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Stanardsville Tries Again for Community Development Block Grant

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The town of Stanardsville is hoping grant money is the answer it's been waiting for to spruce up the downtown area.      

The potential $300,000 in funding could bring more foot traffic to the town, but project managers say it will be a tough fight.    

The town is in the process of applying for the Community Development Block Grant. It's highly competitive because a number of small towns are in the race.    

Despite the struggle to get assistance in the past, Stanardsville is optimistic about its chances.

"We want it to be a destination, so that some of the folks that are going through the bypass will choose to come downtown," said Alan Pyles, co-owner of The Lafayette Inn. 

Pyles says support to improve downtown Stanardsville is long overdue. 

"We've got more and more restaurants that have come about. We've got a great hardware store that [gives] personal attention, a drug where they know you by name, so that small-town charm that sometimes people forget," said Pyles. 

The town's revitalization efforts could be what are necessary to give people something to remember.

Stanardsville is applying for a $300,000 grant through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. 

Of that money, $100,000 would go toward improving the appearance of commercial buildings downtown. 

"This grant application will provide additional funding that will complement that effort to give the town a facelift to improve its appearance and thus help attract new business visitors and tourists, make it a better place for everyone," said Roy Dye, executive director of Stanardsville Area Revitalization (STAR).

Property owners have already started making improvements on their own.

"We are already in that process now of a pretty extensive paint job and when you got an old building built in 1840, everybody's paint job is a big deal, but it makes it more extensive slash expensive, so the grants really will help us with that," said Dye.  

Stanardsville applied for an $800,000 grant in 2008, but was rejected. Although still competitive, the town is optimistic about its chances for a less involved project.   

The other part of the grant money would help update apartments and establish a loan fund to help new businesses.

The grant is due next week, and a decision should be made sometime this summer.

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