More than 100 attend strategy meeting

The first public meeting for the Downtown Blacksburg Strategy was held on Monday, Dec. 4 at the Blacksburg Community Center. Approximately 110 members of the Blacksburg community attended to hear a presentation by Development Strategies on the Downtown Strategy process. The presentation highlighted changing conditions in Blacksburg that directly impact Downtown, and offered a framework for thinking about the opportunities and challenges facing the Downtown area over the next ten years. Meeting attendees then had the opportunity to participate in a number of activities to provide input on what they would like to see happen in Downtown going forward and help develop a vision for the western (Virginia Tech side) and eastern (Progress Street) edges of downtown. Community members provided robust feedback on their visions for the Downtown of the future. The town continues to solicit public input via two online surveys – a general Downtown Strategy Survey and an Architectural Preference Survey. These surveys will be available through mid to late January and everyone is encouraged to fill them out.

The next phase of the Downtown Strategy will involve the formulation of strategic alternatives for planning for growth and development in the Downtown area as themes begin to emerge from the public input received. A second public meeting will be held in the March 2018 timeframe to present these alternatives to the community and get further feedback on them. Further information on the upcoming public meetings and information about the project can be found at http://blacksburg.gov/downtownstrategy. The town encourages everyone to provide their input by taking the online surveys and attending the public meetings.

For additional information please contact Matt Hanratty, Assistant to the Town Manager, at 540-443-1611 or mhanratty@blacksburg.gov.