Big changes have been happening in Pineville over the past few years thanks to new leadership, a few dedicated employees and a group of forward-thinking citizens that have banded together in the name of progress.
“I don’t know of a time of greater change — in my lifetime, or really, the history of Pineville. Main Street Pineville was able to account for over $3.18 million worth of reinvestment into downtown which is a record for us and was the highest in the region by far, really,” said Jacob Roan, MSP Director.
Recently Gamhow Holdings has made strides with residential and commercial properties at the Courthouse Square, new ownership of the staple restaurant the Flocoe, a new restaurant to open by May and retirees as well as younger residents wanting to live in the city are marks of the makeover taking place.
“It just shows how much is being spent — time and money — back into the city. People are buying into what we’re selling which is the revitalization of downtown and we’re starting to see it come to fruition,” said Roan.
There have been four applicants for liquor package stores and only two can be chosen to receive the license by the state; however, Roan said that it is a ‘done deal’ as far as the promise of this type of establishment moving into the city. There have been a total of 14 applications filed for alcohol sales on some level and Roan has received mainly positive comments.
Negotiations will soon begin with Lighthouse Ministry to relocate, which Roan believes is a necessity to continue the revamp of the downtown area.
“It’s a controversial issue, but it doesn’t serve the people here in the way that was intended when it first opened,” said Roan. “We want to do everything that we can to help them relocate, because it’s a need we don’t want to see unmet but it’s just not the right fit on the Courthouse Square.”
Changes continue inside the Bell Theater, including a 2017 show schedule to include The Ugly Duckling performed by The Barter Players as well as movies and concerts. Outdoor concerts will be filling the city with live music beginning in June.
Tickets to events at the Bell Theater can be purchased by contacting MSP through Facebook or Pineville City Hall at 606-337-2958.
Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.