Southside Planning District Commission

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

Past Projects

2013 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

The Southside Planning District Commission (SPDC) received federal, state, and local funding to conduct a comprehensive review of the 2006 Hazard Mitigation Plan for Planning District 13 and produce the 2013 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update (2013 HMPU).

This strategic plan identifies the region's hazard mitigation goals and strategies to increase awareness and identify preventative measures to reduce or eliminate costs associated with natural hazards through a planning process with local, state, and federal agencies and stakeholders.

The 2013 HMPU identifies a timeline and implementation process formatted from a capability assessment, as well as, hazard mitigation plan maintenance procedures. The final 2013 HMPU can be viewed at www.southsidepdc.org. The SPDC entered into an agreement with the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) in February 2011. All project activities must be completed by September 2013.

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Alberta - Samford Street Housing Project

The Town of Alberta 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 and infrastructure improvements within the Samford Street community in September 2010. The project area includes North Street, Oak Street, Samford Street, and Pine Street.

The project was divided into two multi-year projects. Project activities in Multi-Year 1, completed in May 2013, included rehabilitation of eleven (11) owner-occupied units, rehabilitation of two (2) investor-owned units and substantial reconstruction of four (4) owner-occupied units. Additionally, two (2) blighted structures were demolished; connections of five (5) units to municipal water and sewer were made; and stormwater drainage improvements were initiated.

Project activities in Multi-Year 2, also completed in May 2013, included rehabilitation of one (1) owner-occupied units and the rehabilitation of eight (8) investor-owned units. Stormwater drainage improvements were completed as well as clearance of debris, trash, inoperable vehicles and dilapidated structures throughout the neighborhood.

Brunswick County Urgent Needs Project

This project aims to provide assistance for a number of households that were damaged or destroyed by tornadoes in April of 2008. Twenty low-and-moderate income persons will benefit from the project.

Chase City - West Fifth Street Housing Rehabilitation Project

Project activities include rehabilitation of 10 owner-occupied & 3 investor-owned housing units, substantial reconstruction of 5 owner-occupied units, and demolition of 2 vacant structures. The project also includes repair and replacement of sidewalks and curbing as well as clean-up of debris and trash.

Chase City - West Fourth Street Community Improvement Project

Rehabilitation of 14 owner-occupied (9 rehabilitations, 5 substantial reconstructions), & 7 investor-owned units. Project also includes demolition of 2 vacant units and the installation and replacment of water lines, sewer lines, and storm water structures.

Harden Manufacturing

The Mecklenburg County IDA has a received an Economic Development grant in the amount of $1,250,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission to purchase and repair the 161,250 square foot industrial facility that is located in the Airport Industrial Park in La Crosse. The building known as the Harden Building, was built in1996 and operated as Harden Manufacturing until mid-2007. The facility can easily accommodate a business that will employ 125 persons, and the County will have the flexibility to offer a purchase discount to qualifying prospects.

For more information contact Sangi Cooper at scooper@southsidepdc.org.

La Crosse Hotel Renovation Project

Renovate basement & first floor of the former La Crosse Hotel to be utilized as a trailhead facility, visitor information center, transportation museum and as rail passenger station for future Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR). Renovation plans complete.

Mary Bethune Government Complex Energy Project

The County of Halifax has received Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Program Funds to design, install, and monitor a comprehensive energy conservation program for the Mary Bethune Government Complex in the Town of Halifax. This project is being funded with federal funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, supported by the Department of Energy and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

The total project cost will be approximately $800,000. Pre-qualified Energy Services Companies (ESCOs) were solicited for “Back of the Envelope Proposals” pursuant to §11-34.3 Code of Virginia as amended. Proposals were due 12/10/10. Construction will hopefully begin by March 2011.

For more information contact Sangi Cooper at scooper@southsidepdc.org.

Mecklenburg County Landfill Energy Project

The County of Mecklenburg has received Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Program Funds for the reduction and capture of methane and greenhouse gases at the Mecklenburg County Landfill. This project is being funded with federal funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, supported by the Department of Energy and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

The total project cost will be approximately $551,219, and project activities include the design and installation of a landfill gas collection system and a blower/flare station. The goal of these systems is to facilitate the sale of carbon credits from producers to interested parties, thereby generating revenue for the County. An Invitation to Bid will be published 12/19/2010 with bids due 01/27/2011. Construction will hopefully begin by March 2011.

For more information, contact Sangi Cooper at scooper@southsidepdc.org.

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