East Coasters bike shop plans move to Wasena landmark; River House announces conceptual plan for climbing gym
Roanoke’s Wasena neighborhood has been abuzz with activity since Ed Walker started his River House project, a 128-unit apartment building in a former cold storage warehouse nestled along the Roanoke River and greenway.
One of the latest developments in Wasena comes from East Coasters Bike Shop, which has plans to buy and move into the old Virginia Museum of Transportation, just a few blocks away from the River House.
Also in the news is a conceptual plan for an indoor climbing gym at the River House. Outdoors reporter Mark Taylor has that story.
Bike shop owner Wes Best has an unsigned contract with the city, which owns the building, to buy the old museum for $2,000. It will need about $500,000 in work, Best said. Read more on his plans here.
Just a few blocks away, the River House is nearing completion. It will include a restaurant, Wasena City Tap Room, which will be operated by the owners of Wildflour Market and Bakery on Fourth Street in Old Southwest and should open this fall.
Today, Walker and his team formally announced a concept for an indoor climbing gym at the River House. Before committing to the gym, called River Rock, Walker’s team wants to gauge community interest.
I spoke with Walker about the gym last week. He made the point that it has the potential to bring climbing events to the Roanoke region, furthering the area’s outdoor branding.
Would you support a climbing gym? What do you think of East Coasters move to Wasena?