In addition to historic preservation, promotion and cultivation of the arts is paramount. To that end, Blacksburg has designated a section of its downtown as an Arts and Cultural District, which includes an artist live/work/sell component, allowing the Town to offer incentives for arts based businesses and entrepreneurs.
Existing venues such as the Lyric Theatre, the Armory Art Gallery, Theatre 101, the Farmers Market, Center for the Arts, Haymarket Theatre, and many arts-related businesses and galleries in downtown Blacksburg provide a strong foundation for this growth.
The Town also owns a number of historic properties, many of which have been renovated and either used for municipal services or leased to other entities. The following are examples of those success stories.
Scroll through the images below to view brief descriptions of each of Blacksburg's historic properties.
Bennett House at Wong Park
>Renovation and Adaptive Re-use
Current home to the Town of Blacksburg Housing and Neighborhood Services Office The site includes examples of storm water management best practices including: a rain garden, pervious pavement, bio-retention, and a retention pond
>Adaptive Re-use for the SEEDS Nature Center
A Blacksburg Nature Center that inspires curiosity and love for the environment in children and community members through education on nature, hands-on learning, and community awareness.
>Sixteen Squares Initiatives
Which works on various projects such as educational programs and tools to highlight the origins of the Town, walking tours of the Historic District, historic street sign installation, and historic building pedestrian signage.
>Freshwater Heritage Initiatives
Who also works on a variety of projects to demonstrate the historic importance of water to the Town through projects that examine water quality, storm water management, and watershed development