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Roanoke Construction Projects Move Forward Despite Snow

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West End Village Station expected to open in May West End Village Station expected to open in May
The Bridges Development moves forward after snow delay last week The Bridges Development moves forward after snow delay last week
The West End Community Center project is on target to open in May as planned.  Crews wanted to have the building under roof by winter so snow would not disrupt construction.  Freedom First Credit Union is a big part of the revitalization plan for the area.  The community center which is named West End Village Station will also have a community kitchen and farmers market. 

West End Center Director, Joy Parrish says, "We are excited about the progress and expect everything to be open for spring." 

Plans for the community center were modeled around the appearance of a train station to reflect the railroad history and heritage of the Roanoke Valley.

Preserving historic significance is also a major part of The Bridges development across from The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute.  The project is now part of a new Roanoke River and Railroad Historic District designation.  Receiving historic designation for the project will allow developers to receive tax credits and will ensure the authenticity of the current structures on the site.

Project Manager, Aaron Ewert says, "The snow basically shut down Roanoke last week, so it slowed us down a little too.  Crews spent the weekend shoveling snow and we are back to work now."

In addition to a 157 unit apartment complex, a restaurant and coffee shop will occupy a structure that is about sixty seven hundred square feet in size.  Final details are being worked out with the coffee shop and a final visit from a regional restaurant chain was put on hold because of last week's snow.

All of the progress comes as Carilion Clinic plans to utilize the Ivy Market space and Market Street in downtown Roanoke is back open. 




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