Irvington, Virginia, a Town of approximately 650 residents, is in Lancaster County on Virginia’s “Northern Neck.” Identified by its waterways and related activities, Irvington is a small village with a thriving retired community and seasonal population. Unique among other towns in Lancaster County, Irvington has retained its historic, small-town village community that maintains its waterside history both in structure and general use. Because of its presence on the water and small-town ambiance, the Town encountered rapid growth advancing from the north and east.
Working closely with the Planning Commission, Town Council, and Town staff, we analyzed existing conditions, identified goals and objectives, and developed recommendations for the future. Our final Comprehensive Plan worked two ways: it focused on intelligent utilization of the land to meet the needs of the population, while at the same time it protected and preserved Irvington’s historic quality and character. We understood the leaders wished to maintain the area’s high quality of life, so our plan served that end through a series of achievable goals, objectives, and implementation strategies.
We were contracted to research and compile an Economic Restructuring Plan and to compile and submit an application for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for downtown revitalization. The Town was awarded $700,000 in CDBG funds in 2016, and we provided project management assistance to the Town during the implementation of the project.
We conducted field surveys of each of the neighborhoods to assess housing conditions and infrastructure deficiencies. We also analyzed local demographic and real estate data. Along with that, we conducted interviews with local builders, developers and real estate agents because we needed to understand the nuances of the local market, which simple data couldn’t reveal to us.
This improvement plan utilized a 2014 CDBG construction grant of $1.2 million, including Town funds and a partnership with the Alleghany Foundation, with a total project budget of $1.9 million. Eighteen (18) homes were rehabilitated or substantially reconstructed and forty-five (45) predominantly LMI house-holds benefited from the infrastructure improvements.