A conceptual rendering of the property

August 13, 2018 - Meetings coming up to determine OBMS plan

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Roanoke Times) — The head of the town Planning Commission says that an upcoming Aug. 21 meeting will play a key role in the redevelopment schedule of the old Blacksburg Middle School site.
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August 10, 2018 - midtown Revised zoning application

Midtown Redevelopment Partners today submitted a revised application for rezoning the old Blacksburg Middle School Property. This rezoning application includes a revised 36-page OBMS Pattern Book (PDF) — following a nontraditional zoning process (form-based-code) that’s designed to give communities more control over long-term development projects.


 A conceptual image of the site

August 5, 2018 - Mayor: Public should take part in OBMS process

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Roanoke Times) — An opinion piece about the site from Blacksburg mayor Leslie Hager-Smith.
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July 3, 2018 - town considers proposal for old blacksburg middle school grounds

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) — Restaurants, residential neighborhoods, a hotel and maybe even a police station are just some of the new plans for the vacated land where the old Blacksburg Middle School used to stand. View Article


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July 3, 2018 - blacksburg planning commission calls for details on potential project at old blacksburg middle school site

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Roanoke Times) — Members of Blacksburg's planning commission voiced general enthusiasm Tuesday night about an ambitious redevelopment of the old Blacksburg Middle School site. View Article


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JUNE 13, 2018 - Press Release

Midtown TO SPONSOR DOWNTOWN SCAVENGER HUNT DURING SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL

Midtown—the proposed new community for the site of the old Blacksburg Middle School—is hosting a free interactive scavenger hunt from 1:30-5:00 p.m. this Saturday, June 16, as part of the Summer Solstice Festival. The game is designed to familiarize participants with downtown sights and businesses, and provide a fun challenge for all. View Press Release 


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May 25, 2018 - Neighbors ask questions about Blacksburg Midtown plan

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Roanoke Times) — Developers of the old Blacksburg Middle School property received a warm welcome Wednesday evening as neighbors had their first chance to speak up about the latest proposal for a crucial piece of downtown real estate. View Article


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MAY 24, 2018 - DEVELOPERS SHOW OFF DESIGNS FOR OLD MIDDLE SCHOOL SITE

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Developers have come up with a third design for the old Blacksburg Middle School site. Midtown Redevelopment Partners are envisioning restaurants, offices, apartments and green spaces. View Article


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MAY 23, 2018 - UPDATED PLANS FOR OLD BLACKSBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL SITE UNVEILED TO COMMUNITY

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSLS) - A new plan is on the table for a hybrid commercial-residential development in Blacksburg. It would go on the current vacant lot where the old Blacksburg Middle School used to be.  View article


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May 22, 2018 - Press Release

ICYMI: Ahead of first public meeting, developers introduce Midtown

Over the past several years, passionate people from Main Street business owners and engaged local citizens to Town Council members and our stakeholders have worked to design a thoughtful and feasible plan for the Old Blacksburg Middle School property. View Press Release 


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May 9, 2018 - With resubmission of new proposal, proffers and patterns, old Blacksburg Middle School site discussions begin this spring

Blacksburg, Va. (News Messenger) - Whether the centrally located land, currently 22 acres of field and old trees, is ultimately rezoned or not, the land use that will be determined by citizens, the town and the developer will transform the economic, environmental and social character of the town. View Article


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April 27, 2018 - The future of downtown Blacksburg? Developers approaching deal on old middle school site

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Roanoke Times) — With a new proposal submitted this week, developer Jim Cowan finally feels “cautiously optimistic” his group has found a plan for a piece of crucial downtown property has a chance of surviving.  View Article


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April 27, 2018 - Press Release

Developer submits rezoning request for old Blacksburg Middle School site.  

A newly-submitted proposal for the old Blacksburg Middle School site includes a corner plaza with a fountain, a central space for summer concerts or winter ice skating, and a parkView Press Release