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Workshop to explore downtown future in Town of Halifax

The Town of Halifax will host a community planning and design workshop with Hill Studio staff members on Wednesday and Thursday in the cafeteria/meeting room of the STEM Academy at 315 S. Main St. to develop a master plan for redevelopment of the lower portion of the downtown shopping district.

Dubbed “South Main Street Marketplace” by Hill Studio planners, the study area for the master plan includes the area on the east side of Main Street from the library down to the STEM Center, including the grocery store property and the area behind that property.

According to Evie Slone, Hill Studio director of planning, planners and designers will work with town officials and other community stakeholders over those two days to explore business market and expansion needs.

They also will “identify feasible community development activities that link compatible business, educational and civic activities that support the integrity of historic county seat,” Slone said.

“The goals of the master plan are to guide future development and public and private investment in the project area and to recruit new and expanded business investment in downtown Halifax,” Slone explained.

Citizens of Halifax and interested individuals and businesses are invited to participate in the workshop to offer insight and comments.
“Please come and be a part of this visionary planning effort,” Slone said.

Interested citizens and business representatives can come to the STEM Academy to talk with Hill Studio staff members and view work in progress from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

An open house will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and draft work for the master plan will be completed.

For more information, contact Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy at 434-476-2343.