Southside Planning District Commission

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

Mecklenburg Co.

Makers Market | Southern Virginia Food Hub Project

The Southern Virginia Food Hub Project focuses on a service area encompassing eight counties across southern Virginia; Brunswick, Charlotte, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Greensville, Mecklenburg, Halifax, and Dinwiddie. Over four years of research, planning, strategizing, and grant writing has led to a planned grand opening of the brick and mortar location, the Southern Virginia Maker’s Market, in the Spring of 2019. This newly remodeled facility is located in the heart of downtown South Hill and will be the central hub for the participating 100+ farmers and food artisans. Here you will find a local foods grocery stocked with seasonal produce, pasture raised meat and eggs, and value-added products from across Virginia. The local foods deli will feature ready-to- eat, take home meals to make the local food movement convenient for busy families. Each week, the meal menu will be designed around what the local farmers have harvested and what local meats are in stock. The community classroom will offer a wide variety of food and agriculture related classes for local farmers and citizens alike. The commercial kitchen will be available for rent to facilitate local food artisans in preparing value-added products. These products will then be retailed in the Maker’s Market and at other market locations throughout the region. A micro sized dairy processing room is unique to this project. This room will allow small scale dairy producers to pasteurize and bottle fluid milk, as well as, make a variety of dairy products like soft cheeses, butter, and ice cream. This multifaceted project is one of a kind and will become a model for other communities across the Commonwealth.

Mecklenburg Correctional Center Project

Mecklenburg County

In May 2012, the Mecklenburg Correctional Center was closed by the Department of Corrections (DOC), resulting in the loss of 300 jobs in the County and over $200,000 in water and sewer fee revenues for the Town of Boydton. In January 2013, the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (TICR) awarded the County an Economic Development grant in the amount of $180,000 to perform environmental and engineering studies. The DOC did not complete demolition of the site until the spring of 2017. The Phase I ESA was completed by May, 2017, and the Phase II ESA is scheduled to be complete by November 2017. Engineering studies will be performed once the DOC commits to site remediation.

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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.

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