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Type: Report Status: Presentations
File created: 4/27/2021 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 5/19/2021 Final action:
Title: Update on the Broadway Blueprint Economic Revitalization Study
Attachments: 1. Att.A - Interim Study, 2. Att.B - Overview of Completed Stakeholder Engagement
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AGENDA DATE: 5/19/2021

Update on the Broadway Blueprint Economic Revitalization Study

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Review progress-to-date and receive direction to integrate new core value of Community into the Broadway Blueprint Study

ITEM TYPE: Regular Action Item

STAFF CONTACT(S): Richardson, Walker, Kamptner, DeLoria, Johnson, Newberry

PRESENTER (S): Roger Johnson

LEGAL REVIEW: Not Required

REVIEWED BY: Jeffrey B. Richardson

BACKGROUND: Part of Albemarle County's investment in 2018 for the redevelopment of the historic Woolen Mills site and the expansion of WillowTree included $50,000 in funding for a future economic revitalization study along the Broadway Street corridor. The study aimed to provide strategies to leverage public and private investments associated with the redevelopment and reuse of the Woolen Mills site to further enhance business activity on the corridor. On November 20, 2019, the Board accepted an interim study that included goals for three focus areas: economic vitality, connectivity, and placemaking (Attachment A). Staff intended to present strategies for each of these focus areas in April 2020, but instead pivoted resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

STRATEGIC PLAN: Economic Prosperity - Foster an environment that stimulates diversified job creation, capital investments, and tax revenues that support community goals.

DISCUSSION: The Broadway Street corridor has remained active throughout the pandemic despite the economic challenges it continues to create for our community. There are notable changes to observe both on the corridor as well as within the County since the interim study was accepted by the Board in late 2019. As a result, staff would like to provide an update on the progress of the Broadway Blueprint Study and affirm the Board's direction for completing it. Specifically, staff is seeking the Board's concurrence to apply an equity lens to the study by using tools like the eq...

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