Lights, skate park, action: City expects some ARPA-funded upgrades to be finished as early as summer
Harrisonburg residents can expect as soon as this summer to see several improvements funded through the American Rescue Plan Act, including renovations and upgrades to several parks and recreation facilities.
Council approves some businesses’ requests, but denies junkyard permit
Several local businesses, including a food truck and a townhome developer, got green lights for special use permits or rezoning, but the city council on Tuesday also denied a permit request for a junkyard.
Council focuses on disparity in area inmates
Amid discussions of Middle River Regional Jail’s $40 million expansion proposal, Criminal Justice Planner Frank Sottaceti outlined to the city council on Tuesday how Harrisonburg’s share of inmates at the facility is less than half of Rockingham County’s.
School tech and suffering businesses and residents are in line for shares of Hburg’s CARES funds
Purchasing school technology for online learning, providing relief for local businesses and residents and covering some costs of delaying construction on the second high school are at the forefront of the draft for how the city could spend $4.6 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds.
DN-R building under contract; redevelopment planned if city approves rezoning
After spending ten months on the market, the Daily News-Record building at 231 South Liberty Street is under contract. The pending sale, to Matchbox Realty & Management LLC, could see the historic building join the growing list of downtown structures being repurposed as commercial and retail space – while continuing to house the DN-R.
Council approves planned neighborhood; City outlines coronavirus preparations
A multi-generational planned community is one step closer to fruition after their rezoning request won approval from the Harrisonburg City Council in their meeting Tuesday evening. The group Harrisonburg Cohousing plans to build the neighborhood, called Juniper Hill Commons, on a five-and-a-half acre plot on Keezletown Road, just off of Country Club Road.
Amid Harrisonburg’s housing evolution, some neighbors play zone defense
Two visions about the future of housing in Harrisonburg have been colliding in a neighborhood tucked between JMU’s ever expanding East Campus and the heavily-traveled Port Republic Road corridor.
Council seeks to address housing crunch by creating new zone for smaller lots, approves first 3 Airbnb properties
The city council took steps to address Harrisonburg’s housing and real estate environment Tuesday night with the approval of a new zoning district for single family houses to go on smaller lots and gave the green light to the first three special permits to operate Airbnbs in the city.