Like many small cities with historic downtowns, there comes a time when a revitalization is needed. Now is that time for Downtown Hopewell. Recently designated as a Main Street community by the State Department of Housing and Community Development, Hopewell now joins the ranks of other Main Street communities such as Staunton, Culpepper, and Harrisonburg who have successfully employed the Main Street Program to re-invent and revitalize their historic downtown districts. Click here to learn more about the Main Street program and its preeminence as one of the most successful economic development models across the country!
Since the City’s downtown development plan in 2003 and the Main Street designation in 2011, downtown Hopewell is becoming re-awakened. The City has invested close to $15 Million dollars in the form of new streetscapes, the re-opening of the Beacon Theatre, a beautiful new library, remodeled Marina and a public-private partnership in the redevelopment of the Butterworth warehouse into the Butterworth Lofts.
MORE THAN $2M INVESTED IN OUR COMMUNITY
Since Main Street designation, the Hopewell Downtown Partnership (Hopewell’s Main Street organization) has helped spur nearly $2 million in public and private investment in downtown in only a couple years. From new festivals to major property redevelopments and rehabs, downtown Hopewell is beginning to make a comeback. We invite you to be a pioneer, get in on the ground floor, and find out why we say Hopewell Downtown, History in the Making.
• Recent façade renovations
• CBL $100,000 Grant from Governor
• Industrial Revitalization Grant for one of downtown’s largest blighted properties
• New Events and Festivals: Butts on Broadway ; Farmer’s Market ; Ignite Hopewell
• New Downtown Light Pole Banners
• Recent Press (google “Hopewell Downtown Partnership”)
IT IS HOPEWELL’S TIME
While in some areas, the jobs market may be shrinking, in Hopewell and the Tri-Cities region, the market is actually expanding. Consider the recent expansion of Amazon into nearby Chester and Dinwiddie. The opening and full operation of the state-of-the-art ethanol plant in Hopewell, the expansion of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing in nearby Prince George which houses the likes of Rolls Royce, Cannon, and Airbus.
Additionally, Ft. Lee, which is located halfway in Hopewell and halfway in Prince George County, is one of the largest military bases in the country! The customer and employment market is large, and the region is just waiting for the right businesses to unlock its potential.