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Town of Culpeper Receives Award of Excellence from VDDA

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Town of Culpeper Press Release

The Town of Culpeper received an Award of Excellence from the Virginia Downtown Development Association for their “Brick Alley and Archway” project serving the downtown. The Town was recognized in the Commercial Revitalization Plans and Streetscape category. Principal Planner Charles Rapp was the Project Manager with assistance from the Public Works and Light and Power Departments. The funding needed for the project came from the states façade and landscaping grant program, Town Capital Maintenance funds and a donation of $75,000 from the Town Parking Authority. Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. was a partner in the design and approval process.

Founded in 1982, Virginia Downtown Development Association is an independent association that focuses on the importance of Virginia's downtowns. The mission of the VDDA is to bring attention to the significance of historic downtowns to Virginia's economic vitality and to enhance the effectiveness of organizations, individuals, and communities to foster vibrant economic development.

“The project transformed what was once an uninviting deteriorated alley into the primary pedestrian gateway into Davis Street in the heart of downtown Culpeper,” according to Town Planning Director Patrick Mulhern. “Project elements consisted of a new brick sidewalk, brick steps, retaining walls, planters, landscaping and site lighting.” Local manufacturing company, Bingham & Taylor, worked with the Town to produce and donate a custom wrought iron arch containing the words “Historic Downtown Culpeper” that spans over the new brick sidewalk.

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