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This map from Rockingham County of the Urban Development Area is frequently updated, and provides helpful updates on the status of each project currently under development (or nearing development) in this growth area just southeast of the City of Harrisonburg.
Current updates include....
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Apparently our area has an unmet need of high end rental properties, as The Reserve at Stoneport will be expanding their community off of Port Republic Road near Sentara RMH Medical Center.
Current Community: 168 apartments
Planned Expansion: 240 apartments
Per the developer, the current inventory of apartments are 98 to 99 percent full, and the first apartments in the new phase will be available in late 2017.
Rental rates will range from $985 - $1735 per month, and there were be even more one-bedroom units in the new phase....
Don't miss Harrisonburg's SVBA Home Show this weekend!
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PMLearn all about the MANY fun activities happening at this year's home show here.
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Moseley Architects has released a planning study recommending that a new jail be built at the site shown above, located in the City of Harrisonburg.
Before we get to the details of this potential new facility, you may want to read up on this issue at Old South High....
A $60 million new jail by the landfill that's projected to reach capacity in seven years is the plan to fix overcrowding – that is, if it's actually a real plan at allNow, a few snippets about the proposed new facility, from today's Daily News Record article provide some insight into what this facility would be used for....
According to the planning study, the annex would "primarily be a minimum security, treatment and program based building" with 315 beds.A bit about the costs of the proposed new jail....
The total cost of the project is estimated at more than $63.26 million, half of which would come from the state and the rest split between the city and county.And it's possible future expansion....
The cost includes a possible future expansion of the new facility to accommodate an additional 385 beds — for a total of 700 — estimated to cost $5.78 million.And the timing of this potential project....
Officials aim to submit a corrections study to the state by the end of the year. With state approval expected to take roughly a year, officials are hoping to receive state funding for construction in 2016.Read more in today's Daily News Record article....
Jail Study Recommends New Building
Daily News Record, November 21, 2014
Doesn't this look like fun? You too can build a monstrous structure out of cans in this international charity competition called canstruction.
This event will take place in April at the Shenandoah Valley Builders Association's Home & Garden Show.
After the canstruction (get it? construction with cans) is complete, all of the food will be donated to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
More details will be announced soon. If you are interested in having a team or being a sponsor of the event, please contact Charles Hendricks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can monitor progress on Harrisonburg's New City Hall (rendering above) online -- including viewing up to date construction photos.
Click here to view the project updates.
This project is scheduled to be complete in Fall 2015. An update as of September 16th follows....
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Construction is booming on Port Republic Road in the vicinity of the Sentara RMH Medical Center, to include....
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Kensington Model (22' wide): floor plans -- starting at $289,990
Manchester Model (24' wide): floor plans -- starting at $294,990
Townhouses are under construction at Preston Lake, anticipated to start in the $280K price range. I took a quick ride through Preston Lake yesterday to see how things are looking....
The townhouses have been delivered! Well, at least the walls have. The townhouses will apparently be built with pre-framed walls.
If you haven't already seen it, this is Preston Lake's model home.
The upgraded entrances to Preston Lake are certainly looking good.
There is even a new wall along Massanetta Springs Road that provides a bit more definition to the community.
Finally, construction is almost complete on the bridge across the end of the expanded lake.
For more information about Preston Lake, feel free to email me at scott@HarrisonburgHousingToday.com or call me at 540-578-0102.
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Researchers are working on 3D printer that could construct a 2500 square foot home in 24 hours. Wow!
Read more here:
The Answer to Affordable Housing Could Lie Within a 3D Printer
Construction is underway on a new model home at Heritage Estates, a 55+ community on Garbers Church Road adjacent to Heritage Oaks Golf Course.
If you, or your parent(s) are considering a move and would be looking for a low maintenance home in a community with a swimming pool and friendly neighbors, let's meet over at the new model home at Heritage Estates so I can tell you a bit more about the community.
Drop me a line at scott@HarrisonburgHousingToday.com or call me at 540-578-0102.
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I'm not sure if we call this on campus or off campus housing, but JMU is building a new residence hall on West Grace Street that will feature approximately 507 beds, various student life spaces, classrooms, seminar spaces, administrative offices, and other support spaces.
Read more via The Breeze here.
Brinks Home Security seems to have re-invented the door knob.
Click here to learn more via Universal Design Partners.
Downtown Harrisonburg has seen some major growth over the past eight years and there are exciting projects on the horizon. Perhaps that's why Downtown Harrisonburg was recently featured in the national publication pictured above, Main Street Now. In fact, the magazine actually features a lengthy case study highlighting the successes in downtown Harrisonburg, with quotes from Eddie Bumbaugh, Barry Kelley, Andrew Forward and John Sallah....
Click here to download the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Main Street Now to read the full story about how Downtown Harrisonburg has been transformed in recent years.
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As indicated per a recent building permit issued by Rockingham County, it seems that Neilsen Construction will be building out the first floor of SRI International's Rockingham County facility with a $2.4 million laboratory.
SRI International is located just north of the Harrisonburg City limits, you'll find yourself at the entrance to the Rockingham Center for Research & Technology, more recently identified as Innovation Village @ Rockingham.
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Click here to explore new homes for sale in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.
Let me know if you'd like details on any of these properties for sale.
Lakeview Development Corporation (who own and operate Lakeview Golf Course) are planning to build 76 townhouses and an Event Center on the edge of the golf course near the intersection of Massanetta Springs Road and Shen Lake Drive (as shown above).
According to information compiled by Rockingham County staff:
"The proposed development consists of townhouses along a curvilinear roadway that follows the topography of the site. A new access point from Massanetta Springs Road would be constructed and a traffic circle woudl be placed near the entrance to the new development."The proposed proffers offer some helpful details:
View details of the proposed rezoning and development here.
Collicello North is a new community being developed on the north end of Collicello Street (see map below) being developed as a smaller, more intimate and sustainable neighborhoods within walking distance of entertainment, recreation, shopping and public transportation.
Dean Weavers of Blue Ridge Architects explains his vision for the community:
Read more on the Blue Ridge Architects blog.
Reservoir Street is being improved / expanded in the near future, between University Boulevard and the eastern City limits. The improved road will feature:
If you are buying a home near Reservoir Street (Stonewall Heights, Avalon Woods, etc) you should:
View the Reservoir Street Improvement website for a PDF map of the new road.
P.S. Did you know that 18 buildings along Reservoir Street will be demolished to make way for the improved road?
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