Downtown investor receives award
BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Rocky Mount real estate investor Ben Braddock has been named an N.C. Main Street Champion.
"I am honored to receive the 2018 Main Street Champion Award for Downtown Rocky Mount," Braddock said. "It’s wonderful to be a part of such a great community that believes in the future of our historic downtown.”
Braddock is sharing his recognition with Station Square, the downtown shopping center he developed. Braddock received the award at the 2019 Main Street Conference.
Braddock and his business partner, Andy McFie. purchased the property from Chambliss and Rabil Commercial Realty in April 2017. Since then, they added several new companies and office spaces to accommodate the growing number of entrepreneurs in the Twin Counties and downtown Rocky Mount.
Station Square Records, Trax Coffee Bar and Bin & Barrel Wine Bar and Bottles are just a few of the new businesses to open at Station Square in the past 16 months.
The state Commerce Department is pleased to each year recognize individuals who are making a difference in their communities through the Main Street Champion Awards, said state Commerce Secretary Anthony Copeland.
"Every city and town needs a champion — someone that will step up and invest time and money in the community, improve the quality of life and grow economic vibrancy throughout the state," Copeland said.
Champions are local elected officials and staff, community leaders, downtown business owners and employees and program volunteers, said Liz Parham, director of the state Main Street & Rural Planning Center.
“The key to the success of the local Main Street program is its people, those individuals that take extraordinary pride in their downtown revitalization initiatives and the vitality of their community and are willing to go the extra mile for success," Parham said. "Those individuals have earned the title ‘Main Street Champion’. They give 110 percent and then ask, 'what’s next?'"
Champions are recognized for their commitment to downtown improvements and strong communities.
In all, 43 champions received honors for their contributions to their Main Street programs and downtown districts in 2018. This year’s group of Main Street Champions brings the total number to 721 that have been recognized by the state Commerce Department over the past 19 years.
Anne Craig, director of operations at Station Square, also attended the annual three-day conference held this year in Salisbury. Attendees gain knowledge from networking with other downtown enthusiasts and from class offerings facilitated by a lineup of downtown professionals.
"The next time you are downtown, make sure you check out the many businesses located in Station Square," Braddock said.
He thanked and congratulated his great team on a job well done.
Station Square is located at 301 South Church Street in downtown Rocky Mount and can be contacted at 252-388-8020. Visit www.stationsquarenc.com for information about upcoming events and available office and retail spaces.