Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Comprehensive Plan Update Request For Proposals







MAIN STREET BUSKER FEST RETURNS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

MAIN STREET BUSKER FEST RETURNS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

Abingdon, VA -  Abingdon’s most unique festival is back for a 4th year, taking over the downtown district with weird and wonderful street acts.  Main Street Busker Fest takes place Saturday September 1st, with family-friendly performances, special hands-on activities for kids, and an adults-only reception called Buskers After Dark. 

Street Performers 12:00pm to 5:00pm: The heart of Busker Fest is a lively street festival that takes place along Abingdon’s historic Main Street.   Every few feet, stumble on a different type of busker, from magicians to unicyclists, circus artists to aerialists.  There’s no published schedule; the joy is in the discovery of something surprising and wonderful on every corner. Be sure to bring some spare change to tip your favorite buskers!  Trolleys will be running continuously along Main Street, noon to 5pm.  

Kids Activities at Imagination Station 11:00am to 3:00pm: The fun starts at 11a.m. for the youth and the young at heart with the Imagination Station on the Barter Green, sponsored by William King Museum and Barter Youth Academy. There will be free crafts, including building puppets with children, followed by improv exercises and puppet performances, giving children a chance to catch the performance bug.

Buskers After Dark 8:00 to 10:00pm: Busker Fest wraps up with a special adults-only event, Buskers After Dark, held 8 to 10pm at the Abingdon Market Pavilion. With a completely different slate of performers, Buskers After Dark offers intimate performances in a carnival-like atmosphere.  Admission is by donation at the door; all proceeds benefit Abingdon Main Street.  Ages 21+ only, photo ID required.  

After Dark attendees are encouraged to ditch the traditional mode of setting up a chair and watching a concert. Instead, at 8:00pm, meet and mingle in small groups with the performers to enjoy close-up magic or be awed by acro-balancers, while enjoying a local brew from the beer garden.  Then, at 9:00pm, Fire Circus takes the stage for an epic grand finale performance. 

The details:  Four anchor stages will offer space for larger acts, with additional performers located along Main Street in downtown Abingdon.  Food trucks will be available, and Abingdon’s downtown restaurants will be open for lunch and dinner.  Downtown merchants are participating in the festival with sidewalk sales and specials, turning all of downtown Abingdon into a carnival atmosphere for the day.  

Festival guides are available at three information tents, located at Lois Humphreys Park (310 W. Main Street), Sinking Spring Church parking lot (corner of Pecan and Main Streets) and the Courthouse (corner of Court and Main Streets).   The guide will also be available for download at MainStreetBuskerFest.com. 

Main Street Busker Fest is presented by Abingdon Main Street, in partnership with the Town of Abingdon, and is sponsored by Virginia Commission for the Arts, JJ’s Sports Bar & Grill, 99.3 The X, and Virginia Highlands Festival.
For more information, visit www.mainstreetbuskerfest.com or contact Event Coordinator Sara Saavedra at (276) 676-2282 or ssaavedra@abingdon-va.gov. 





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Monday, August 13, 2018

Meadows Update


TOWN OF ABINGDON
Abingdon, Virginia


For Immediate Release

Meadows Update:

Recently, there has been some confusion regarding the Meadows Project. This project is actually two separate projects. The Town of Abingdon would like to clarify between the Green Spring Road Project (lead by the Town) and the Meadows Development (lead by K-VAT). Although both projects are using some of the same contractors and you will see some of the same trucks and equipment traveling between the two, they are two different permitted projects.

The Meadows Retail Development is permitted for work from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM. These restrictions fall under the Town Code section 30-32. As governed by the Noise Ordinance, quiet time for construction is 11:00PM to 7:00AM.

Construction on the new Food City is expected to be finished by Spring 2019.

The Green Spring Road/Cook Street extension project is permitted for work from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Green Spring Road/Cook Street Extension will be finished and open to the public in the Fall of 2018.

View the live stream and time-lapse video of The Meadows- http://abingdon-va.gov/?page_id=2765



Friday, August 10, 2018

Work Session Agenda for 8-14-18

 Work Session Agenda for 8-14-18


The following items will be on the agenda for the Abingdon Town Council Work Session on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM:

  • 1.       The Arthur Campbell Awards
  • 2.       The Homestay Ordinance, Section 18-161(C)(5) of the Town Code
  • 3.       The crosswalk in the vicinity of 619 West Main Street (attached are photos of the crosswalk)


Public comment will be accepted at the beginning of the work session.








Charges for FOIA Requests


Redevelopment and Housing Authority Vacancy


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Public Notice: Trespassing Issue on Green Spring Road/Meadows Property



PUBLIC NOTICE:

There has been an increase in unauthorized visitors to the construction site on Green Spring Road and to the Meadows property: the site of the future retail development and sports park.  While curiosity is natural, this is an active construction site, full of potential hazards.  The site is posted with, “No Trespassing” signs and Green Spring Road has, “Road Closed” signs in two locations.

The police department will be monitoring these sites for violators and will take immediate and appropriate enforcement actions with violators.  

§ 18.2-119. Trespass after having been forbidden to do so; penalties.
If any person without authority of law goes upon or remains upon the lands, buildings or premises of another, or any portion or area thereof, after having been forbidden to do so, either orally or in writing, by the owner, lessee, custodian, or the agent of any such person, or other person lawfully in charge thereof, or after having been forbidden to do so by a sign or signs posted by or at the direction of such persons or the agent of any such person or by the holder of any easement or other right-of-way authorized by the instrument creating such interest to post such signs on such lands, structures, premises or portion or area thereof at a place or places where it or they may be reasonably seen, or if any person, whether he is the owner, tenant or otherwise entitled to the use of such land, building or premises, goes upon, or remains upon such land, building or premises after having been prohibited from doing so by a court of competent jurisdiction by an order issued pursuant to §§ 16.1-25316.1-253.116.1-253.416.1-278.2 through 16.1-278.616.1-278.816.1-278.1416.1-278.1516.1-279.119.2-152.819.2-152.9 or § 19.2-152.10 or an ex parte order issued pursuant to § 20-103, and after having been served with such order, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. This section shall not be construed to affect in any way the provisions of §§ 18.2-132 through 18.2-136.
Code 1950, § 18.1-173; 1960, c. 358; 1975, cc. 14, 15; 1982, c. 169; 1987, cc. 625, 705; 1991, c. 534; 1998, cc. 569684; 2011, c. 195.



Historic Preservation Review Board Special Called Meeting on 8-8-18


Town Council Work Session Meeting on 8-14-18


Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Cancelled


Monday, August 6, 2018

Sons of Liberty Featured at Heartwood


Sons of Liberty Featured at Heartwood

Abingdon, Virginia – The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail presents the Sons of Liberty in concert on Thursday, August 9th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Heartwood in Abingdon, VA. This concert is part of The Crooked Road Music Series at Heartwood.

The Sons of Liberty are Joshua, Noah, and Daniel Smith of Jonesville, Virginia. With a background in classical violin, they began re-enacting and playing music of the 18th century in 2014. They are frequently featured as musicians at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, Cumberland Gap National Park, Wilderness Road State Park, and at other Virginia state parks as well as local events and festivals. The uniqueness of their sound is enriched by their dynamic arrangements of traditional American songs.

The Crooked Road Music Series takes place each Thursday at Heartwood. The series features youth artists each 2nd Thursday along with open jams on the 1st, 3rd, 4th (and 5th) Thursdays to showcase Southwest Virginia performers. The Crooked Road Music Series is sponsored by Heartwood and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development,.

Heartwood - Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway is located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, VA, and features food, music, and craft of Southwest Virginia. As part of The Crooked Road's Thursday night live music, our restaurant features delicious southern BBQ to make for a food and music experience only Southwest Virginia can deliver. Admission to the concert is free and donations will be accepted for Crooked Road Traditional Music Education Program (TMEP).

More information can be found at The Crooked Road website, www.thecrookedroad.org, and at www.heartwoodvirginia.org. For additional information, please call (276) 492-2409 or email: admin@thecrookedroad.org.

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A photo of the Sons of Liberty is attached. Photo credit - Michael Smith.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Abingdon Main Street awarded $12,000 in downtown investment funds for façade improvement



Abingdon Main Street awarded $12,000 in downtown investment funds for façade improvement

Abingdon, VA – Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Abingdon Main Street has been awarded a $12,000 Downtown Investment Grant from Virginia Main Street.  The funds will be matched by an additional $10,000 grant from the Abingdon Economic Development Authority, and used for façade improvements in Abingdon’s historic downtown district.

Businesses located within the Abingdon Main Street footprint can apply for funding to offset the costs of improving and rehabilitating their storefronts. Funds may only be used for exterior improvements.  The selected businesses will also qualify for free design plans from Frazier and Associates Architects.  

“We want downtown Abingdon to be a vibrant area that will attract and sustain small businesses,” said Carrie Baxter, Executive Director of Abingdon Main Street. “History is such an important part of Abingdon’s identity, and these funds will preserve those historic properties and make Abingdon more attractive to visitors and new businesses.”

The Downtown Investment Grants (DIGs), administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), are for design and economic vitality projects targeting areas of specific need in historic downtown neighborhoods located in designated Virginia Main Street communities. These grants are available to designated Main Street organizations to accelerate the economic revitalization of their downtown districts by helping implement innovative strategies, plans and programs that create an environment for increased private investment. 

In creating the façade improvement program, Abingdon Main Street worked closely with the Abingdon EDA and the Town of Abingdon.  The downtown investment is part of a larger strategy by Main Street and the Town of Abingdon to attract and retain small businesses.
According to Abingdon Interim Town Manager Tony Sullivan, "this grant enables us to make our downtown more attractive, which we hope will lead to future investment and development in our downtown economy." 

The Abingdon Economic Development Authority (EDA) has been a long-time partner of Abingdon Main Street. "We were excited about how the initial Facade Improvement Grant worked last year,” said Kenneth Shuman, a member of the Abingdon EDA. “We are looking forward to the expansion of this project to attract more businesses and revenue in downtown."

AMS Director Carrie Baxter expects to open applications for façade improvements within the next two months, and will notify qualified downtown merchants by letter. 

Virginia Main Street is the granting organization for the Downtown Investment Grant program. In 1985, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development adopted the Main Street program for Virginia to help prevent downtown districts across the Commonwealth from economic decline. This unique program works to re-energize economic development of downtown communities while utilizing their cultural assets and character.  More information can be found at http://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/index.php/business-va-assistance/virginia-main-street-vms.html

Abingdon Main Street, a 501c3 implementing the Main Street Approach, boosts downtown as the heart of a thriving community, by supporting local independent businesses, promoting downtown through events, connecting partners with resources, and leveraging history, culture, arts and outdoor recreation to grow the economy of the town. Learn more at http://abingdonmainstreet.com/

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