Rockbridge County has been awarded a $476,693 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to add neighborhood infrastructure and 12 new homes to the Greenhouse Village Housing Production Project. This award will advance Phase II of the project, which is a cluster development of single-family homes completed in partnership with Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity (Habitat). The project is in a designated growth area where Rockbridge County has identified a need for safe and affordable low- to moderate-income family housing.
Phase II will bring the total number of homes to 27, and the additional infrastructure upgrades will allow Habitat to build eight more homes in the future. The funding also contributes to trade skill development in the region. Rockbridge Area Habitat typically builds four homes a year, one of which is a modular home built by students in the Building Trades Department at Rockbridge County High School. The CSPDC has assisted Rockbridge County with the CDBG grant applications for both phases of the Greenhouse Village project, and will provide ongoing grant administrative services.
CSPDC staff will be part of a panel at the Governor’s Transportation Conference on October 24-27, 2017, at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs. The Virginia Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (VAMPO) panel will discuss regional and state partnerships. CSPDC staff will present the Inter-Regional Transit Plan that studied the feasibility of a transit system linking the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Charlottesville. The transportation conference provides a statewide forum for networking with public and private sector partners to advance transportation planning in our region.
On October 3, the CSPDC hosted the kickoff meeting for the new CSPDC Mobility Management Program, a grant project funded by Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT). Following the kickoff, DRPT held a Coordinated Human Service Mobility Team grant recipient meeting. The event provided an opportunity for CSPDC to outline activities and goals for the grant and for human service organizations to give feedback on how the mobility program can best assist them. Goals for the grant include the coordination of existing transportation providers, the establishment of a central access point for human service providers, and an assessment of current gaps in transportation services in the region.
On September 28, the final public information meeting regarding the Main Street (Route 42) Corridor Study was held at the Bridgewater Community Center. An engineering consultant from Kimley-Horn and Associates made a presentation on the existing conditions of the corridor, an operational field analysis, and the corridor improvements that could increase transportation safety, reduce congestion and enhance multimodal accessibility. Officials from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the Town of Bridgewater were present to answer questions.