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Pamela Gould reports on City Hall. You can reach her at 540-735-1972 or Robyn Sidersky reports on city schools. You can reach her at 540-374-5413 or

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Fit for a Princess?

post card image

The image above is a post card that former City Council candidate John Moss sent me back in May. Since then, the building to the far left, which was slowly falling in on itself, has been demolished by order of the city. 

Princess Anne Street takes folks from cluttered, congested U.S. 1, all the way into the Historic District. It is, as this card labels it, a gateway. The Economic Development Authority identified it as one of about a dozen city corridors ripe for redevelopment in its JumpStart report, which came out about a year and a half ago.

Now, EDA members are trying to spur business and property owners along the corridor to spruce up their buildings, and to bring them in line with a set of design guidelines the City Council approved for the corridor last summer.

Pick up Saturday’s paper for a story on this program, and a look at what’s going on with JumpStart these days. 

If you’re interested in the Princess Anne facade improvement grants, click here for some general information, and here for an application. 

If you want to read the design guidelines for this corridor, get them here.

And if you need a refresher on what JumpStart is, go here for a past story and here for the report.