Downtown Roanoke’s redevelopment evolution started about 10 years ago with prime properties in the core of the city. Development has been gradually pushing outward, redefining the boundaries of downtown.
We wanted to take a closer look at what was happening downtown, particularly to the west and south, where developers are focusing their attention as the inventory of available buildings in the core of the city dwindles.
The result is Downtown Evolution, a special section in today’s Roanoke Times. You’ll find:
- A story that focuses on the expansion of downtown’s footprint to the west as developers snatch up old warehouses and convert them into apartments
- A story about downtown’s push to the south where Roanoke city officials and Carilion Clinic are taking the lead to develop properties along Jefferson Street
- A profile on developable buildings
- A map of the development over the past 10 years
- A story on the challenges facing the Heironimus building
- A story exploring whether the explosion of downtown living is eating up office space
- A video about downtown’s first grocery store in 20 years.
Let us know your thoughts on this special section and on the development of downtown. Do you think developments on the western edge of downtown are appealing? Do you believe development along Jefferson Street can link the traditional downtown area to Carilion’s properties, including the Riverside development? What changes have you noticed downtown? And what do you think the heart of the city will look like in another 10 years?