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Council approves housing projects, denies request for boarding house

Housing development issues dominated the agenda Harrisonburg City Council’s first meeting of 2024 with the council giving the go-ahead for 113 new homes on Harrisonburg’s east side and, conversely, halting operations for an unofficial fraternity house that the city condemned last year as being unlivable. 

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As major I-81 construction nears, people who live and work closest can weigh in whether they want a sound barrier

With a major expansion of I-81 through Harrisonburg about to begin, people and businesses located closest to the interstate will have a chance to weigh in on whether they want a sound barrier built to dampen highway noise. 

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City council approves Bluestone Town Center in 3-2 vote

The proposed development split the council much like how it inspired opposing reactions from residents. Here’s how the council members voted and why.

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Huge proposed development sparks massive public discussion, then earns planning commission’s support

After considering arguments Tuesday for and against a nearly 900-unit housing development along Garber’s Church Road and Erickson Avenue, the Harrisonburg Planning Commission ultimately voted unanimously to recommend the project for the city council’s approval. 

Council approves spending remaining ARPA money on parks and rec-heavy spending plan

The Harrisonburg City Council ultimately decided Tuesday to allot the remaining $11 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds on a spending plan that prioritized parks and recreation. 

Overly rosy or ‘doom and gloom?’ Council candidates offer different views of Hburg, but find some agreement

Even as city council candidates painted different pictures of Harrisonburg, the five contenders on the Nov. 8 ballot found some common ground Wednesday when it came to the role of police, and specifically in supporting diversity among the ranks. 

Parks and city beautification make the cut in council’s top 5 priorities for spending Rescue Plan Act funds

After months of public meetings and discussions, the Harrisonburg City Council landed on five main priorities for spending more than $20 million in federal funds and will now task city staff with vetting specific projects. 

Residents want ARPA funds to help with housing, health and child care

Affordable housing, robust mental and physical health care and accessible child care for working families are Harrisonburg residents’ top three needs that could be addressed using the city’s share of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. 

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