Strasburg to hold meeting on public space use

Daily staff report

Strasburg residents, business and property owners can again help shape the town’s future at a public event this week.

This time, town officials and representatives with Community Planning Partners will hold interactive, public design charettes with their work on revitalizing downtown Strasburg. Sessions will be held at noon and again at 7 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall, 174 E. King St. The charette will focus on how the town should use open space, including land located behind the former Brill grocery building.

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development awarded Strasburg money as part of a planning grant to support the improvement of downtown activities by enhancing the economic and physical condition in the business district. Strasburg is using the funds to work with Community Planning Partners to revitalize the downtown.

At the design charettes, attendees divide into groups and will be asked to draw or describe their vision for the use of the public space. Town officials note that public participation in the charette will play an instrumental role in shaping downtown’s future. The project may help or influence opportunities for current or future business development downtown.

Community Planning Partners and Strasburg conducted a survey from June through late July to measure the use of the town’s businesses and amenities, shopping patterns and desired use of the potential public space. The results have been posted on the town’s website.

The planning group led a public input session July 29 to reveal the survey results and to gather insight from the audience about the numbers.

The economic revitalization plan will include a market study, a marketing and business recruitment strategy and capital improvement priorities for downtown. The plan will include four design renderings illustrating public space use and façade improvements. A draft of the plan will be presented to the public for comments in early November. The town will make all documents available on its website at www.strasburgva.com.

Contact Kimberly Murray, economic development and planning manager at 465-9197 or at kmurray@strasburgva.com, or visit us at www.strasburgva.com for more information.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com