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Positioning a Historic City for the Future
Staunton Economic Development Director Bill Hamilton at the new
Green Hills Industry and Technology Center
by Su Clauson-Wicker
youre as proud of your past as the City of
Staunton, Virginia, its a compliment to hear youre looking older. And that
is exactly what is happening in downtown Staunton, according to city economic development
director Bill Hamilton.
"We called it Our
Big Dig" Hamilton says. "Weve buried our utility wires, put in brick
sidewalks, and erected historical lights along our main street, Beverley. Well start
on Augusta Street this year." The city is also constructing a $3.8-million parking
garage with an exterior
designed to blend in with its historic surroundings. Staunton is in the midst of a fund
drive for the Blackfriars Playhouse, a reproduction of the theatre by the same name in
London where many of Shakespeares plays were produced. The playhouse will be home
base for the professional Shenandoah Shakespeare Company.