Phase Two of the Stanardsville Streetscape Project Begins
GREENE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -
The Stanardsville Area Revitalization Group has the green light to begin phase two of work on the downtown streetscape project.
The first phase spanned five years and just wrapped up this past December.
This new extension of the sidewalk is expected to cost around $350,000 dollars.
80 percent of that will be covered by a federal grant, but the rest will have to be raised around town.
The center of downtown Stanardsville looks brand new after a massive overhaul over the past 5 years. It happened with community support.
Stanardsville Area Revitalization Director, Roy Dye, says the streetscape is getting rave reviews.
"We've had nothing but very enthusiastic support, people are very pleased with what we've done, and I think the community is also likewise encouraged by the fact that we're continuing the project and doing these additional phases,” said Dye.
Phase two includes funding for the study and planning of another extension of streetscape improvements on the east side of town.
"There's major safety concerns for folks walking down, right now they have to walk in the roadway, from the center of town to get to the shopping center and so forth, so it's really quite a lot of pedestrian traffic that are sharing the roadway,” said Dye.
The first step requires the town, Greene county, and businesses to raise $90,000
It also includes finding out any concerns property owners have about construction.
“The first step is really talking to the folks who will be immediately impacted because it's on their, it'll be right next to their property,” said Dye.
Dye says now that they have approval from county supervisors, he expects those talks to begin this fall.
As for the project, he expects this phase to finish in about two years.
He says Stanardsville's mayor wants to apply for a new construction grant for the town every year going forward.
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