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Martinsville Bulletin: Train Depot key piece to Bassett plans

Martinsville Bulletin: Train Depot key piece to Bassett plans
Bulletin photo by Mickey Powell: Henry County Planning, Zoning and Inspections Director Lee Clark shows a drawing of a downtown square and green space planned near the former Bassett Train Depot.

April 25, 2016

MICKEY POWELL | Bulletin Staff Writer

The restoration of the historic former Bassett Train Depot will be a key part of efforts to revitalize the factory town’s business district, according to those involved in the efforts.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced last week that that the Appalachian Regional Commission, a federal-state agency that helps fund community and economic development efforts in localities in and near the Appalachian Mountains, will provide Henry County a $500,000 grant toward restoring the depot.

The money will be coupled with donations from Bassett Furniture Industries and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. to assist with the restoration, said county Planning, Zoning and Inspections Director Lee Clark.

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