Roanoke is working to become a destination for people near and far through the Blue Ridge Parkway, The Taubman Museum, Center in the Square and downtown living. A short distance from the heart of downtown, V.T.C. and the Research Institute are a key part of future development.
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Dean, Dr. Cynda Johnson says, "The number of new physicians who have come to town for Carilion want to be a part of the new medical school this has really raised the bar."
There are 22 research team leaders recruiting staff and bringing in a lot of money.
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Director, Dr. Michael Friedlander says, "At the moment the people we have hired in the last two years have brought in about thirty five million in grant dollars to the community."
Groundbreaking is set for this Friday May 24th for a major riverside development across the street from VTC and VTCRI. The development's name and logo will be announced and the top priority is the one hundred fifty six unit apartment building that is expected to be finished late summer of next year.
Project Manager, Aaron Ewert says, "This project would be extremely difficult to do if we didn't have this across the street."
A restaurant and coffee shop are planned along with a trolley barn. Ultimately, the goal is to have a river walk, restaurants, shopping, and a kayak launch to allow recreation to mingle with rest and relaxation.
Ewert says, "We are going to run from Reserve Avenue all the way under Walnut Street Bridge to Iron works."
Development plans are making our area even more ideal for recruiting scientists and physicians.
Dr. Friedlander explains, "It has been a easy sell to bring people here because they sense that Roanoke is changing, developing, and is moving forward."
City leaders call plans for the land a perfect connection of health care, higher education through Virginia Tech and the Roanoke River that will make this area one that everyone benefits from.
The same developers who created Rocketts Landing in Richmond are in charge of the Roanoke project.