City of Henderson, NC

Downtown Development

The Henderson-Vance Downtown Development Commission was established to spur economic development in the Historic Downtown. Realizing the need to preserve and restore its wonderful history, the City of Henderson sought designation as a North Carolina Main Street City and gained that status in 1986. Composing 16 square blocks and occupying approximately 46 acres, Henderson’s Central Business Historic District is a testimony to the city’s role as the largest town and seat of Vance County since 1881. This district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The district contains 128 structures, 97 of which are contributing structures. Architectural detailing gives the district a remarkable turn-of-the-century appearance.

Significant new projects, such as the 12 apartments above the storefronts have been completed with 12 additional one to be competed by the end of 2011 and started and new ones in the process of development, such as the REEF Center, which will house a Medical Urgent Care Center, Day Care Center, Minority based Charter school, Boys & Girls Club, Food Court and retail shops.

Special Events are carried out through the year by the HVDDC.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the HVDDC is funded by annual contributions from our local City and County governments as well as raised funds. The part-time director and office space are entirely funded by the City of Henderson.

For more information, please visit: or contact the Main Street Manager, at (252) 820-9785