I wrote a story in today’s paper about the ongoing redevelopment plans for the former Virginia Scrap Iron & Metal Co. and Roanoke Mills sites.
The two adjacent sites are now owned by Carilion Clinic. While the mills site is cleared workers are just now clearing the scrap yard. The plan is to develop the two South Jefferson Street sites simultaneously.
Carilion hasn’t offered any comment on development plans, but a lot of people are talking about the potential, especially those connected to the new Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute across the street.
At various times, officials with VTC have speculated that some type of retail would fit in perfectly, and is desperately needed. I’ve heard pleas for restaurants, coffee shops, dry cleaning and more.
But with Carilion keeping quiet, I’m curious what others think should be built on the property?