Saltville, VA: Conceptual Town Connectivity Plan and Town Shop Site Conceptual Redevelopment Plan
Gilboy, Elizabeth Truex
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Over the past several years, the Town of Saltville has continued to focus on revitalizing and diversifying the community’s economic framework following the closure of Olin Chemical Corporation and Titan Wheel. Despite having unique attractions such as the Museum of the Middle Appalachias, wave pool, and the Salt Trail, limited local lodging options remain a challenge in local planning and economic development efforts. In addition, the former Town Shop property, which is a key property for possible redevelopment, is likely contaminated and in need of an environmental assessment based on historical uses of the property. The goal of this project is to create a town-wide trail linkage master plan that depicts how to increase and improve connectivity between attractions, determine possible locations for lodging options, create a conceptual design for the re-use of the former Town Shop property, and improve quality of life in Saltville by supporting the town’s economic and environmental sustainability efforts.