Conover Station is an exciting project happening in the heart of Conover, North Carolina. The project has received astounding amounts of support, both from the community and from the government. It has become a prominent, newsworthy project that sets a great example of successful community-based redevelopment and new urbanism.
The Conover Station site is steeped in history. For over 100 years, the site was a buzzing manufacturing hub. Furniture, gloves and ax handles were all produced here. When the Broyhill Furniture factory closed in 2005, the City of Conover purchased the property and began brainstorming ideas for its reuse. The city has received over $6.2 million in grant funding, and they are using that money wisely.
The campus is 27 acres, and a new road was built in October, complete with copious parking. The main building is being remodeled and repurposed. Several of the other smaller buildings have been demolished to make room for a park. The main building will be a community center, with many perks and an open floor plan. The building will house a library, a transit authority, a community room with space for 250 people, and a coffee and pastry shop.
The library will be located on the top floor, and it will be much larger than the existing library in Conover. The pastry and coffee shop will be located on the same floor, so that patrons can read and relax at the same time.
The state of North Carolina is in the process of extending our passenger rail system. There are three North/South routes in the state currently, but a planned extension will connect Asheville to Salisbury, and will include a stop at the Conover Station. With an extensive train station in Salisbury, this will open up rail travel around the country to people in our area.
The city has focused on keeping citizens informed of the progress they are making on this project. You can contact Donald Duncan, City Manager, or Lance Hight, Planning Director, at 828.464.1191. You can download an Info Packet, a Master Plan, and a Grant Meter.