Kinston has received a $100,000 federal grant to help revitalize an entryway around a major road in the city.
Kinston city manager Tony Sears says the money will go towards the revitalization of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Vernon Avenue and King Street.
Many local residents and travelers drive on that road often, but it can be an eyesore. There are many boarded up and abandoned homes right off the road. City officials plan to use the grant to demolish some of those abandoned homes, making a safer environment for residents and leaving a better impression for out-of-towners.
Sears says, "We hope when people pass through they get a better feeling about Kinston, they want to stay, spend some of their tax dollars here, and we just want to make it a better place."
City officials plan to plant some trees in the area, and work on filling in sidewalks. They believe by the spring of next year they will begin to demolish some of the abandoned homes.