The HUB Officially Opens To The Public (PHOTO GALLERY)

The HUB Officially Opens To The Public (PHOTO GALLERY)

There’s a new public space to gather and celebrate in Downtown Goldsboro.

Tuesday morning, the ribbon was officially cut on The HUB, the new green space and performing arts stage at the corner of Center and Chestnut streets.

The HUB also includes restrooms and a fire pit for guests.

While The HUB was actually completed in 2020, the city waited until this year for the official unveiling due to the pandemic.

Goldsboro District 3 city council representative Taj Polack says he is confident The HUB will cultivate a culture of unity in the city.

City Manager Tim Salmon shared the good news since Goldsboro received the TIGER Grants for the Center Street redevelopment.

Since the first TIGER Grant in 2013, there are 58 new businesses in Downtown Goldsboro, 372 net jobs, and 163 building renovations.

Downtown Development Director Erin Fonseca says the projects completed with the TIGER Grant are the culmination of nearly 15 years of effort that started in 2007 with the Downtown Master Plan.

While The HUB and the Center Street Streetscape Project are just two pieces of the revitalization, Fonseca says they have the most potential for “transformational results.”

The HUB hosts its first Center Street Jam this Thursday starting at 6 PM.