Notable Projects

The City of Hopewell has invested $350,000 into the HDP over the last five years and has seen a return of $6,057,400 (private investment) invested into the downtown representing a 1,700% return on their capital. So, for every $1 spent by the city, the Hopewell Downtown Partnership returned $17 to the community through private investment.

 

 

City Park Grant

In partnership with Hopewell Recreation and Parks, we received a $10,000 grant to build a playground at City Park. With the help from soldiers from Fort Lee, we built a wooden ship to encourage recreation at City Park. Since this grant was received, Recreation and Parks has received additional funding and has expanded the play area at the park.

Industrial Revitalization Fund Grant

The HDP, in partnership with local non-profit, Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People (CAPUP) was awarded a $387,900 Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) grant to redevelop the historic storefront located at 238 East Broadway Avenue. The complete project invested more than $900,000 in public and private funds to develop a mixed use space that will include: a coffee shop, commercial art studios, an art gallery/event space, as well as an employment training program.

The Beacon Theatre

The redevelopment of the historic Beacon Theatre was made possible by $4,500,000 in public investments. The project was complete in January 2014.

Ignite Hopewell Grant

The Ignite Hopewell competition was funded by Ignite, a Seattle based company that is “a force raising the collective IQ and building connections in each city.” The competition consisted of a portion of community members giving five-minute presentations on projects, ideas, personal and/or professional passions. The winner of the Ignite Hopewell competition was awarded to Sara Jackson for a Summer Art Camp idea, Girl Scout Troop 3001 for their Urban Garden Idea and Faithea Flowers for her financially and physically fit service project.

Mixed Use Mixed Income Grant

Virginia Housing Development Authority awarded the HDP with a $20,000 grant to provide planning resources to pursue mixed-use development as a tool to improve the downtown district. We used the grant to conduct affordable and market-rate housing studies to plan for the redevelopment of some of the old housing stock within downtown Hopewell.

Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Grant

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields program empowers states, communities and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfield sites. A brownfield site is a property whose redevelopment may be complicated by the presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. The EPA selected the City of Hopewell for two $200,000 Brownfield assessment grants. These grants were used to conduct six Phase I& and two Phase II environment site assessments for hazardous substances as well as eight Phase I and four Phase II for environment site assessments for petroleum. The grants were used to conduct clean up planning, and support public meetings and informational materials.

Community Business Launch Grant

The Community Business Launch program was initiated by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in 2015 and pioneered in three communities including Hopewell. The program consisted of an intensive entrepreneurial bootcamp where participants learned the basics of business and writing a business plan. Then, each participant pitched their business to a set of judges and a few were selected as grant recipients to open their proposed business in downtown Hopewell. K&J Fitness was a CBL grant winner, as well as Sweet Tooth Candy (open in Little Shops on Main) and Fat Babz Donut Shop (opening mid- 2018).

Cameron Foundation Staffing Grant

The Cameron Foundation awarded the HDP with a $30,000 capacity-building grant that allowed us to hire a second staff member. “This capacity-building support from the Cameron Foundation adds momentum to the Hopewell Downtown Partnership’s work in revitalizing the city’s historic downtown area and also contributes to our investments in fostering an economically vital region,” said Cameron Foundation President J. Todd Graham. This grant allowed us to expand our promotional, fundraising and economic development capacity. Since adding an additional employee, we’ve created a new summer event series, Third Thursdays; improved upon other community events; and brought new interest and awareness to the downtown district.

Makerspace Feasibility Grant

The HDP received a $25,000 feasibility study grant and partnered with the Center for Urban and Regional Planning at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Douglass L. Wilder School of Government and Public to conduct research and analyze the potential uses of a 14,000 square foot building that’s owned by the city. The research team explored many options and concluded that a makerspace would be feasible in downtown Hopewell.

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