Council commits $210K to downtown partnership

Dec 20, 2011 Full story: Hopewell News 13

Council officially committed to provide financial support for the Hopewell Downtown Partnership last Tuesday in an effort to revitalize a struggling section of the city.

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Hopewell, VA

#2 Dec 22, 2011
what a waste of money.
taxed out

Hopewell, VA

#3 Dec 22, 2011
might as well stop on the bridge and throw 210k in the water......
resident

Powhatan, VA

#5 Jun 28, 2012
I actually think this is a good use of money. The main street program has showed a lot of success in other areas and I like the idea that it uses volunteers from the community to get the job done. City government has had their chance to revitalize, its time to let another group who has experience and the backing of main street to try. You should at least see what the Main Street program is about before you make a comment "dissing" it.
VN Vet

Hopewell, VA

#6 Jun 28, 2012
resident wrote:
I actually think this is a good use of money. The main street program has showed a lot of success in other areas and I like the idea that it uses volunteers from the community to get the job done. City government has had their chance to revitalize, its time to let another group who has experience and the backing of main street to try. You should at least see what the Main Street program is about before you make a comment "dissing" it.
Look at the clown in charge of Hopewell's Main Street program(C.L-B). That is why it won't work. The GOBs own her, Period.
patriot

Hopewell, VA

#7 Jun 29, 2012
just wait 'til the November election..........
Same Ol Same Ol

Richmond, VA

#8 Jul 1, 2012
The person in charge of the Main Street project has not brought the building she owns up to Code. What makes people think she can revitalize downtown.

The only reason she has not been hit with code violations from the city is because who she is. My guess she is holding out for city funds to bring her building into compliance.

What businesses are going to be attracted to downtown Hopewell? You can only have so many second hand stores. That is all you have downtown, second hand stores, a gym, an Oriental restaurant, a cigarette store, oh and a Dollar General Store. Yep people from all over the place are flocking to downtown Hopewell to shop. Oh and let us not forget the money pit of the Beacon Theater.

No decent places to shop or eat down town. It is dead. The city continues to poor money down the drain.

With the expansion of Fort Lee and I-295, maybe city council should look at building up that part of town. Also clean up of that area. Look at all the city owned property (undeveloped) in the Food Lion area.

I know that does not make sense. If the City actually invested in the route 36 corridor, it would take revenue away from the I-295 (Beacon Theater) project. People would slow down and actually stop in Hopewell.
resident

Richmond, VA

#9 Aug 27, 2012
hahaha..This is true. People will not be exiting I-295 to visit Hopewell's famous downtown chinese resteraunt or convenience store. I thought the whole point of the Main Street project is to start helping to rehab the historic buildings, raise capital, plan events, and begin attracting new businesses downtown. So eventually there will be some nice restaurants, good stores, and activities. Of course right now its nothing but look at culpepper or staunton. They started off the same or even worse when they got involved with main street and now they are booming.

I agree the route 36 corridor should be invested in also especially with Ft. Lee expanding but Rt. 36 is not where Hopewell will get it's identity from or long term success. No one comes to Hopewell because of RT 36. People go to places that are unique, stand out, and have character. A revitalized downtown can bring back an identity to Hopewell, something that is unique and that residents can actually be proud of.

In the short term, yes rt 36 will bring in revenue. In the long term, the downtown will be the attraction. People are tired of suburban living. People are now looking to live downtown again where everything is walkable, things are happening, and everything you need is right around the block.

This process takes time, it won't happen overnight but i think overall, it is the right direction for any kind of long term plan, if Hopewell ever hopes to be a place people want to come and live besides just being dirt cheap.

As for the person who runs it. She does not run it, she is just a major spokesperson and serves on the board but she is not the director of the program or the main mover. That will be the job of the director and the committees and yes, also the board which she is on.

If you look at the research, all the major think tanks are telling cities with a traditional historic downtown district to begin to restore because that's where the future is headed.
Stillhunter

Fort Lee, VA

#10 Aug 29, 2012
Well people are also scared to drive around Hopewell, the word is out. Nothing but Section 8 druggies and thieves downtown. They even know that in Lynchburg...SAD AS ____!!!

We sure could have used that new police/fire/ems station downtown... Too bad we lost the funds to the Feds who got all the money. However, that was not councils fault, just the fault of the nutjobs in the council meeting talking about religion and frogs... If u were there u would understand!
VN Vet

Hopewell, VA

#11 Aug 29, 2012
resident, you have a lot of good points, but you miss the forest for the trees. The social services building has rejects hanging out in it's "park". The wonderful store across the street is a hang-out for our finest citizens. The apartments up and down East Broadway are the hi-lite of the neighborhood. And to top it all off, the downtown has the everlasting ethanol plant that brings jobs and tax dollars to the "Wonder City". No sir, nothing will come to down town until these and other problems are cleared up.
concerned citizen

Hopewell, VA

#12 Aug 31, 2012
VN Vet wrote:
resident, you have a lot of good points, but you miss the forest for the trees. The social services building has rejects hanging out in it's "park". The wonderful store across the street is a hang-out for our finest citizens. The apartments up and down East Broadway are the hi-lite of the neighborhood. And to top it all off, the downtown has the everlasting ethanol plant that brings jobs and tax dollars to the "Wonder City". No sir, nothing will come to down town until these and other problems are cleared up.
These are all issues that Ms. Gore is advocating to address in this election. She wants to focus of 295, route 10 and the Ft. Lee stretch. People are so hung up on name recognition of other candidates, that they haven't paid attention to her ideas.
VN Vet

Hopewell, VA

#13 Sep 1, 2012
Ms. Gore is a bight young lady, but has not attended any real council meetings. She doesn't really have a clue to what goes on in the real world. With some experience, she may do well in the future, just not now. We have seen what a community organizer will do, we can't use that here.
Gore 4 Ward 4

Hopewell, VA

#14 Sep 5, 2012
VN Vet wrote:
Ms. Gore is a bight young lady, but has not attended any real council meetings. She doesn't really have a clue to what goes on in the real world. With some experience, she may do well in the future, just not now. We have seen what a community organizer will do, we can't use that here.
Thank you for the compliment and I am pleased that you think that I have some good ideas. I do attend City Council meetings, and one of the boards I sit on (Keep Hopewell Beautiful) presented last month. I do believe that I have a clue about the real world and have been active in state/local government and as a community organizer for multiple years. With all do respect, I feel all three areas give me insight pertaining to major issues occurring throughout the city. Moreover, being a community organizer is the most beneficial way for someone to know and understand the concerns of city residents. Therefore, I do believe a community organizer who will listen and fight for residents is what is needed in City Council. There is a loud outcry within the city from residents who feel that their voice is not being heard in City Council and that issues that are important to them are not being validated. So, we need someone to advocate for that voice to be heard. In addition, I have the most experience in government when compared to my running mates. As someone eluded to previously, name recognition does not make a candidate the best person for the position. I also, would like to thank you for stating that you possibly see a positive future for me if I gain more/right experience.(Not trying to quote you) Nonetheless, it is important to stress that people need to vote for issues that are important in their lives and for the change they want to come to the City of Hopewell. City Council is a job that requires experience, direction, leadership and various ties to the community. We cannot continue to allow "clicks", personal friendships and political agendas determine the future of the City of Hopewell. That is why I am making every effort possible to run a campaign and term that is people powered. The issues I am advocating for are issues residents have addressed repeatedly. As always, I am curious and driven to learn more about the opinions of residents and would like to know what your last sentence is referring to as well. Once again, thank you for your kind remarks. Also, I do agree with some statements made about downtown rehabilitation and believe that downtown revitalization is vital to the future of the City of Hopewell.

Thank you,

Jasmine Gore
Gore 4 Ward 4

Hopewell, VA

#15 Sep 5, 2012
I would like to also invite everyone to the next forum for candidates this month. It is important for residents to stay informed and hear which candidates know current/past facts, present platforms and answer citizen questions.(Unrehearsed) It is vital that residents also hear first-hand why candidates are running. I think it would be worthwhile and beneficial. I will post the location when it has been decided.

With warm regards,
Jasmine

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