BLACKSBURG, Va. — Learn how the Midtown plan has changed from Fall 2018 to March 2019, including traffic expectations, hotel footprint, downtown commercial space, and Main and Eheart Street buildings. View article

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FEBRUARY 17, 2019 - Midtown: Yes or No?

BLACKSBURG, Va. — We believe that Midtown, as envisioned, will be an asset to Blacksburg and Montgomery County and will generate millions in new tax revenue for the county and town. When people of good will seek an agreement but are mired in frustration and delay, it’s time to step back, look at the big picture and ask the simple questions. View article

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FEBRUARY 13, 2019 - Midtown developers calling on town to make a decision

BLACKSBURG, Va. — “Despite diligent efforts we are very disappointed that action by Town Council was not possible within the Town’s designated 6-month period,” said The Midtown Partners Jim Cowan and Jeanne Stosser in a statement to 10 News. ”The same vision and plan the Planning Commission approved on September 4 is embodied in the package they are being asked to review again.” View article


FEBRUARY 12, 2019 - Midtown Redevelopment partners SEND LETTER TO SUPPORTERS

BLACKSBURG, Va. — We’d like to share our perspective on why the Town of Blacksburg plans to send the Midtown project back to the rezoning commission. 
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FEBRUARY 12, 2019 - Old Blacksburg Middle School development to be re-considered by planning commission

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) — When the Blacksburg Planning Commission voted to approve development on the old middle school grounds back in September, it seemed like the long-awaited project was becoming a reality.
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FEBRUARY 11, 2019 - After Deal appeared imminent, old blacksburg middle school project back at Stalemate

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Roanoke Times) — Jim Cowan, of Midtown Redevelopment Partners, sounded more optimistic, saying conversations with the town have been “very productive.” 

“We’re not quite there but we feel confident and continue to be excited that both sides want to make it work,” Cowan added.
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BLACKSBURG, Va. (Roanoke Times) — The plan for old Blacksburg Middle School site is changing again, after an employer set to anchor a portion of the property decided to go elsewhere as the project meanders through the municipal maze.
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Midtown Midtown developers change Main Street plan

BLACKSBURG, Va. — When the Blacksburg Town Council deliberates on rezoning the old Blacksburg Middle School site, the proposed mixed-use construction along Main Street will be slightly different from the plan approved by the Blacksburg Planning Commission in September.
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November 23, 2018 - Town, Developer still WORKING OUT OBMS details

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Roanoke Times) — The rezoning of the old middle school site is unlikely to be decided this year due to the town and the landowner still hashing out an agreement that will determine how much the locality will invest in the proposed redevelopment.
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September 20, 2018 - BLOG POST
Midtown stormwater plan to use underground system

MIDTOWN — As Blacksburg dries out after the remnants of Florence, it’s a good time to look at Midtown’s plans to control stormwater runoff in downtown Blacksburg. The stormwater collection system concept proposed by Midtown and approved by the Town of Blacksburg will help ensure the project doesn’t contribute to flooding downtown. View blog post


September 8, 2018 - Press Release
Live Midtown: 50 express interest in Midtown housing

MIDTOWN — Fifty households have signed up to become residents of Midtown, Blacksburg’s proposed new residential space, Midtown Redevelopment Partners announced Tuesday. If it’s built, the Midtown development on the Old Blacksburg Middle School site on Main Street will create a walkable, vibrant community with urban amenities that will appeal to young professionals, singles, families, empty-nesters and active seniors. View press release

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September 5, 2018 - Blacksburg Planning and Zoning Commission approves Midtown rezoning

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Roanoke Times) — The town’s planning commission voted 7-1 Tuesday night in favor of a rezoning that will be needed to clear the way for a more than $100 million redevelopment of the old Blacksburg Middle School site on the corner of South Main and Eheart streets.
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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) — The Blacksburg Planning Commission voted 7 to 1 in favor of a rezoning application for development on the Old Blacksburg Middle School site.
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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSLS) — The rezoning of the old Blacksburg Middle School site for new homes and offices received initial approval. 
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BLACKSBURG, Va. (News Messenger) — Following a three-hour public hearing during which scores of Blacksburg citizens stood to voice support, worry and dismay, the Blacksburg Planning Commission voted 7 to 1 to approve the re-zoning of the flagship 22-acre Main Street property.
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September 4, 2018 - LAWSON: Time to take a leap of faith

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Roanoke Times) — As with lending decisions in banking, there’s information that we need to know, and there’s information that’s nice to know. In banking, we often need to be reminded of that, and it’s a good reminder for the Planning Commission, too. The most important question to ask is whether or not the project as proposed is good for the town. It’s time to take that leap.
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September 2, 2018 - HILL: Midtown was designed according to blacksburg's specs

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Roanoke Times) — For more than a decade, Blacksburg and Montgomery County have engaged in every possible effort to create a workable vision for this site. The developer has provided a plan that meets those requirements.
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August 30, 2018 - Letters to the Editor

NOTE: The Midtown developers are working with a Virginia Tech forestry professor to grow new trees from acorns collected from the Pin Oak that was planted on the Old Blacksburg Middle School site in 1976.  

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Roanoke Times) — More than a tree. It is over 12 years since many of our children (now in college or beyond ) played on the beautiful hillside fronting South Main or saw it from their classroom windows. Their parents, faculty knew those trees and the grassy knoll that remains at present. This is a special place of memories and history where major changes are going to occur.
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NOTE: The Midtown plan meets Blacksburg's previous request for T-intersections with the original 16 squares. 

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Roanoke Times) — Torabinejad: Blacksburg needs our help more than ever. Soon, the fate of the Old Blacksburg Middle School site will be known. The location of this property should differentiate its rezoning from those of other properties in town. Careful assessment and planning are essential to create a place not only to provide downtown vitality by integrating it into the surrounding areas but also to help ease the current and especially the future traffic of Blacksburg.
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August 21, 2018 - Blacksburg Planning Commission hears more details on Midtown plan

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Roanoke Times) — Planning officials are still seeking a few key details on an ambitious redevelopment of the old Blacksburg Middle School site, but some of them on Tuesday night said that they’ll likely be prepared to vote on the project in two weeks.
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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) — For the third time since early July, the Blacksburg Planning Commission held a work session to discuss the rezoning application for development on the Old Blacksburg Middle School land.
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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.

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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


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—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 


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



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



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


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 


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


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


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 park. View Press Release