Downtown Revitalization Project
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development in 2017 awarded the Town a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) totaling nearly $1 million for Downtown Revitalization projects.
The grant funds are being used for:
* Construction of a Farmers Market Pavilion & Performance Stage behind the County Administration building, known as Greene Commons. Here are pictures of the pavilion construction:
* Facade improvements to historic buildings on Main Street. For example, the two buildings at corner of Main St. and Celt Rd and across the street:
* Upgrades to several apartments for low- to moderate-income families on Ford Avenue.
* Restoration of the William Mills House on the hill behind the library. These before and after pictures show the dramatic improvements made to the historic house:
*STAR* is the official Project Manager to implement the Downtown Revitalization grant. Construction of the Pavilion is expected to be completed by July, followed by the Performance Stage. Facade improvements to historic buildings are completed and upgrades to several apartments are expected this fall. The grant will expire in December, 2019.
Streetscape Enhancement Project
Phase II of the Stanardsville Streetscape Enhancement project is funded in part by two grants awarded by VDOT in 2014 and 2017 under the MAP-21 Transportation Alternatives Program. The two grants total almost $754,000. The project has been delayed for several reasons due primarily to issues raised by VDOT, but construction is now expected to begin in early 2020.
Specifically, Phase II extends the new sidewalk network in town by constructing a five-foot wide sidewalk west from Celt Road to connect with the existing sidewalk at Pioneer Bank, and east from Rectory Lane to the Greene Pharmacy entrance. Both sidewalks will be on the north side of Main Street. The project will also extend the line of colonial-style street lights through the town. The total project cost is approximately $942,229, including the required local match of $188,500. The local match has been fulfilled thanks to generous contributions from the County EDA, the Town of Stanardsville, local businesses, foundations and individuals, and significant matching grant awards from the Perry Foundation.
Phase I of the Streetscape Enhancement Project was completed in 2013. That VDOT-funded grant project has made the town more attractive and safer for pedestrians by providing five-foot wide sidewalks with a brick band; red brick-patterned crosswalks; colonial-style street lights; benches, bike rack, and trash receptacles; stone-facade retaining walls; landscaped bump-outs; trees and other landscaping.
“Restoring its Vitality . . . Retaining its Charm . . . Helping its People”
*STAR*’s leadership is involved in a number of other activities with the goal of making the Stanardsville area a better place to live, work and raise a family. In particular, its president, Don Pamenter, is actively engaged in efforts to promote business development and tourism in Greene County as a board member and officer of the Economic Development Authority. Executive Director Roy Dye serves as a member of the county’s Tourism Council and is a board member of the Blue Ridge Heritage Project and other local community organizations. Similarly, Stanardsville Mayor Gary Lowe is a valued member of the* STAR* Board of Directors and works closely with its leadership to achieve our common goals.