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Conceptual drawing of Community Center

Community Center

The New Town section of Elizabethtown will benefit from two grants recently awarded to the Town of Elizabethtown with the development of a new community center and improvements to streetscape along part of Martin Luther King (MLK) Drive. 

The Town of Elizabethtown, in conjunction with engineering consultant Paul Mattox, Libby Smith and E.L. Robinson Engineering, applied for and was awarded $2,575,000 to design and construct an 11,000 sq ft Community Center on Martin Luther King Drive 

The facility is designed to meet the needs of the residents with a new playground, indoor event space, multipurpose full-size playing surface with bleachers, locker rooms, commercial kitchen, meeting offices and substantial parking.   

The Town had previously been awarded a Community Development Block Grant – Neighborhood Revitalization grant that will improve sidewalks and add decorative lighting to make the area safer and pedestrian friendly. 

COMMUNITY-CENTER-ON-MLK-DRIVE - downloadable update

  • NOV. 2022 - Town of Elizabethtown awarded a $2,575,000 Community Development Block Grant – Neighborhood Revitalization grant for design and construction from NC Dept. of Commerce, Rural Development Division  
  • APRIL 2023 – Groundbreaking and community announcement. 
  • JAN. 2024 – Required environmental clearances and permits obtained.  Town staff is cleared to move to construction. 
  • FEB. 22, 2024 – The Advisory Board holds first meeting to discuss:
    • Vision, Mission, and Purpose of the Community Center
    • Possible uses of the building 
    • Methods of raising revenue to keep the lights on and bills paid, such as: user fees, programming charges and rental costs.


  • The community will have the opportunity to provide input and feedback in Spring 2024. 
  •  Construction expected to begin in early Summer 2024. 
  • The Advisory Board and Town will create a budget for annual operations by creating programming and user fees to cover the cost of maintenance and operations.