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Old October 14th, 2014, 10:11 PM   #21
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I spent a week in Danville this summer too. It has a great downtown (in theory) and some nice old neighborhoods but I think it's time to airlift the folks out of there and let nature reclaim it.

It seems truly beyond hope. I just saw a sea of white haired people checking their mailboxes for letters from children that left 25 years ago.

It is nothing like Roanoke or Lynchburg which are pretty, hip and still have young (and growing) families. I hate to write negative things about anywhere in VA (except for NoVa) and it is obvious that the city once had a lot of charm but I honestly think it's time to stop sending state and federal funds down there . Pay the people to move to greener pasture.
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Old October 14th, 2014, 10:58 PM   #22
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Danville does have a nice built environment in downtown and there is a lot of potential there, but for now it is definitely a lagging/struggling region with high unemployment that keeps going higher. There have been some strides in redeveloping downtown such as the renovation of the Dan River Mills building into a mixed-use space that will create 200+ jobs, the extension of the Riverwalk, the ongoing revitalization of the riverfront area, and the creation of around 150 - 300 new lofts since 2010. But all of these developments pale to the ongoing decline of the region. Downtown Danville is likely the only Census defined area to of grown at all in the city since 2010. I think that until the proposed Berry Hill Road mega park development gets going there (if it ever does) Danville will continue to be a declining region with what few young professionals that are left moving into downtown lofts.

http://discoverdanville.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=416
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Old October 15th, 2014, 06:21 AM   #23
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I spent a week in Danville this summer too. It has a great downtown (in theory) and some nice old neighborhoods but I think it's time to airlift the folks out of there and let nature reclaim it.

It seems truly beyond hope. I just saw a sea of white haired people checking their mailboxes for letters from children that left 25 years ago.

It is nothing like Roanoke or Lynchburg which are pretty, hip and still have young (and growing) families. I hate to write negative things about anywhere in VA (except for NoVa) and it is obvious that the city once had a lot of charm but I honestly think it's time to stop sending state and federal funds down there . Pay the people to move to greener pasture.
If you think Danville is bad, don't go venturing further west.....or east.....lol.

I have a lot of ties to Danville. Grandparents worked in Dan River Mills, grandfather is buried there, Dad was born there, aunt works there.....so it has a special place with me. As dbcook256 mentioned, they do have some nice plans for downtown mixed use development. They also built a new, snazzy YMCA right on the river across from downtown. They still have around 42,000 people. I see a possibility of a bright future, if they play their cards right. Keep investing in downtown, keep investing into a larger student body at Averett University and DCC. They also have a splendid River Trail. They definitely have some good things going for them...but we'll see.
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Old October 16th, 2014, 04:02 PM   #24
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Maybe we are related. My mon's family is from there (though they moved east to Newport News with the C&O). Her grandparents lived there.

The YMCA does look really nice and there are a few healthy looking shopping areas in the suburbs.
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Old November 10th, 2014, 04:45 PM   #25
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Interactive map of all the current and recently completed projects in downtown Lynchburg color-coded by type. Brief project description and link to a photo provided by clicking on each project in the map. Enjoy!

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?m...c.kp9ZCr_fTePI
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Old November 24th, 2014, 04:52 PM   #26
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Lower Bluffwalk Update

Update of Lynchburg's Lower Bluffwalk pedestrian zone. This $7 million pedestrian walkway will connect four major apartment/loft developments totaling 180 units and will open up tens of thousands of square feet for commercial use. Already two new restaurants are in the works along the Bluffwalk.















New apartments/lofts along the Bluffwalk:







New restaurants in the works along the Bluffwalk:



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Old November 24th, 2014, 10:59 PM   #27
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Looks great!
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Old February 9th, 2015, 04:20 PM   #28
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Looks like the gentrification of downtown Lynchburg is in full swing. Two buildings downtown which used to house over 100 affordable housing units for low-income people recently (about three months ago) relocated all of their residents. Now there are big plans for both buildings...

The Virginian will be renovated into a high-end hotel with 115 rooms and a new restaurant:
http://www.newsadvance.com/news/loca...d073af603.html

The Arlington will be renovated and converted into 21 upscale lofts in the heart of downtown:
http://www.newsadvance.com/news/sale...e548ce1f2.html

Over the weekend, Kegney Brothers Irish Pub opened to a huge crowd of people. It was wall to wall in there... They ran out of Guinness by 7:30 and word around the street is they had to close at midnight because they ran out of booze all together...








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Old February 11th, 2015, 03:49 PM   #29
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Some big news for downtown Lynchburg! City council approved the restoration of the historic Virginian building into a brand name hotel with 115 rooms, a conference center, and restaurant space!

http://www.newsadvance.com/news/loca...e32f1788d.html
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Old March 25th, 2015, 09:22 PM   #30
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The Virginian

City council approved a $5 million loan yesterday after a tense public hearing towards the total cost of $25 million for the huge Virginian Hotel restoration project. Work on the hotel will begin in the Summer and feature 115 rooms, resteraunt space, and commercial space. The hotel site is located at Church and 8th Streets.

http://www.newsadvance.com/news/loca...e6147cfd2.html

Here is a rendering:



Here is a pretty cool historic photo of the grand hotel then and now. Can't wait for this project to get started!

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Old March 26th, 2015, 06:14 PM   #31
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Wow, this looks like it's going to be gorgeous.... and a great addition. I'm proud to see a proactive Council.
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Old June 11th, 2015, 06:40 PM   #32
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Lower Bluffwalk and Imperial Tobacco Lofts

Five years in the making, work is wrapping up on the construction of the $7 million Lower Bluffwalk pedestrian zone. Along the Bluffwalk are several hundred loft apartments which have all been developed in the past two years. This includes Imperial Tobacco Lofts (65 units) which were just completed and had their grand opening last week. Here are the latest of update of this ever changing and improving area of downtown!

Lower Bluffwalk:



































Imperial Tobacco Lofts (Downtown's newest loft project; 65 units)























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Man! That would be a cool place to live.
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Old July 20th, 2015, 05:00 PM   #34
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Massive multi-phase downtown sewer line replacement project will impact 50 city blocks downtown over the next 6 - 8 years. Each phase will cost about $8 million and will include significant streetscaping and pedestrian enhancements on all 50 blocks of downtown that will transform the downtown walking and driving experience forever. Improvements will include two-waying several key streets downtown including Main and Church streets, bulb outs at intersections, pedestrian crossing areas, wider sidewalks, bike lanes, and landscaping:

http://www.wset.com/story/29576177/c...prove-downtown

http://www.newsadvance.com/news/loca...39459d620.html

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Old August 3rd, 2015, 06:12 PM   #35
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Piedmont Flour Mills Lofts

Finally looks like the Piedmont Flour Mills Lofts adaptive reuse project is really going to happen after a four year hiatus. According to the News and Advance this morning, Lynchburg Mill LLC has been approved for a $4 million building permit to renovate the building into 52 new apartments and 3,000 square feet of commercial! This will bring the total amount of new apartments built and under construction in downtown over the past three years to approximately 365 units, increasing the downtown population by around 500.

Additionally, the James River Conference Center recently sold at auction for $1.2 million and the buyer plans $5.5 million in additions including the possibility of a new hotel... More updates on that to come soon.

http://lovelynchburg.com/?p=101

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Old August 17th, 2015, 07:36 PM   #36
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66-unit new apartment complex announced for downtown

More development announcements just keep rolling in for downtown! Last weekend, a developer announced plans to build a brand new 66-unit apartment building on 5th and Court Streets in downtown. They are already starting to clear and prep the land as of this morning (photos of the site coming soon). This will be the first new build apartment project ever in downtown Lynchburg that isn't an adaptive reuse or renovation of an existing building into loft apartments.

This comes just two weeks after developers started renovating the old Piedmont flour mill building on Jefferson Street for 55 new loft apartments and 3,000 square feet of commercial. The construction of these two latest apartment projects brings a total of 131 currently underway. In addition to 314 built between 2012 and 2015, this will bring the total to about 445 apartments built and under construction since 2012...

Several new bars and restaurants are also underway along the newly completed Lower Bluffwalk which aims to become Lynchburg's answer to the Charlottesville mall... Photos of that coming soon too.

See announcement news here:

http://www.newsadvance.com/news/loca...cdda99c8c.html

Scaffolding for the renovation of the old flour mill building is rising as of last Friday!





Land being cleared for 66 new apartments on 5th Street at Court Street:

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Old August 20th, 2015, 11:09 PM   #37
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The $29 million restoration of the Academy of Fine Arts began today with an expected completion in late 2017/early 2018. Once completed, this beautiful building will be the focal point of Lynchburg's performing arts scene.

This marks the fourth major project to get underway in the past month totaling $51 million in downtown development. The other projects include two new residential projects which will bring 130 new units downtown and a new hotel (The Virginian) on Church Street.





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Also, a new taco and tequila bar will be opening soon downtown on the bluffwalk so super excited for this one!

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Old October 16th, 2015, 10:42 PM   #38
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Strictly speaking, this is not development-related. However, this was such a well put-together promotional video for Lynchburg that I just had to post it here. Nearly all the shots are from downtown with some great clips of a couple of the downtown lofts which have become particularly popular over the past few years with 450 new units added or underway since 2012 and 90%+ occupancy rates. Welcome home!

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Very nice.

It's really exciting to see Lynchburg connecting the dots. The city seems to be doing everything right and has a very bright future.
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The Virginian Hotel currently under construction/renovation in downtown Lynchburg on Church Street will be branded under the Hilton Curio boutique/upscale hotel line. Details announced today show that there will be 115 high-end hotel rooms, a luxurious ballroom and conference center, a rooftop lounge and bar, and a street level cafe and restaurant. Construction is valued at $25 million and is set to be complete in 2017. This is a game changer for downtown revitalization:

http://www.newsadvance.com/news/busi...46703226d.html




As a bonus here are some updated shots of new projects going on downtown from last weekend. With all the new lofts and apartments created (460 built and under construction with 95%+ occupancy rates since 2010) I dare say the downtown population will likely almost triple from 367 in 2010 to around 1,000 by the end of 2016 (which is about 13% of total city growth).

66 apartments under construction on 5th and Court:


Restoration of Piedmont Mills into 55 historic loft apartments:


Restoration of the Academy of Fine Arts:


New restaurant and rooftop bar:


El Jefe Tacos and Tequila bar (YUM!):












More lofts on Main Street:
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