Market
Southwest Renewal
Build HP
HP CVB
HP Chamber
HP Economic Dev
City of High Point

164 South Main Street,
Suite 606
High Point, NC 27260

336.883.9892

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