Developers discuss future vision for Central Virginia Training Center
AMHERST COUNTY, Virginia. – Giving new life to the Central Virginia Training Center seemed like a daunting task after the facility was permanently closed in 2020.
On Wednesday morning, local leaders gathered in Amherst County to discuss the redevelopment plan, show their vision and explain how it’s all possible.
“The $25 million at the time seemed impossible,” Virginia Sen. Steve Newman said.
Many were interested in the 350 acres, but no one wanted to buy something with millions of dollars in debt on it.
With the help of local leaders, like Senator Newman, the General Assembly decided to address this in the budget, putting the developers at least 14 years ahead of schedule.
“It’s going to be hard and it’s going to be expensive,” he said. “It’s not going to be something that will necessarily happen overnight, but it’s one I think we’re all committing to.”
Senator Newman added in October that Amherst County would get the title at center.
It’s up to them and the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance to decide what will go in its place, and they already have a pretty good idea.
“Our region has a unique opportunity,” said Megan Lucas, CEO of the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance. “We can create a vision for this site that can change the future of our region. It’s in our hands. »
Leaders want to create an urban hub – a place for shopping, dining, housing, offices, walkways, businesses and more.
The goal is to connect the county to the city and be a premier community for talent and employers.
“Things are good in Amherst County and improving,” county administrator Dean Rodgers said.
The leaders hope that the sale of the land will cover the demolition costs. As they demolish the 98 buildings, they plan to save the cupola and create a picture park to remember the center’s history.
There have also been concerns about what will happen to the property’s two cemeteries. Leaders say they will not be affected and families will still be able to visit those they have lost.
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