Roanoke City wants your input on updating downtown plan

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Roanoke City wants your input on updating downtown plan

Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke’s Department of Planning, Building, and Development is currently in the process of updating the Downtown Plan. Public meetings to gather input will be held on Oct. 27 and Nov. 28 at the City Market Building beginning at 6 p.m. The department is looking for input and ideas from […]

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Downtown parking experiment pays with a Whoosh! Mobile App

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Roanoke, VA—The management of PARK Roanoke, the City of Roanoke’s parking operator, has announced a new Parking Meter Pilot Program at several of its off-street downtown parking lots. New solar-powered parking pay stations have been installed at the Market Lot, the Gainsboro Garage Lot, and the Higher Education Center Lot. The pay stations accept coins, […]

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Confederate flaggers emboldened by Roanoke Times article – make threats

Friday, December 18, 2015

Confederate flaggers emboldened by Roanoke Times article - make threats

What sounds like a threat against the NAACP and more planned protests followed The Roanoke Times online post today. The Roanoke Times reporter, Matt Chittum, is a hit with the Confederate flag supporters who infiltrated the Roanoke Christmas parade December 11. Chittum interview good ol’ boy Daniel Highberger who founded Sons of Liberty Southwest Virginia […]

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Downtown parking meter pilot to start in 2016

Monday, December 7, 2015

Downtown parking meter pilot to start in 2016

In December of 2012, March and July of 2013 Roanoke staff started talking about high-tech parking meters in high-demand parking spots – more specifically around the Market Building. High tech parking meters will come at a slow methodical pace The parking meters are meant to reduce the driving round and round waiting for a free […]

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Downtown street changes still in some flux

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Downtown street changes still in some flux

This evening from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Roanoke City planners held a drop in meet and greet to hear from concerned businesses on changing one-way streets to two-way streets. Planning director, Chris Chittum said that comments were mixed.  “If it ain’t broke why fix it” said some. Others just questioned parking and access that […]

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Roanoke City Downtown Parking fees and Library fees increase

Friday, May 8, 2015

Roanoke City Downtown Parking fees and Library fees increase

Monday, May 11, Roanoke City Council will adopt a budget that includes the below fee increases for downtown parking and library usage, late fees and/or damages. If you find the below charts of parking fees and library fees confusing you are not alone. It is no worse than the downtown sign parking restrictions that you […]

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High tech parking meters will come at a slow methodical pace

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

High tech parking meters will come at a slow methodical pace

Before progress can be made on metered on-street parking managed by a private business the General Assembly will have to give Roanoke City permission. A locality with a population under 100,000 must get the GA’s OK. That won’t happen until the 2014 session. Assistant Manager Brian Townsend said they have already finished two phases of […]

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Marginal Arts veers from the norm – once again

Monday, April 1, 2013

Marginal Arts veers from the norm - once again

Created six years ago to celebrate art and artists around the fringes, the Marginal Arts Festival held on the last long weekend in March didn’t disappoint. There were downtown tours of art galleries defunct and still standing, poetry readings where the words to one piece was simply the word “rice” over and over again, a […]

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Science Museum’s Hopkins Planetarium reaches for the stars

Monday, March 18, 2013

Science Museum's Hopkins Planetarium reaches for the stars

Jim Rollings, executive director of the Science Museum of Western Virginia announced that on March 15 they closed their temporary Tanglewood Mall location as they begin the move back to the renovated Center in the Square. A Grand Reopening is scheduled to take place on May 18. What they need now is almost $600,000 to […]

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Expect downtown parking changes and parking meters

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Expect downtown parking changes and parking meters

The Bullitt Avenue closure is not the only parking change downtown citizens and visitors can expect. Parking signs are changing and will become less confusing. Gone will be signs limiting parking for 10 or 15  or 30 minute limits all clustered together on the same block. Look for more uniform parking times and limits. The […]

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Market Square swaps parking spaces for a more pedestrian focus

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Market Square swaps parking spaces for a more pedestrian focus

The main portion of Market Square has been dubbed “Roanoke’s Living Room” and has functioned as such since Roanoke’s existence. “The nature of our commerce has changed,” said Sean Luther, Downtown Roanoke Inc. CEO. The two squares adjacent to Center in the Square and 202 Market accommodate 24 on street parking spaces. Luther wants to […]

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New farmer’s market canopies slated for dramatic new look

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

New farmer's market canopies slated for dramatic new look

Replacing market vendor canopies every five years has become an increasing and expensive burden. “The canvas awnings are not really a long-term solution,” said Sean Luther Downtown Roanoke Inc. CEO. The city financed the current canopies capital improvement funds several years ago and this spring they failed said Luther. With the $250,000 price tag and […]

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