A Public Hearing on the CDBG application for the Smith River Small Towns Collaborative will be help 3/24

March 20, 2015

 A public hearing will be held Tuesday on the application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for a Smith River Small Towns Collaborative project. 

The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. or soon thereafter in the Summerlin Meeting Room of the Henry County Administration Building. on Kings Mountain Road, according to a public notice in the March 17 Martinsville Bulletin.

The public's input is being sought on the proposal for a $700,000 grant which will be submitted to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

The proposal will include business district improvements in Bassett and Fieldale, such as facade and streetscape improvements and the creation of town squares.

The Harvest Foundation created the collaborative in 2013 to bring community leaders “to develop a shared vision for placemaking and destination tourism for Bassett, Stanleytown, Fieldale and Koehler,” Nancy Cox, senior program officer for Harvest, said in a news release, according to a Jan. 21 article in the Bulletin.

The master plan calls for a connection of trails along the Smith River; town squares in Bassett and Fieldale; special event spaces in Bassett and Fieldale; distinctive street lighting, signs and landscaping; and building improvements (public and private).

In all, there are four phases of the project.

The CDBG grant would be used to pay for part of the Phase I projects and to leverage other funds, officials said, according to the Bulletin article.

The preliminary cost estimates for the entire $12.9 million revitalization improvements are: $7.6 million for Bassett, $4.9 million for Fieldale, $300,000 for Stanleytown and $15,000 for Koehler, the Bulletin reported.

A fact sheet on the proposed project and the draft proposal is available at the Henry County Planning Department. For more information, contact Mary Ann Mason, Grant Administrator, P.O. Box 7, Collinsville, Va. 24078,  or call 634-4620 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Comments also can be submitted in writing to the County of Henry by 5 p.m. March 20.


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