Groups submit application for CDBG funding

On March 30, 2011, Waynesboro formally submitted a grant application for $770,000 in CDBG construction funding to implement its Downtown Revitalization Project.

The Project Description is as follows:

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. Complimentary 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. Read more