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 In the News, May 8, 2017 

Here’s what Morrisville’s new downtown could look like. The town has its first glimpse at what its long-awaited downtown district could look like. The 4-acre first phase of the Morrisville Town Center is expected to be complete by the end of 2019, when a new Wake County library is set to open at the site on Town Center Drive. Designs call for four-story buildings with a mix of shops, restaurants and apartments, lawns and courtyards, and a 350-space parking deck.

New park officially opens in Castalia. The town of Castalia on Wednesday officially christened its Community Park. The official grand opening came roughly a decade after efforts to make the 15-acre park a reality started. Dozens of people attended Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting and ceremony, including local residents, town council members, county commissioners and state officials.

Golden Leaf grants $722,500 for Mount Airy. Mount Airy’s efforts to redevelop the former Spencer’s industrial property have received a major boost with the awarding of a $722,500 grant for the project by the Golden Leaf Foundation. “It is great news for the city,” Mount Airy Community Development Director Martin Collins said Tuesday regarding the funding targeted for infrastructure needs at the Spencer’s site, to aid new uses there, including a hotel/banquet center and upscale apartments. “It will be a huge help,” Mayor David Rowe said Tuesday of the money from the Golden Leaf Foundation.

Tourism agency drawing plans for new logo for Elizabeth City. A future logo featuring key scenes in Elizabeth City, but in a throwback style, will be used to help attract more visitors to the Harbor of Hospitality. The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Tourism Development Authority, at the board's monthly meeting late last week, gave the go-ahead to Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Director Christina Rehklau to a begin finalizing the new symbol. The design will resemble a cityscape and will include playing up the CVB, now being located in the Museum of the Albemarle.