‘Heartbreaking.’ Residents grapple with Red Front closing and what it means for a changing community
There was a time, not long ago, when a car wasn’t needed if you lived along the Chicago Avenue corridor. The one-mile stretch of road is home to a public elementary school, a public park, dozens of single- and multi-family homes, a restaurant, small businesses, a gas station, a bank and a grocery store.
Amid housing crunch, council approves request for major apartment complex along Port Republic Rd. corridor
A six-story apartment building cleared a key hurdle and could soon spring up on Peach Grove Avenue near the intersection with Port Republic Road.
The way Harrisonburg zones for new housing could change drastically over the next several years as city leaders wrestle with their approach to new developments. And early signs of those changes are starting this month.
Harrisonburg’s housing crunch leads to fewer homes on the market — and those that are don’t stick around long
Soon, perhaps even later today, Wes Way hopes he will have signed the contract on a home in the Northeast neighborhood. But he’s had to get creative to do it.
Way is one of the prospective buyers scrambling to find a home before it gets snapped up in Harrisonburg’s tight market. Knowing the seller can be a boon to buyers, as homes tend to be on the market for a matter of days, or sometimes hours, before going under contract.
Independent council candidate Carolyn Frank, who served as Harrisonburg’s first female mayor, is running again on a platform highlighting her concerns about rising taxes and costs, which she says could force people and businesses out of the city.