7th Avenue Streetscape

Milestone timeline:

Kickoff Public Meeting
Completed: Nov 8, 2018
November 2018
Received Green Stormwater Improvement Grant (NC Dept. of Environmental Quality) 319 Grant
Completed: Dec 5, 2019
December 2019
Streetscape Design
Completed: Jan 31, 2022
Open House Public Input Meeting
Completed: Feb 13, 2020
February 2020
Underground Utility Design
Completed: Dec 31, 2021
1st Solicitation of Bids
Completed: Aug 1, 2021
August 2021
2nd Solicitation of Bids
Completed: Dec 31, 2021
October 2021
CMAR Solicitation & Selection
Completed: Oct 31, 2022
Opening of Bids
Completed: Dec 7, 2023
November/December 2023
Contract Awarded to Harper General Contractors
Completed: Dec 14, 2023
December 2023
Informational Meeting
Completed: Jan 18, 2024
January 18, 2024
Construction Start/Street Closure
Completed: Jan 29, 2024
Week of January 29, 2024

The Seventh Avenue Streetscape Project is an investment in pedestrian, water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure, lighting and landscaping in the business district. It aims to improve walkability, improve connections to the Main Street Municipal Service District, and highlight the character of the historic district. Slated to begin construction in early 2024, the project area includes part of the intersection at 7th Avenue and Grove Street, 7th Avenue from the intersection to Maple Street, as well as a portion of Locust Street. 

City Council authorized a contract with Harper General Contractors to lead the project in December 2023.  


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7th avenue streetscape detour  map 

Brendan Shanahan

City Engineer


(828) 233-3237


Streetscape Design
7th Avenue Streetscape Final Designs
Streetscape Design
7th Avenue Streetscape Meeting Flyer
Streetscape Design
City Council Presentation - December 7, 2023
Streetscape Design
Presentation of design concept for 7th Avenue Streetscape
Project Updates: 
2 Week Look Ahead (April 4)
Thursday, April 4, 2024

The 7th Avenue Streetscape project is moving along. Over the next two weeks, we anticipate remaining water and sewer line construction to be completed with tie-ins shortly to follow.

The contractor is continuing to work on concrete installation on the north side of the street. The south side sidewalk installation will begin after private utilities relocation has occurred. 

We are expecting a lane closure of MLK Boulevard and 7th Avenue in mid-April as part of the infrastructure improvements on the intersection of 7th and Grove.   Harper General Contractors in the process of finalizing the details, detour information, and are in the process of meeting with businesses on the west end of the street that are directly impacted. We will share the details when they are available.

We will be providing updates with a roughly two-week look ahead regularly going forward and will share any known delays in this update. This will go to our email list that includes businesses in the district as well as updated on the 7th Avenue Project Page. If there are more immediate construction updates that directly affect your business, Harrison Sloop, construction manager with Harper, will be in contact with you.

Note that with all construction, there are delays that can occur from a number of factors, and one of those can be the timing of private/overhead utilities that are beyond our control. 

Updated Detour Map
Friday, February 2, 2024

Check out the updated detour map that includes additional info on parking and sidewalk access! We are working with Harper General Contractor to provide additional detour signage surrounding the project site.

street closure and detour map

7th Avenue Business News
Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Update - January 31

Check out the Downtown Newsletter to read updates from businesses and events during construction. Please check with each business for additional updates!


Business shopping map

Full Street Closure Information

Update - January 25

7th Avenue Full Street Closure Starts February 1, 2024 

Starting Thursday, February 1, 2024, there will be a full street closure of 7th Avenue from Grove to Maple. This street closure marks the beginning of the long-anticipated 7th Avenue Streetscape project, which will involve new sidewalks, lighting and landscaping, as well as water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure improvements to the district. 

The street will be closed to vehicular traffic starting February 1 until May to expedite construction impacts. Sidewalk work, landscaping, and final paving will take place over the summer and fall with periodic closures as needed. 

Parking is available on Maple, Locust, and behind many of the individual businesses, with sidewalk access remaining open to businesses.

Street Closure Sign

Info Meeting

Update - January 19

We had a great drop-in informational meeting on January 18th at the Historic Train Depot. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to learn about the project! 

Stations showed the site plan, street detour as well as maps of future improvements in the district. Attendees were able to meet City Staff and representatives from Harper General Contractors to ask questions about the project.

community meeting photos

Construction Starting Week of January 29

Update - January 12

The 7th Avenue Streetscape is about to break ground! This is Phase 1 of an enhanced pedestrian experience in the district, with needed utility updates and stormwater infrastructure along 7th Avenue. This project will be taking place from Grove to Maple Street starting the last week of January, with a full street closure expected to start February 1. 

In the next few weeks, you'll start seeing construction fencing and detours on 7th Avenue, from Grove Street to Maple. While your favorite spots on 7th Avenue remain accessible, anticipate some adjustments during this phase – a little more walking may be required.  

To shorten the time of total construction and allow access by summer, vehicular access will be CLOSED on 7th Avenue from Grove Street to Maple Street until May. Parking is available on Maple, Locust, and at many of the individual businesses, with sidewalk access being available to all of the businesses during this time. 

An informational, drop-in meeting for the Streetscape will be taking place at the Historic Depot at 650 Maple Street on Thursday, January 18 from 4-6pm. Meet representatives from Harper General Contractors and City Staff to learn more about the project and future infrastructure improvements on 7th Avenue.

 7th Avenue Street Closure

General Project Timeline

Update - January 5

The City of Hendersonville is close to breaking ground on the 7th Avenue Streetscape Project. Construction mobilization including fencing is expected to begin the week of January 29. Street closures are expected to start at this time or shortly thereafter. 

  • Late January – Late April: Underground work will be taking place along 7th Avenue from Grove to Maple from late January to May. Vehicular access will not be available from 7th Avenue. A detour route will be published in the coming weeks. 
  • May: Underground work is expected to be completed to allow for vehicular access. There are many extraneous factors that can cause delays (weather, etc.) There may continue to be work from Locust to Maple, and at the intersection of Maple and 7th, however this is likely to have some periods of openings and closures rather than 24/7. 
  • May – October: Sidewalk work will be finalized as well as landscaping work and final paving. Work will still be occurring; however, the street will be opened back up to traffic. There may be some periodic street closures necessary during this time.