The 5th Street Community Development Corporation (CDC) and Lynchburg Neighborhood Development Foundation (LNDF) are co-sponsoring “A Celebration of 5th Street Opportunities – For Businesses, For Families, For Life!” on Saturday, October 12, 2103. Fifth Street businesses, property owners, and surrounding residents are witnessing a great deal of change along their corridor, much of which has been challenging and required sacrifice and adjustment. The purpose of our celebration is to recognize the progress that has been made and the opportunities still to come.
The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and will include information sharing (e.g., business and housing support organizations), music, food, and children’s entertainment. The location includes various properties along 5th Street, both occupied and unoccupied, from approximately Park Avenue to Court Street. We invite you to join us by agreeing to be one of these locations and allow one or more of the event activities to be housed at your facility.
The event is intended to inform the community and beyond regarding all that 5th Street has to offer. For property owners and businesses, in particular, whether existing businesses or available locations for new commercial or residential occupants, the event can showcase your property and its current/potential uses. An event map will highlight participating locations and activities, and we will encourage folks to walk the length of the event route by incorporating a treasure hunt for children (attended by an adult) and including informative, fun, and diverse activities all along the way.
For more information, contact: Cindy Sommers, Interim Executive Director, LNDF (434) 846-6964
Here is an opportunity for your family, business, or organization to become a permanent part of the revitalization of historic 5th Street. By reserving a lasting place on the main walkway, you can help fund the revitalization of our community. Your personalized brick will be used as a border for the tree wells along historic Fifth Street.
For $50 per engraved brick, you can celebrate your family’s memories or milestones, or honor an important person in your life. Each brick will incorporate your personal message, important dates, events or names of family members. Businesses or organizations can also have their names and messages permanently engraved and placed in a highly visible area used by the entire community.
Complete the order form (click here to download). For each $50 contribution, you can buy a customized, engraved, commemorative brick (4" x 8") with a three-line message. Each of these lines consists of 15 characters across (spaces and punctuation marks are considered characters). Don’t delay! Take advantage of this exciting opportunity and order your commemorative bricks today. All commemorative brick purchases will support the Fifth Street Community Development Corporation. Standard bricks (4" x 8") cost $50 each. For all inquiries regarding your brick purchase, please contact Eddie Claiborne at (434) 239-8732.
Click to download 5thStBrick_brochure_LR.pdf
Please note that each line of the brick can hold up to 16 characters (our brochure incorrectly says 15). If you would like 16 characters, simply add it to the end of the line on the form. We apologize for any confusion that this may have caused.
Last Updated (Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:30)
Motorists and businesses along the Fifth Street corridor will be pleased to learn that Fifth Street, between Federal and Court Streets, is now open open to two-way traffic. The current phase of construction is substantially complete with the exception of paving. The area will be subject to periodic lane closures to allow for final paving.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience during this phase of the construction,” said City Planner Tom Martin. “We know it has been inconvenient, but replacing 100 year old utilities can take time. Fifth Street is a major corridor for the City, and I think everyone will be proud to see the final results.”
The Fifth Street Phase II Project included the replacement of water, storm, and sewer lines along with improvements to the sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and handicapped ramps. The project also included tree plantings and the installation of brickwork.
As part of the area’s revitalization efforts, the Fifth Street Community Development Corporation has an ongoing program to sell commemorative bricks that can be engraved and placed in the tree wells along Fifth Street. For more information about this program, visit www.fifthstreetcdc.org.
The City of Lynchburg's Office of Economic Development, in coordination with the Department of Community Development and local firm History Tech LLC., is pleased to announce that portions of the 5th Street corridor have officially been listed on both the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. The Virginia historical designation was conferred in December 2011, and the listing on the national register was confirmed on February 8, 2012.
The 5th Street corridor represents one of Lynchburg's oldest neighborhoods. Once the hub of commerce for the African-American community prior to desegregation, 5th Street now serves as a major gateway into the downtown and midtown areas of the city. The 5th Street corridor has become a focal point of public and private redevelopment and revitalization efforts, and the federal and state historic designations will serve to not only underscore the rich history of this area, but also provide property owners access to important tax credits that can spur and support economic development.
"We pursued this historical designation as part of a multi-tiered redevelopment and revitalization strategy for the 5th Street corridor," said Marjette Upshur, Economic Development Director. "The opportunity to access historic tax credits, coupled with the corridor's Master Plan, grants to address brownfields and fund property improvements, as well as enhanced marketing of vacant properties, will all combine to significantly improve the economic climate in that area of the city."
The application for 5th Street's historic designation was made possible by a collaboration between the city's Economic Development and Community Development departments and W. Scott Smith of locally-owned History Tech, LLC. A grant from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources Cost Share Program provided a portion of the funding.
Last Updated (Thursday, 01 March 2012 19:33)