The Douglas Block

Welcome to the Douglas Block!

The Douglas Block is a public-private redevelopment project that will result in a thriving commercial center in Downtown Rocky Mount. Phase One of the Douglas Block calls for the renovation of six historically significant buildings, all of which comprised the African American business district of the downtown area in the early to mid-1900’s. The $8 million effort to redevelop this site has been financed by a combination of historic tax credits, new market tax credits, a Section 108 HUD Loan, and public investment. This special financing structure allows for unique and remarkable opportunities for locating your business at the Douglas Block.

The six buildings currently under renovation are the Douglas Building, the Manhattan Building, the Booker T. Theatre, the Burnette Building, the Stokes Building, and the Thorpe Building, all of which are on schedule to be completed by December 2010 with spaces available for occupancy in early 2011. The City of Rocky Mount, the Rocky Mount-Edgecombe Community Development Corporation, and the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce all have staff dedicated to presenting these properties to prospective tenants. Contact us today about the many opportunities that are available.

Phase II of the Douglas Block Redevelopment Project includes a three story infill building just east of the Douglas building. This addition has been approved by the National Parks Service, as required for this historic area. The infill building will offer additional commercial space on the first floor and as many as 16 residential apartments on the second and third floors. Phase II includes another infill site adjacent to the Booker T. Theatre. This property will yield five apartments, bringing the total number of possible apartment spaces at the Douglas Block to 29 units. Phase II may also include the development of out-parcel development at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Thomas Street.

Exciting things are happening at the Douglas Block in Downtown Rocky Mount, and we invite you to join us in this historic project. Call us today!

Brick by Brick - The Latest from the Douglas Block


To secure your office, residential, or retail space call 252-343-2940.

Then and Now

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Paul Joyner
Rocky Mount-Edgecombe CDC

Merland Wright
Rocky Mount-Edgecombe CDC

Alan Matthews
Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce
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