ROCKINGHAM — Construction projects are popping up all over town — and especially along U.S. 74 Business.
In January, Fidelity Bank will move to a new site at 532 E. Broad St., formerly the Rockingham Fish Camp, after spending years at its East Washington Street location in downtown Rockingham.
Senior Vice President Wiley Mabe said in May that the bank has outgrown the downtown location. Davie Construction of Clemmons is currently on-site building the new bank.
FastMed, an urgent-care clinic, will soon be a part of a small retail center in front of Lowe’s Home Improvement on Broad Street. Developers have not yet announced a completion date.
Zaxby’s Restaurant, a much-anticipated eatery coming to Rockingham on U.S. 74 Business in front of the Aldi supermarket, is due to open on Sept. 22. Crews with Dimension Construction have worked tirelessly over the last two months to have the new restaurant ready to open by the tentative date. The restaurant will be able to seat 90 people.
Another of Aldi’s new neighbors will be Fountain Pointe Apartments on Clemmer Road. The 39-unit complex is set to be finished and apartments ready to lease by April 2015. Blue 22 Development and Connelly Development N.C. have been working in a joint effort on the project.
Griffin Toyota Scion, also on U.S. 74 Business between Rockingham and Hamlet, is in the process of expanding and remodeling its showroom, restrooms and service department. Hawks Construction of Rockingham is in charge of building, and the project is set to be complete by mid-December.
A new housing development known as Savannah Place is taking shape on Brooklyn Lane off of Roberdel Road in Rockingham. Whitley Construction Company is building the homes, and the development includes two phases, the second of which will take place on adjacent Lawson Lane.
Another project due to be finished by the first of next year is the Villager Deli and Discovery Place Kids assembly area across the street from the nonprofit children’s museum. Oakboro-based Carpenter Construction is in charge of construction on the former Steele building.
Rockingham City Manager Monty Crump called it a “demonstration project” that will “serve as an example to hopefully induce further similar redevelopment in downtown Rockingham.”
The fourth Family Dollar store in Richmond County will soon be finished on the corner of Airport Road and Entwistle Street in the East Rockingham community. Family Dollar spokesperson Bryn Winburn said the new store is set to open at the end of the year and will hire eight to 10 people.
“The city is pleased development interests in our community have increased over the last year or so,” City Planner John Massey about the projects taking place in Rockingham. “The new construction projects provide a positive impact on the local economy with jobs and tax base. We’re hopeful this trend will continue.”
Reach reporter Matt Harrelson at 910-817-2675.