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Earlier this month in Danville, a new mixed-use project was opened and signaled continued redevelopment for the Southwest Virginia city. Located in the city’s downtown, One Danville includes 20 apartment units and ground floor commercial space. The project took the landmark Smith Seeds building and converted it into a sleek new development. Geared toward young professionals, the one and two bedroom apartments range in size from 800 – 1200 square feet. In addition to the apartments, the building’s owner is looking to attract restaurant, retail, or office tenants for its commercial spaces, which range from 3,500 – 5,000 square feet.
Converting and renovating the former Dan River Research Building in Danville is taking longer than many expected, including the Danville Regional Medical Center which was planning to move some offices and clinics to the building. We first reported on this commercial redevelopment project when it was announced in July. Since then, the $14.5 million project has seen it’s budget rise and progress move at a glacial pace. Once complete, the new development is slated to include the Danville Orthopedic Clinic, Danville Regional Medical Center offices, new commercial businesses, and a new restaurant.
Two new or expanded medical centers could bring almost $30 million and over 50,000 square feet of space to northern Pittsylvania County, and a utility customer service company expands in Martinsville. Both Centra Regional Medical Center and Danville Regional Medical Center submitted proposals for new CT scanner projects, which are pending approval from the state health commissioner after the Virginia Department of Health endorsed the projects with certain conditions related to charity care. If approved and accepted, the town of Gretna’s current medical center would be replaced with a new 50,000 square-foot facility with a full array of emergency and other medical services. The $25 million project is expected to start construction in May and open at the beginning of 2015. (more…)
In downtown Danville, a former 19th century building that was once a tobacco factory and foundry before housing a seed business that went under in 2007 will now become apartments. A development partnership has hired Richmond-based MGT Construction to turn the historic Smith Seeds building into 20 loft-style units with one and two bedrooms on the top three floors. Retail space will occupy the ground and basement levels. Potential tenants include a specialty grocery store and craft beer pub. A neighboring building will also be made ready for retail or other use. (more…)
Danville officials are looking to a report on a blighted section of the city’s Old West End District as the first step in addressing a decaying area once known for historic, single-family houses. The neighborhood is now mostly neglected rental units and abandoned residential and commercial buildings. The report, which was commissioned by the city’s community development department, takes detailed stock of each structure in the area to determine its condition and how much it would cost to rehabilitate or renovate it. (more…)