Downtown Revitalization Grant Award of $1 Million

Downtown Revitalization Grant Award of $1 Million

Stanardsville was awarded a $1 million Downtown Revitalization grant on September 2, 2016 by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).   The funds will be used for façade improvements on several commercial buildings on Main Street; housing rehab projects on Ford Avenue; blight removal; and construction of a Performance Pavilion / Town Market structure near the County Administration building on the west side of town.

Stanardsville submitted a grant request in March totaling $996,790 under the highly competitive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.  Only 10 other localities in Virginia were awarded CDBG funds this year, and most of those were counties.

The town was awarded a $35,000 Planning Grant from DHCD last October to prepare this Downtown Revitalization grant application with the assistance of a community planning specialist, Craig Wilson of Community Planning Partners in Richmond.

A Management Team of key stakeholders, including Mayor Gary Lowe, Supervisor Bill Martin, County Administrator John Barkley, Economic Development Director Alan Yost, *STAR* President Don Pamenter, as well as business owners, property owners, students, and town residents, met seven times   earlier this year to develop proposals for revitalizing the downtown area.  Several meetings and public hearings were also held to consider input from members of the community.  Presentations on the proposed project activities were made before the County Board of Supervisors and the Stanardsville Town Council, both of whom agreed to Resolutions in support of the grant proposal.

The grant proposal also included a detailed  Economic Restructuring Plan for Stanardsville.  Here is the article about the grant award in the September 8, 2016 issue of the Greene County Record Town awarded million dollar grant

Further reading:

Stanardsville: Vision for its Future– A recent vision document endorsed by individuals representing the Town, the County, and *STAR.*

Comprehensive Plan – Stanardsville’s 2011 Comprehensive Plan intended to guide future development and physical growth within the town for the next ten to twenty years.

Vision & Market Position – A document prepared by *STAR* that gives a view of what Stanardsville might look like by 2025.