Once a bustling center of commerce teaming with tobacco warehousing, mills, manufacturing, and rail activity; Danville had slowly retracted from its former economic vigor. Recently a focus on business recruitment, community and quality of life has supported a new vision for the future of the core of the City, known as the “River District”. This new vision has spurred the implementation of several high profile public spaces designed to reconnect the community, provide amenities and enhance business activity.
LPDA led a multidisciplinary team implementing key physical improvements to reconnect downtown businesses and properties to more vibrant and functional streets and pedestrian spaces. Phase I work included 3 blocks of Main Street, from Floyd Street to Craighead Street, and a block of Union Street, an important commercial and recreational corridor connecting the center of town to the river front. Improvements included vehicular lane reconfigurations, parallel parking, sidewalk widening, pedestrian safety improvements and a series of public spaces and amenities which complement and facilitate revitalization efforts and increasing business activity.
The projects were designed and approved under tight time constraints and resulted in the successful implementation of over six million dollars in improvements.