Community Planning Partners is now Summit Design and Engineering as of June 1, 2018

RICHMOND, V.A., June 1 2018 – Summit Design & Engineering, PLLC (“Summit”) announced its acquisition of Richmond-based Community Planning Partners, Inc. (CPP), a leader in comprehensive community and development planning, as part of its growth plan to enhance Summit’s service offerings and further expand its reach in Virginia. With Summit’s office in South Boston and its future location in Franklin, Virginia, the new Richmond location will serve as the primary office in the state.

Headquartered in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Summit is known for its experience, quality and service in engineering, architecture and survey. By bringing on CPP’s expertise and services, Summit now offers clients a full range of services and can carry out any project of any scale from beginning to end.

CPP collaborates with Draper Aden for brewery/taphouse concept

Recently Community Planning Partners collaborated with Draper Aden Engineering toconceptualize the adaptive reuse of a long-vacant factory building on Greene Street in Lynchburg for the Economic Development Office of the City of Lynchburg.  CPP quickly created SketchUp concepts over a 2-week time span so that Lynchburg’s Economic Development staff could take them to a brewery convention to generate interest in the rehabilitation of this building as a brewery/taphouse with a tasting room, a facility to hold events in a second structure on the site, and a large courtyard for outdoor events.

Grant to elevate homes in flood-prone areas in Mathews County

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors is preparing to submit an application to request up to $1.5 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant funds from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, according to a press release from the county’s planning and zoning department.

The funds are provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will help pay to elevate houses that have been identified as being at risk for future damage from storm-related activities.

Funds available for Pulaski neighborhood damaged by 2011 tornado

Nearly five years ago, a tornado ripped through Pulaski. Since then homeowners have worked to rebuild their homes. Janet Jonas of Community Planning Partners has worked to provide relief to homeowners through the management of a neighborhood revitalization project funded by Community Development Block Grant funds. The largest lump sum grant for the relief effort became available in August, at $1,000,000. Applications for assistance are currently being solicited from homeowners. 

'The New' Theater Renovation Underway in Downtown Keysville

'The New' Theater Renovation Underway in Downtown Keysville

Local man Rusell B. Clark has begun the process of renovating 'The New' theatre opened by his father in 1937. The theatre was wildly popular during its heyday, but as time went on people began to lose interest. Now, 60 years later, Mr. Clark hopes to revive the theatre to its former glory.

This project is taking place  in the heart of Downtown Keysville, which is currently in the midst of a CDBG-funded downtown revitalization project. 

Galax 'Bottom' Area Project Succeeds in Keeping Residents Dry

Galax 'Bottom' Area Project Succeeds in Keeping Residents Dry

The Bottom Area Project, which is currently about 90 percent complete, utilized $1.4 million in Department of Housing and Community Development Grant funds coupled with Virginia Department of Transportation funds to both renovate and replace qualifying homes in the Bottom as well as replace an aging drainage system which could no longer handle the volume of water that collected in the Bottom during periods of heavy rainfall. Recent storms have put the project to the test, and residents were relieved to notice a significant improvement in drainage in the neighborhood. 

Revitalization Efforts across Southwest Virginia Highlight Unique Assets

Revitalization Efforts across Southwest Virginia Highlight Unique Assets

Popular attractions in Galax, such as the annual Old Fiddlers' Convention, are one example of how localities across Southwest Virginia are emphasizing their unique assets to increase economic activity. 

Pinewood Heights Redevelopment Project Moves Forward

Pinewood Heights Redevelopment Project Moves Forward

Phase III of the Pinewood Heights Redevelopment project is currently underway thanks to recent CDBG funding which will allow 20 additional families to relocate out of the neighborhood, which is surrounded by hog-waste lagoons. 48 of the 82 homes in the neighborhood have been relocated since 2006.

Town of Pulaski recieves $1 million in CDBG funding

Town of Pulaski recieves $1 million in CDBG funding

The Town of Pulaski will be moving forward with a multi-year project focused on home renovations, improvements, and infrastructure updates in the Kersey Bottom and Case Knife neighborhoods, which was made possible by CDBG grant funding.