November 10, 2016 — A three-day-long Design Workshop as part of the project to “Reimagine 419” is scheduled for November 14 – 16. The community is invited to attend and share their thoughts on what a new 419 Town Center might look like.
In September, Roanoke County began an eight-month planning study of 390 acres in the Route 419 area near Tanglewood Mall. The 419 Town Center Study will result in a market-based master plan that incorporates community input and collaboration to enable stronger investments in the County’s economic future. The study has already engaged hundreds of residents, employees and business representatives.
The Design Workshop is the most intensive community engagement event planned for the study.
- A community workshop will be held Monday, November 14, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Participants will learn what the planning team has heard so far, then share their reactions and ideas for a new Town Center.
- A drop-in work day will be Tuesday, November 15, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Participants can stop by any time to speak personally with the planning team and learn about their progress.
- A community presentation will be Wednesday, November 16, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The planning team will present the broad strategies for the study area. There will be time for public comment and exercises to help refine the results of the workshop.
CORTRAN and STAR service will be extended until 9:00 p.m. for Monday and Wednesday night’s meetings.
The kick-off Visioning Event on September 15 drew over 150 participants. More than 60 members of the public gathered for a Planning Night hosted by Barrel Chest Wine and Beer on October 11 to review ideas for the study area and fill out a new survey. On October 14, Roanoke County held an employee event at the Administration Center, where the planning team spoke with nearly 90 county employees about how the area could be improved.
Throughout the past two months, the team also met with more than 100 stakeholders from around the Valley.
A short survey of participants taken at the two October events found that 69 percent would be interested in living in a more urban, town-center environment where they could safely walk/bike to stores, restaurants, entertainment, and green spaces. Survey participants chose that they would most support improved pedestrian crossing access and sidewalks in the study area.
When asked for one word to describe the 419 study area today, the top results were “congested,” “busy” and “dated.” Asked to describe a 419 Town Center in the future, participants favored “exciting,” “fun” and “modern.”
Surveys and interactive learning materials can be found online at www.roanokecountyva.gov/419