Officials in one Eastern Carolina city are hoping a historic neighborhood will soon see a major revitalization.
The Kinston City Council voted unanimously to approve an urban redevelopment for the historic Mitcheltown neighborhood. City officials say the area will be made more accessible to developers and private investors to update Kinston's oldest neighborhood.
The area is made up of the Mitcheltown Historic District, as well as the Arts and Culture Overlay District which is about 12 acres. It serves as a link between the city's downtown and residential areas.
"We're a community thats 253 years old. We have a lot of older historic homes," explains Kinston City Manager Tony Sears. "Finding a way to utilize them, give developers a reason to come back and to keep those old homes, to keep that feel of Kinston is what we're trying to do here."
City officials say the area is mostly rental properties. Within five years, they hope the plan will allow for mostly owner-occupied housing.