CDBG Program Milestones

CDBG Contact Information

Program Area

Project Documents

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Revitalization Plan

Physical Analysis
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Branding Recommendations

CDBG Planning

The City of Waynesboro was awarded $770,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for its Downtown Revitalization Project on June 28th, 2011. The Virginia CDBG program is administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The grant was one of only 12 successful applications from among the 30 which competed for nearly $9 million in funding. Out of this group, Waynesboro was the only grant awardee to receive an award for a downtown revitalization project.

The City of Waynesboro, Waynesboro Downtown Development, Inc. and the Waynesboro Housing & Redevelopment Authority worked together to develop the CDBG application. The application process required the City to create a Downtown Revitalization Plan. Components of this plan included a community visioning and engagement process, a downtown market analysis, a marketing/branding assessment, an economic restructuring component, and a coordinated physical improvement plan . The Revitalization Plan’s goals are best summarized in the followings application statement:

“The City of Waynesboro in partnership with its Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RHA) and WDDI, the city’s Main Street organization, will undertake comprehensive economic restructuring in the city’s downtown business district. The effort will build on revitalization initiatives to date and include major facade renovations, streetscape work on the district’s principal streets, and repurposing of a large riverfront park adjacent to downtown. Complementary marketing activities will support downtown’s emerging role as a cultural arts district and premier outdoor recreation destination. The restructuring strategy also aligns well with private-sector brownfield redevelopment of the once-industrial South River riverfront, which has been steadily transforming in character to a more eco-friendly setting for business development, local festivals and an urban trout fishery. The proposed improvement program is also coupled with transportation enhancement (TE) projects already in the construction pipeline for downtown streetscape measures and greenway trail development. Altogether, this project will have a major beneficial impact on the downtown economy and bring increased business growth and tax revenue to the city.”

The links to the right provide more information about the CDBG application process and work products.