Author: Ryan Alessi

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Council tabs money for organizations, approves a future pay raise and opts to hand over an alley to JMU

More than 40 community organizations will receive city funds — including 11 first-time recipients — after the city council made changes Tuesday to the draft of the city’s next budget. 

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Seeking to be ‘strategic’ and ‘flexible,’ council greenlights two more developments

In the latest in a series votes on developments, council members on Tuesday unanimously approved zoning changes for a commercial development at the edge of town on North Main Street and an apartment complex on Chicago Avenue. 

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Harrisonburg beats Chicago for Iceland-based cycling company

The Shenandoah Valley’s ample biking opportunities – and a nudge from an insider with Harrisonburg ties – landed the city the first U.S. operation for Iceland-based bike maker, Lauf Cycling. 

Council to consider 3-cent real estate tax increase. Plus, could North Main get a new retail development?

By Ryan Alessi, publisher The Harrisonburg City Council will consider raising real estate taxes for the second straight year to help cover the cost of the new high school.  The proposed first draft of the city’s budget for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1, includes a 3-cent increase to 93 cents per $100 …

Group recommends ‘South Ridge’ as HHS2’s name and suggests the school board consider renaming the existing Harrisonburg High School

As the new high school takes shape on its southern Harrisonburg site, the committee tasked with suggesting its name recommended calling it “South Ridge High School” with black and red as its two main colors. 

Public safety agencies seek to attract needed reinforcements

With about 20 open positions in Harrisonburg Police Department and the fire department preparing to add a new station, the city is trying a host of strategies to attract new applicants for first responder jobs.

Council tackles taxi rates. Mayor addresses the Salvation Army. And could the Municipal Building return to action?

With the number of licensed taxi drivers in Harrisonburg down 68% from 2017, the city council on Tuesday gave initial approval to a sweeping re-write of the city code to allow taxi companies to set their own rates, among other changes. 

Council approves allowing affordable housing development on Lucy Drive

The Harrisonburg City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday night for a proposed affordable apartment complex on Lucy Drive — another development councilmembers say they hope might ease the city’s housing crunch.

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