This past September, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) worked with the City of Radford, as part of the Virginia Main St. program, to hold a series of public input sessions and to develop support around the need for revitalization of the commercial district. These input sessions helped determine what local stakeholders identify as assets, challenges, and opportunities in Radford, along with available resources and individual interest in participating in community revitalization. As a result of these sessions, the following four priorities were identified.
- Improve the condition and the appearance of Main Street to showcase the City’s historic character and small town charm. This would include enforcement measures and the adoption of the Virginia Maintenance Code to address absentee landlords, empty storefronts, lack of property maintenance, lack of appropriate investment in properties to make them marketable, and general cleanliness issues.
- Prioritize infrastructure improvements along the New River, Bisset Park, and Wildwood Park to improve to enhance opportunities for outdoor recreation.
- Increase opportunities to collaborate and expand relationships with Radford University to support the revitalization of the City’s Main Street Corridor.
- Provide small business development classes and offer one on one consultant services to both existing and prospective local entrepreneurs.
Next steps include the development of a steering committee and project groups to guide local efforts at addressing these four priorities. For more information contact Blair Hoke, City of Radford, firstname.lastname@example.org. To download the report, Radford Community Engagement Report, click here.