The Rocky Mount Event Center which is under construction at 285 NE Main St is located right in the middle of a violent area in Rocky Mount.
With over 60 shootings in Rocky Mount in 2017 with 16 being fatal, most were with in blocks of the new event center.
City leaders are still optimistic, thinking, if we build it, they will come. Although most residents in the area have been very vocal stating that they will not be attending events due to the amount of violence in the area. Many residents were against the event center because the money used for the event center could have been used in other ways to make our city safe. The center has been under scrutiny since ex City Manager Charles Penney became a “consultant” and council members have pocketed money off the land in the area.
The Event Center is expected to open in October 2018
MAP KEY GREEN - EVENT CENTER RED - SHOOTINGS WITH INJURY BLUE - HOMICIDES