Cary moves to boost downtown

Academy Street in downtown Cary.

CARY, N.C. (WNCN) — Downtown Cary is working to position itself as a family destination with several revitalization projects.

Town workers are putting the final touches on the Academy Street streetscape, upgrading underground utilities and adding new benches.

Cary is also working on a $5 million downtown park.

“You can start to see, but the cool part is that you can start to feel it,” said Ted Boyd, the town’s downtown development manager. “Especially in the evenings people are walking and strolling around downtown sitting outside grabbing a bite to eat.”

Kimberly McKoy, the owner of Prestige Dayspa and Studio, started her business in Cary six months ago because of the growth she sees here.

“You know it’s going to be great,” she said. “Because seeing all of the different projects it’s going to continue to bring exposure to the Cary area and put us on the map. People are going to realize that downtown is one of the biggest thriving areas and that they want to come and be a part of it.”

Paul Ashworth, owner of Ashworth’s Drugs, which will be celebrating 60 years in town in March believes the town is heading in the right direction.

“Obviously we are never going to be Raleigh or Durham, but we are certainly headed in a direction like that where both of those communities have had significant revitalization efforts downtown that have really exploded in those towns,” he said. “I think Cary is heading in that same direction. Just a little bit of smaller scale.”

There are also events designed to bring people into downtown Cary. Cary Theatre will hold Zombiepalooza, a free outdoor film competition featuring 13 local zombie films. Fans can dress up as zombies for a chance to win prizes.

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