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CB School Board paves path for free lunches for all students

The Colonial Beach School Board took steps at its June 10 meeting to provide free breakfast and lunc...

Council moves forward on school demolition

The Colonial Beach Town Council has passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Mike Ham to execute an agr...

64th annual Potomac River Festival set for weekend

64th annual Potomac River Festival set for weekend

Get set for a swinging time this weekend as the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts the 64th an...

Col. Beach senior wins Allstate Award

Charlottesville, VA – Nick Graves of Colonial Beach High School was chosen as one of 19 studen...

Beach plans housing rehab

As an enhancing component to the Downtown Revitalization Grant, Colonial Beach sought and was  ...

Honoring America’s Heroes

Honoring America’s Heroes

Commander Christopher J. Zayatz, USN, Executive Officer, NSA, South Potomac speaks during the Memori...

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CB: Creating the town vision

As summertime arrives and beach businesses gear up for tourist season, the Management Team for the Business District Revitalization Grant is working hard studying ways to improve the economic picture in Colonial Beach.  The team — facilitated by Carol Rizzo of Land Studio, PC — is composed of volunteers including local business representatives, town residents, local government, and representatives from non-profit and philanthropic groups.

The team met on Monday, May 23, and continued to create a vision statement that succinctly describes the amenities of the town

and how to effectively market the town’s natural resources to promote economic growth. 

Over the last two years, residents have spoken out, returned surveys and participated at several public meetings expressing their concerns and vision for the future of the beach.  All of the residents’  suggestions and concerns have been studied and compiled.  The end result points to improving the boardwalk and Colonial Avenue as the first target area for economic improvement.  In 2012 a 300-plus page grant application will be sent to the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development.  

The management team is voluntary, meets every other week and is tasked with taking the citizens’ input  and creating a workable plan to complete and market improvement projects in the downtown revitalization area.  Currently there are approximately 15 team members who are committed to the task.

As the team reviews and assesses the town’s amenities and opportunities for increased economic development, several marketable amenities rise to the top, including the scenic river waterfront, the boardwalk, the rich historical nature of the town, recreational opportunities, and the vibrant arts community.

The grant application process requires the town complete a locally funded improvement project.  The team chose the grassy area across from the Wilder parking lot that contains public restrooms and picnic tables.  The town recently rehabilitated the public restrooms and volunteers from the Art Guild painted a mural on the side of the building.  The team agreed to recommend the town continue the improvements there by upgrading the outdoor shower area with a concrete pad.  The team also will recommend improved landscaping with an eye to framing the grassy area.  The project is being documented and will become part of the grant application.

 

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