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Filling The Emptiness On Greensboro's Elm Street

6:23 PM, Sep 17, 2013   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, NC -- If you've walked down Elm Street in downtown Greensboro recently, you've likely noticed the large amount of vacant storefronts.  There's a new effort this week to cultivate more business and fill that empty space downtown.

WFMY News 2's Chad Silber and a board member for downtown Greensboro took a walk along down Elm Street, between Washington and McGee and it's easy to notice all the vacant buildings.

"That's the one block on the west side that needs some major attention," said Dawn Chaney, DGI Board Chair.  "As of right now, you can see we're getting that attention."

It's a slow, quiet process but Chaney says it's happening all around us, including the construction of a new Mexican restaurant and even a bookstore with a wine bar in it.

Also taking on a revitalizing role -- the Greensboro Partnership.  "We work with companies that have high growth potential," said Monica Doss of the Partnership.

The group started a local business accelerator program this week.  "People who have really great ideas who have put together their business plans or some parts of them but really need some real intense mentoring," said Doss.

They're focused on filling the spaces and, in turn, adding jobs. 

DGI is confident the construction will be contagious.  "Once one building sells and is renovated, then you have the second, the third and before you know it, you've completed a whole block," said Chaney.

To follow Chad Silber or let him know about a story idea, look for him: @chadsilber.

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