Southside Planning District Commission

Serving Brunswick, Halifax, & Mecklenburg Counties, and the towns of South Boston & South Hill, VA

Current Projects

Halifax County Urgent Needs Project

Halifax County experienced two tornado events, the first occurring on April 16, 2011 and the second on April 27, 2011. A total of 38 homes were damaged of which 13 were destroyed and nine (9) sustained major damages. The National Weather Service (NWS) verified both massive destructive storms as being EF2 tornados.

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South Hill Industrial Site Readiness Initiative

The Town of South Hill was awarded $59,251 from the Southside Economic Development Program on January 7, 2014 in order to perform due diligence studies at two (2) industrial parks: Hillcrest Business Park and Interstate Industrial Park. Both parks are in excellent condition and have been identified as very marketable properties in accordance with a recent site analysis performed by Timmons Group for the Virginia Growth Alliance. However, the site analysis identified the need for several due diligence studies in order to upgrade the parks to a Tier 4-5 rated site, which is the desired ranking for prospect readiness.

Mecklenburg Industrial Site Readiness Initiative

The County of Mecklenburg was awarded $74,844 from the Southside Economic Development Program on January 7, 2014 in order to perform due diligence studies at two (2) industrial parks: Roanoke River Business Park and Lakeside Commerce Park. Both parks are in excellent condition and have been identified as very marketable properties in accordance with a recent site analysis performed by Timmons Group for the Virginia Growth Alliance. However, the site analysis identified the need for several due diligence studies in order to upgrade the parks to a Tier 4 rated site, which is the desired ranking for prospect readiness.

Pine Height Trail Housing Rehabilitation Project

On March 8, 2012, the County of Halifax was awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD) for the Pine Height Tr. Housing Rehabilitation Project. The purpose of the CDBG is to improve housing conditions for homes occupied by low and moderate-income (LMI) persons.

Project activities will include housing rehabilitation to 14 LMI units, of which 11 are owner-occupied units and three (3) are investor-owned units. In addition, four (4) owner-occupied units will be substantially reconstructed and debris, trash, inoperable vehicles and dilapidated structures will be removed throughout the neighborhood. The project area includes 33 homes located on Pine Height Trail and one unit on the corner of Mountain Road and Pine Height Trail. The County executed a contract with the Department of Housing and Community Development in July 2012 in the amount of $840,169. All project activities must be completed by July 2014.

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Mecklenburg County Scattered Site Housing Rehabilitation Project

The County of Mecklenburg was awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD) for the Scattered Site Housing Rehabilitation Project. The purpose of the CDBG is to improve housing conditions for homes occupied by low and moderate-income (LMI) persons.

Project activities will include housing rehabilitation to 1 LMI owner-occupied unit, and substantial reconstruction to 1 LMI owner-occupied unit. Debris, trash, inoperable vehicles and dilapidated structures will be removed from the project area(s). The County executed a contract with the Department of Housing and Community Development in December 2012 in the amount of $167,725. All project activities must be completed by December 2013.

Lawrenceville - Turntable Park & Outdoor Center Community Improvement Project

On January 4, 2011, the Town of Lawrenceville received a 2010 Community Development Block Grant under the Local Innovation fund for the purchase and rehabilitation of the Southern States Building located adjacent to the Tobacco Heritage Trail (THT).Southern States building purchased for Turntable ParkSouthern States building purchased for renovation

The purpose of the Local Innovation fund is to create innovative employment opportunities within the Town of Lawrenceville through development of the Southern States Building into a THT trailhead. The Town executed a contract with the Department of Housing and Community Development in November 2011 in the amount of $200,000. All project activities must be completed by October 2013.

Halifax County Needs Assessment

Project to identify potential CDBG eligible housing projects in Halifax County and prepare a Strategic Housing Study. Staff used GIS data and local knowledge to identify areas of housing need, and visited many areas to obtain housing inventory and collect GPS data for analysis and inclusion in the Study.

Clarksville Southwest Downtown Comprehensive Housing Rehabilitation Project

The Town of Clarksville received a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $1,697,448 from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD) for housing and infrastructure improvements within the Southwest Downtown community in October 2011. The project area includes Market Street, Carolina Street, 8th Street, and 9th Street.

The project was divided into two multi-year projects. Project activities in Multi-Year 1, to be completed in October 2013, includes rehabilitation of five (5) owner-occupied units; rehabilitation of eight (8) investor-owned units; replacement of 1,990 linear feet of 8" gravity sewer, 620 feet of 4" sewer lateral, and installation of 9 new or replacement manholes; installation of curve and gutter sidewalk; and storm sewer pipe to improve storm drainage; street improvements to include patch and repair to Market and Eight Streets, and the paving of Carolina Street; demolition of a 15,000 square ft. vacant dilapidated structure that presents a blighting influence on the neighborhood, and clearance of all junk, debris, weeds, inoperable vehicles and dilapidated structures from the project area. Project activities in Multi-Year 2, to be completed in October 2014, will include finalization of infrastructure activities, such as, installation of curb and gutter, sidewalks, and paving.

Boydton - Hull Street Housing Improvement Project

The Town of Boydton received a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $1,000,000 from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD) for housing improvements within the Hull Street community in March 2011. The project area includes the homes located on Hull Street, Carter Lane, Bryant Street, Barnes Street, Jones Street, and portions of Monroe Street, Jefferson Street, Madison Street, and Madison Street Extension.

The project was divided into two multi-year projects. Project activities in Multi-Year 1, to be closed out in June 2013, include rehabilitation of eight (8) owner-occupied units, rehabilitation of six (6) investor-owned units and substantial reconstruction of two (2) owner-occupied units.

Project activities in Multi-Year 2, to be closed out in March 2014, will include rehabilitation of one (1) investor-owned unit; substantial reconstruction of one (1) owner-occupied unit; installation of approximately 1,108 linear feet of slip line for existing gravity sewer; installation of approximately 1,126 linear feet of new 4” and 8” gravity line, with manholes, cleanouts and related appurtenances; and clearance of debris, trash, inoperable vehicles and dilapidated structures throughout the neighborhood.

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