The Town of Strasburg is located in the Northern Shenandoah Valley at the intersection of I-81 and I-66. Its downtown includes a unique combination of buildings from the early 1900’s, 1800’s, and even a few remaining log cabins from the Colonial period. In spite of this crossroads location and architecture, the downtown was suffering from blighted conditions and a declining retail base.
The firm was contracted to research and compile an Economic Restructuring Plan and 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 the firm has provided project management assistance to the Town during the implementation of the project. Twenty building facades were targeted for grant-funded Façade Improvements which leveraged significant private investment including the creation of the Box Office Brewery in one of the old downtown theaters and the total reconstruction of three buildings in danger of collapse.
Utilizing both Town and CDBG funds, two buildings were removed to make room for the construction of a market pavilion that can be used year-round, a town green, a performance pavilion, and a creekside trail connecting the public space to nearby parking. Strasburg’s downtown is already jumping back to life!