Harrisonburg’s Downtown Streetscape Project

Main Street Streetscape

Main Street Streetscape

WHAT IT IS:  The Harrisonburg Main Street Streetscape project is part of Harrisonburg’s ongoing efforts to revitalize its downtown by investing in the downtown infrastructure.

WHEN WILL IT BE DONE: Construction is slated for completion by December 2014!

WHERE WILL THE IMPROVEMENTS BE MADE: See the photo above.   The sidewalk and hardscape areas will be improved from Bruce Street all the way to Court Square.   This will create a more pedestrian friendly corridor and further enhance the downtown we know and love.

For more information on the Main Street Streetscape project, visit their “Next Steps” page.

Collins Center moving to the Ice House!

Executive Director Melissa Fisher signs the Collins Center’s new lease for the Ice House

Executive Director Melissa Fisher signs the Collins Center’s new lease for the Ice House

Matchbox Downtown is thrilled to announce The Collins Center has moving to the Ice House!   As described on the its website, the Collins Center “is a grassroots organization that began over twenty years ago…which currently reaches nearly 4,000 people through its prevention outreach annually, and serves men, women and children through its therapy program.”
The Collins Center rounds out a dynamic office community at the Ice House which also includes Evans Law Group, Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board, and Shenandoah Valley Organic.

 

More information, including a full release of the Ice House’s tenant roster coming early next week!

City Council approves Conference Center finance structure

In a historic move, City Council voted 3-2 in favor of Hotel Madison, a new hotel and conference center in Downtown Harrisonburg!   The site will host 205 rooms and over 20,000 square feet of conference center space.   Expected completion of the site is slated for 2016.

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Here at Matchbox Downtown, we are thrilled to see continued investment in our community.   Adding 200+ hotel beds should have a significant impact on the businesses, restaurants, and projects that have come to define this town.

For more information, you can view the video of City Council’s October 14th meeting here.

 

Rocktown Beer Festival is This Weekend at Turner Pavilion

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For tickets to the event, click here.    Weather is expected to be mid 70s without a cloud in the sky.   Where else would you rather be?

Harrisonburg International CommUNITY Celebration begins next week!

From an outsider’s perspective, Harrisonburg may not seem to be the most diverse place in the world.   But after living here, you soon realize the breadth of cultural diversity that shapes the lives of Harrisonburg residents.   This diversity is reflected everywhere from restaurants to churches to art, and makes Harrisonburg what it is today.

Beginning Monday, September 22nd running through Sunday October 5th Harrisonburg will celebrate its international community through a series of events kicking off with JMU International Week, featuring the Explore More Museum’s: One World Exhibit and closing the Latino Film Festival at Court Square Theater.

 

You can see a full list of events here.

Three Notch’d celebrates at Urban Exchange this weekend!

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Three Notch’d Brewery (241 East Market Street) will have a Welcome Back celebration this Saturday, August 30th!   The celebration will feature several food trucks and bands, and they’re even offering Buy 1, Get 1 free on your first pint for all Urban Exchange residents!   Sounds like a friendly neighbor to me.

So if you’re in the neighborhood on this upcoming beautiful Saturday afternoon and feel like dancing, eating, or drinking, this is probably a good place to visit!

Ice House apartment move-ins today!

Perhaps you’ve seen the active construction zone on Liberty Street, across from the Farmer’s Market.   The Ice House project is well underway and we have our first residential tenants moving in today!

There are 34 apartments in total consisting of studios and one bedroom units.   The Ice House is currently 100% leased, but make sure to check in with Matchbox if you are interested in being a member of this cool community next year!

Check out the photos below which show these one of a kind units in all their glory.

Ice House Exterior

The residential sections (top 2 floors) are complete, but there is still a lot going on in the commercial spaces!

 

Window Screens

From the outside, it looks solid, up close it looks like a screen step back a few feet and you can’t even see the screen!

 

Ice House Bathroom

Ice House Bathroom

Ice House Studio Apartment

Ice House Studio Apartment

Ice House Kitchen

Ice House Kitchen complete with a large butcher block island!

Ice House Apartment

A few lucky tenants get a little original exposed brick to enjoy!

Ice House 1 bedroom

The one bedrooms let the air flow with the open ceilings.

Ice House Studio

Ice House studio with a great view looking down Liberty Street!