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Community meeting to discuss future of Staunton’s West End on Sept. 3

stauntonIn an effort to begin developing a strategy for revitalization of Staunton’s West End, a community meeting will be held to gather input from residents, businesses and community partners.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3, beginning at 6 p.m., in the Gypsy Hill Park Gym.

This will be a collaborative effort between the West End Community and the City of Staunton to identify a shared vision for the neighborhood’s future and then develop a plan to achieve it.

The momentum and the need for a neighborhood plan in West End is built on a number factors — recent designation of the area as an Opportunity Zone, recent completion of a FEMA Flood Study, existing aging housing and infrastructure, and the city’s potential to apply for an EPA Brownfields grant in late 2020, which all amount to an enormous opportunity to plan for West End’s future.

The planning effort is being undertaken by the city to identify assets, needs, opportunities and obstacles, all with an intent to develop recommendations to improve livability in one of Staunton’s key neighborhoods. The end result of this planning process will be a strategic revitalization plan, which will be developed over the coming months with direct community input.

The final plan will include a roadmap and actionable steps toward improvements to enhance economic development opportunities and quality of life in West End.

City staff and our consultants will be available for questions and open discussion.

The city asks that those interested in attending the meeting notify city staff by phone or email by Sept. 1 if you plan to attend.

Appropriate arrangements will be made for social distancing.

To confirm attendance and for questions or more information, contact:

Billy Vaughn, Director of Community and Economic Development
Office: 540.332.3869

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