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DKI 2015 Goals: More events, more focus on businesses downtown

In 2015, members and leaders of Downtown Kannapolis, Inc. say they hope to be very busy.

Eric Dearmon, who chairs the DKI board, kicked off the first meeting of the new year Thursday by telling members and guests to be ready for an exciting year, as businesspeople gathered to network and talk about coming activities.

DKI is comprised of business owners and representatives, community leaders and concerned citizens focused on bringing renewed attention and business to downtown.

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Topping Out Ceremony for Kannapolis City Hall

The last of the steel beams is up at the site of the new Kannapolis city hall and police headquarters.

At a Thursday celebration, Kannapolis elected officials and city staff joined police officers and construction workers for a “topping off” ceremony and the unveiling of an art project created by Kannapolis City and Cabarrus County school children.

Workers attached an evergreen tree to the last steel beam then lifted the beam to the top of the 54,000 pound cupola, which was installed on Tuesday.

This “topping off” custom is an ancient tradition, explained Pat Rodgers, president and CEO of Rodger’s Builders.

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NC Music Hall of Fame Gets New Home

Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty have new neighbors at the Curb Museum now that John Coltrane, Doc Watson, Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone and a host of other North Carolina music legends have moved in.

The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame relocated this week to the Curb Museum for Music and Motorsports. A grand opening was set for Friday night to celebrate the Hall of Fame’s new, larger and more accessible home.

The Curb Museum has been a draw for NASCAR fans for years, with fans often visiting during the May and October races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Hall of Fame’s former Kannapolis home was at 109 West A Street, Kannapolis, but that site closed on Oct. 25 to move to its new and larger location.

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Kannapolis Christmas listed among state’s best

Original Post: http://www.independenttribune.com/news/kannapolis-christmas-listed-among-state-s-best/article_de3bc792-75b2-11e4-b80f-f31e3612fe3a.html “Our State” magazine has listed A Kannapolis Christmas as one of 25 “Quintessential Tar Heel Christmas Experiences.” “Toy trains and mini Christmas villages bring out our whimsical inner child,” the magazine states. “In Kannapolis, during a full month of events (all part of “A Kannapolis Christmas”) young and old train enthusiasts are […]

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Kannapolis now a ‘quiet zone’ for trains

Train conductors rolling through Kannapolis will soon be told to lay off of their horns.

Kannapolis City Council approved making Kannapolis a “quiet zone” in which trains can blow horns only in cases of emergencies.

The council, at its meeting Monday, agreed to pay an annual maintenance fee of $15,200 for the upkeep of signal boxes that can tell a train conductor that there is power to a crossing area. If the signal box indicates there is power and the crossing is working regularly then conductors will not need to honk their horn.

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Kannapolis Arts & DKI to Join Forces

The board of directors of Downtown Kannapolis, Inc. (DKI) has voted to form a new partnership with Kannapolis Arts. Michael Knox, founder of Kannapolis Arts, said the partnership will allow Kannapolis Arts to grow thanks to Downtown Kannapolis Inc.’s official organization and involvement in the community. The new partnership can now lead to sponsorship activities […]

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DKI Supports City’s Decision to Pursue Downtown Properties

The board of directors of Downtown Kannapolis, Inc. (DKI) on Monday night, August 4th voted to support the decision of City officials to explore the purchase of some of the properties in downtown Kannapolis from current owner Castle & Cooke. As previously announced, the City asked Castle & Cooke’s owner Mr. David Murdock if he […]

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Kannapolis to Explore Downtown Economic Development Opportunities

As the economy rebounds from the recession the City of Kannapolis has been evaluating how to best poise the City for job creation while maintaining the quality of life residents enjoy here.

The City is completing in-depth studies on parks and recreation amenities, economic development possibilities, and planning long-term for transportation and utility infrastructure.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Moves Select Programs to Downtown Kannapolis

Beginning next summer, beauty finds a new home. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will relocate their cosmetology program to downtown Kannapolis.

The College’s cosmetology program is one of the largest and most successful in the state, and with the current facility’s lease expiring soon, the College began looking for a larger space.

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Construction set to begin on Kannapolis municipal center

Large-scale construction on the new Kannapolis municipal center and police headquarters will begin soon after the city council set a maximum price for construction and prepared to issue bonds to pay for the project at their Monday meeting.

The $32.9 million project has been in the works since February 2013, when billionaire North Carolina Research Campus developer David H. Murdock announced he would donate 6.6 acres to the City of Kannapolis.

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