In addition to the $1.4 million grant the Town of White Stone was awarded in 2015 for housing rehabilitation, the construction of a wastewater treatment system, and stormwater drainage improvements, the Northern Neck Planning District Commission has been assisting the Town with efforts to revitalize its business district.
The Town received a planning grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to produce the White Stone Business District Revitalization Plan.
The Plan was used to assist the Town of White Stone to submit a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application, in March 2017, to implement the following activities:
1 – Business District Revitalization Activities
- Façade improvements centered at the intersection of Route 3 (Rappahannock Drive) and Route 200 (Chesapeake Drive).
- Demolition of blighted structures.
- The design and installation of wayfaring signage (gateway signs and directional signs).
- The creation of murals on sites to be determined.
- The installation of public improvements: landscaping, street furniture, and pedestrian crosswalks.
- The development of a marketing website and a marketing plan for the Town.
- The formation of a downtown organization with Main Street Affiliate status in the State of Virginia. The organization’s main purpose is to market and promote the White Stone Business District via public events such as the annual Waterfowl Show, River Day, art fairs, etc. The organization will coordinate with the Northern Neck Tourism Commission (NNTC) and the Virginia Tourism Corporation, as well as encourage private investment that’s independent but complementary to the downtown revitalization effort.
2 – Revolving Loan Fund
- The creation of a $100,000 fund for loans to businesses in the Project Area. One full-time-equivalent (FTE) job will be created in the Project Area for every $10,000 loaned out, and at least 51% of the jobs created will be held by Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) individuals.