Revitalization meeting: Your input needed

What will be the future for the southeastern part of Chesterfield? Will Jefferson Davis Highway return to its glory days before the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike (I-95) was built? Will neighborhoods built around 1970 and later retain their luster?

On Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., planners who have been working on the revitalization plan for Chesterfield will be hosted by the Chester Community Association (CCA) at the Chesterfield Center for the Arts office, 11801 Centre St. (opposite the Chester Library).

How will the West Hundred Road and Jefferson Davis Highway look over the next 20 years. A phased revitalized Bermuda Square Shopping Center is already underway.

It is not only the fate of Jefferson Davis Highway, which runs from one end of the Village News readership from north to south, but neighborhoods that feed the Pike and older neighborhoods that are a bit dated.

Salem Woods in concert with Chesterfield’s Economic Development Department has developed a plan book for updating homes in subdivisions developed in the 1970s and before. In some places siding needs replacing or needs just a coat of paint. Other homes need new windows or a front porch to increase the curb appeal of their home.

According to the neighborhood model handbook, which gives examples and costs of renewing the curb appeal of your home, a neighborhood’s home value is only as good as how your neighborhood maintains his or her home.

While the January CCA meeting will concentrate on the bigger picture, the meeting will also give you a feel for how to improve the value of your home, your neighborhood and your community.

The CCA is inviting the community to come to the meet to find out what the future of the community could look like and how neighborhoods can help improve the community as well.
CCA planning meeting, Jan. 23, 2014 at 7 p.m. – call 363-7954 for information or visit chestercommunity.org

Annual “Empowering Neighborhoods Forum” at Manchester Middle School , 7401 Hull Street Road,  Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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