Glenwood was built in 1948 on 6.3 acres and has 28,000 square feet. The school closed in 2013. W. Townes Lea was built in 1962 on about 10.03 acres. The building is 37-thousand square feet in the Ferry Road area. It closed in 2012.
“The IDA, in my view, has an excellent track record of taking these facilities and making them a good use for our city.” Saunders said.
Etchison says they also hope to create a space to mark the history of the unique Almagro neighborhood.
In other news from the Thursday, Oct. 7 city council meeting, council members voted let a family to operate a de facto community center out of their home. Nadine Etchison applied for a special use permit to use her house on Walters Street as a community facility that can also be used an outdoor gathering space.
Danville City Council has voted to transfer the former W. Townes Lea and Glenwood Elementary Schools to the Industrial Development Authority (IDA). The IDA and the city’s economic development team will now get to market the properties.
The IDA has successfully marketed and sold several industrial properties in the city the past decade. Councilman Sherman Saunders is excited about the possibilities.
Danville Treasurer Sheila Williamson-Branch told council that her office received its accreditation from the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia (TAV) on June 22, 2021. The Office Accreditation Program is a voluntary professional certificate program overseen by the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia. Seventy-one treasurer’s offices received accreditation this year.
In other council notes:
*Approved an ordinance to accept $18,570 from Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Selective Enforcement – Alcohol Grant Program. *Approved an ordinance accepting $9,100 from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Office Selective Enforcement for a Speed Grant Program.
*Approved an ordinance accepting $5,250 from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Office Selective Enforcement for the Occupant Protection Grant Program. *Approved an ordinance accepting a $102,200 grant from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management in an Amount of $102,200 for Equipment Upgrades to the Emergency Management Shelter. The local share will be $37,200.
*Approved resolutions appointing Alonzo L. Jones to the Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority; Amanda Oakes to the Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority; Pat Daniel to the Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority; George Davis to the River District Design Commission; Fred O. Shanks to the Airport Commission; and Marva Tutt to the Danville Community Policy & Management Team as the Danville Schools representative. *Sold a parcel on Lee Street to help with a streetscaping effort.
*Approved the first reading of an ordinance accepting $115,360.91 from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management for Extrication Equipment for Three Fire Trucks. This requires a local match of $11,536.09.
*Approved the first reading of an ordinance accepting $1,245,901 from Housing and Urban Development Funds as part of the Community Development Block Grant Program. *Approved a Special Use Permit for an Accessory Building or Accessory Use for Trinity United Methodist Church on Arnett Boulevard. They want to operate a 24-hour pick-up pantry in a small building they’ll put up next to the church.