Historic Downtown Sanford

Posted by City of Sanford, NC


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District Description

Historic Downtown Sanford, located in the heart of Lee County at the Southern base of the Research Triangle Region, blends the best of small-town life with high-tech industry to produce a Well Centered place to live, work and play. Antiques and furniture; artists and craftsmen; a regional theatre and children’s performing arts; automotive parts and services; financial and professional services and local restaurants and retailers draw customers from across the region.

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Community Support

Downtown Sanford, Inc. (DSI) is a 501c(3) non-profit dedicated to the economic health and quality of life in Downtown Sanford.

Political Support

recent investment of over $6.2 million in local public funding (City of Sanford) to install streetscape improvements

Zoned for Preferred Outcomes

zoning standards are designed to promote pedestrian scale store fronts with mixed occupancy

Tax Credit

Several buildings in district eligible for historic tax credits

Other Incentives

Up to $5k available to property owners for facade improvements


Downtown Sanford participates in a municipal service district with an additional dedicated $0.07 tax rate for properties within the district. This additional costs supports DSI and the related facade grant program.


Streetscape project includes "undergrounding" of all utiities and replacing with street trees, decorative lighting and other amenities.


Streetscape improvements funded by local City tax $ provde for upgraded intersections and more walkable downtown.


Public commitment is also reflected in the City's acquisition and investment in the Depot Park, a key public green space within the heart of downtown

Private Investment

Substantial reinvestment is ongoing within the District and is reflected by major renovation projects such as the former City Hall, the "Coca-Cola" building and the "Buggy Factory" building.

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Created on February 3rd, 2016 (last updated 11 months ago)