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Murals will be a tough act to follow

The three new murals painted by renowned artists Melanie Stimmell from Los Angeles, and Anat Ronen, a Houston resident originally of Israel, will be a tough act to follow. However, the continued revitalization efforts in Montross will compliment the murals well.

Since the Town of Montross has won its revitalization grant, the town’s business district has been bustling with upgrades, both physically and economically. Some of the revitalization efforts are being paid for by the grant, but other work will be funded by supplemental grants from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and others.

At the June 24 Town Council meeting, Councilman Terry Cosgrove presented the council with the revitalization signage committee’s approved designs. The signage committee is with Westmoreland County to offer signs with a downtown marketing logo.


The first sign on the left shows the marketing logo, a picture of the historical courthouse, located in the heart of the downtown revitalization district. This logo will represent the Montross downtown marketing theme, “Return to the Village”.

The second sign (moving to the right) features the gateway signs, to be located at each end of project area, near Compulsive Cravings and the Montross post office.  

The third sign features the vehicular direction design. These signs will be in and out of the town limits. In town, a sign will direct traffic to the county offices and courts. Out of town, the signs will direct traffic to Montross from well traveled intersections and popular locations such as Westmoreland State Park.

The last sign is the pedestrian sign. The sign committee is considering the corner of Courthouse Square for its location.  

The Town of Montross will own the rights to the sign designs so they can be used in the future.

Several businesses have signed up for the facade improvement program. Originally, only a set number of businesses were chosen to take part in the program, and each business was allowed a limit of money to use for its improvements. Funds allocated to businesses that  decided not to use the grant will be redistributed evenly to other businesses that chose to participate in the revitalization.

Using Town funds, Montross will compliment the revitalization efforts by sprucing up the town hall building and repairing the gateway signs coming into Montross. The sign at Chandler’s Mill Pond is only a few years old and is in good shape, but the other sign is in need of repair and painting. The Town Hall building needs paint, trim and shutters. Town Manager Brenda Reamy will seek out estimates to bring back to the council for approval.

There are at least three crosswalks on Route 3 that will be improved through a grant from VDOT, but the work will have to wait until after VDOT repaves Route 3, slated for next year.

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