Myth vs. Facts About Downtown

Posted: February 14, 2017
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Five Most Common Myths about Downtown Statesville and DSDC

1) There is no parking in Downtown.
There are nine, off-street parking lots that offer free all-day parking for visitors and employees in Downtown. On-street parking is also provided at no charge for downtown visitors, with a 2-hour limit. After the streetscape was completed, the City added four new parking areas: angled spaces on N. Meeting Street, a new public lot on S. Meeting Street (next to the Plaza Apartments), on-street parking on Cooper Street, and the lot behind the Vance Hotel. All available public lots are well marked with signage. You can also view the parking map on our website.

2) There is nothing to do in Downtown.
There is SO much to do in Downtown Statesville these days, it is hard to choose what to attend. With a google search, a Facebook page, or an email signup for the e-newsletter, the public can easily find all that Downtown Statesville has going on each week. Live music every week, art classes, Chinese tea tastings, open mic nights, a variety of museum and library programs, community theater, farmers markets, and events such as Film Festival, Comic Con, Quilt show, Bridal Expo, Criterium Bike Race, 5k races, and so much more. There are also many events throughout the year organized and sponsored by DSDC, such as Wine Walk, Art Crawls (Fall & Spring), Hops & Harmony Craft Brew Fest, Haunted Statesville Tours, Holiday events. And don’t forget our two largest events, Friday After Five Summer Concert Series and Pumpkin Fest, which are co-organized with the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce.

How do you find out about all this fun stuff happening in Downtown? Check the calendar on our website, and stay tuned to our Facebook page!

3) Downtown Closes at 5pm.
To the contrary, Downtown Statesville is often just getting busy at 5 pm. While a few of our specialty shops close at 5 pm, many of the shopping boutiques stay open later, till 6 pm or 7 pm, for your shopping convenience. Many of the restaurants are open until 10 pm or later. It is after traditional work hours that you will find crafting parties at Craft Night Out, Open Mic Night at the Old Jail or Risto’s, film screenings for Full Bloom Film Festival, canvas painting at Corks & Canvas, live radio shows at WAME 92.9 Downtown studio, wine and beer tastings, live bands.  ALL this happens weekly. And AFTER 5 pm.

4) We are the Chamber.
Nope. Downtown Statesville Development Corporation (DSDC) is a separate non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that is dedicated to preserving, enhancing, and promoting Downtown Statesville. Our organization manages the revitalization of historic Downtown Statesville, while promoting downtown as the primary center for economic growth opportunities, social experiences, and cultural arts in Statesville. The Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization comprised of nearly 700 businesses and professionals. The Chamber is the unified voice for business in public affairs, while working to build a sense of “community.”  The Chamber and DSDC share many of the same goals for Statesville and often collaborate on projects and partner to produce large events such as the Piedmont HealthCare Friday After Five Summer Concerts and the Statesville Pumpkin Fest.

5) We are the City.
DSDC is not an “official” department of the City and we are not City employees. DSDC is a non-profit organization that partners with the City of Statesville to provide enhanced services in the Downtown Statesville Municipal Service District (MSD) and oversees the Main Street Program for Statesville. We are the City’s economic development partner for Downtown.  Statesville was selected as a North Carolina Main Street community in 1982. Since that time, DSDC has worked to provide services that follow and utilize the Main Street® philosophy and Four Point Approach® of Promotion, Design, Economic Vitality and Organization in our downtown revitalization efforts to enhance Statesville’s status as a North Carolina Main Street community. We are largely funded by a Downtown Municipal Service District Tax that is paid by the property owners and businesses within the overlay district and through additional contributions from the City. We work in cooperation with the City on many projects and programs in Downtown Statesville.

Any questions? We welcome questions about our organization and Downtown Statesville and will answer them to the best of our ability! Please contact us at or 704-878-3436.

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