A 15 city block new Master Plan was developed for over 600,000 sf of retail/commercial space and added more than 400,000 sf of retail and mixed-use buildings. Factory outlets occupy more than 75% of all retail space. Both renovated and new buildings were designed in a manner responsive to the unique stylistic genre of early 20th century America.
Cannon Avenue is the downtown’s primary north-south axis and at the north end are the Cannon Mills executive offices which open on to a park with pedestrian paths and a lakeside promenade. A newly created Civic Center marks the south terminus of the axis. Fronting on the plaza is a mid-rise hotel with conference facilities, meeting rooms, and restaurants. An upper level pedestrian bridge connects the hotel to a nearby performing arts center. On the opposite side of the plaza there is: housing, professional offices, YMCA, Library, Senior Center, and a museum.