Working To Revitalize Downtown Kinston

The city of Kinston, once considered the hub of shopping in Eastern Carolina, is going through a revitalization thanks to several investors.

On North Queen Street alone, several historic buildings are going through facelifts and entire floors are being gutted.

Adrian King, executive director of Pride of Kinston, a non-profit spearheading the recent revitalization of the 27 blocks of the downtown area, says It's all in an effort to return Kinston to a destination city in the east.

King showed us several big projects like at the old Farmers and Merchants building on Queen and Gordon where offices and an apartment is being planned.

Longtime retailer H-Stadiem is also getting a facelift, and several new restaurants and stores have moved in as well.

King says he credits Vivian Howard's restaurant, "Chef and the Farmer," which opened in 2005, with jump starting downtown's revitalization.

He also estimates over 150 jobs have been created just from the new restaurants and stores that have moved into downtown.

King says Pride of Kinston has several plans in the works to increase foot traffic, including changes to North Queen Street reducing lanes from four to two, and expanding the sidewalks.