Revitalization project hopes to boost business in downtown Burlington

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BURLINGTON, N.C.--The Downtown Burlington Corporation is launching a revitalization project designed to boost new business downtown and attract new customers.

A group of business leaders, residents and Elon staff who are known the "Downtowners" have been tasked with developing ideas to revamp the area.

The group has broken down their ideas into different groups including, live music and entertainment, dog friendly stores, Elon Unversity relations and beautification methods.

"We're going towards a society where we have more than one person households and people want to live in an interesting urban environment, and we can hopefully provide that," said Anne Morris with The Downtown Burlington Corporation.

She hopes Burlington's location between the Triad and Triangle will work to its advantage.

"Because of our location between the Triad and the Triangle that within an hours drive, just a rough estimate of over 3 million people live in that area, and there's no reason why we can't develop destinations here and become a place for them to come here and spend their money."

A family friendly event kicks off May 24 with "Fourth Fridays." Every fourth Friday of the summer months, downtown Burlington shops will be open with special discounts and  vendors will offer food and drinks. Live entertainment will also be provided.

Morris said the revamp plans are still in the beginning stages, but people should notice some small changes in the next couple months.

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