Northside

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A VCU urban planning class developed a Quality of Life plan with Northside residents based on an extensive review process. Now, Virginia LISC is working with Storefront for Community Design, Community Preservation and Development Corporation and others to revitalize Brookland Park Boulevard’s commercial corridor. In 2017, Virginia LISC is partnering with Storefront for Community Design on implementing a corridor revitalization project, which includes making building facade improvements to help attract new businesses.

LISC and Storefront for Community Design partnered with designers from Timmons Group and Baskervill to help businesses and residents envision real improvements to Six Points . The enhancement plan proposes a cohesive identity for the district and makes recommendations for façade and street improvements including landscaping, street furniture, and signage. LISC is helping implement a few early action projects recommended in the plan.

One of the major goals of the plan is to inspire new ideas for the facades of buildings along Brookland Park Blvd. and Meadow Bridge Road in Highland Park. To implement some of the façade improvements envisioned in the enhancement plan, LISC has partnered with Capital One and launched a small business grant program for existing businesses in the area. Businesses applied for $5,000 – $10,000 grants to help supplement funds from the City’s Commercial Area Revitalization Effort (CARE) program. Two existign businesses were awarded grants and are currently implementing facade improvements. For more information, contact Shekinah Mitchell from LISC at 804-505- 4697 or smitchell@lisc.org.