Blacksburg and Montgomery County leaders agree to meet about old middle school property
By Bethany Teague, New River Valley Reporter - bio | email
BLACKSBURG - The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors and Blacksburg Town Council meet for the first time in more than a year to talk about the future of the old Blacksburg Middle School property.
The county owns most of the land, but the town holds a few parts of the roughly 20-acre area off Main Street. The Board of Supervisors signed a contract with developers Modea and Fiddler's Green, but Town Council says they will not make a deal until the developers agree to build commercial facilities on the Main Street side. Both parties say now that they are negotiating again, they are optimistic about reaching an agreement.
Board of Supervisors chair Bill Brown says, "By knowing each other's position on the possible development of that land, that gives us some framework to talk about moving forward and how we're going to move forward."
Chair Brown says the county will now likely speak with the developers about making changes to their current plans. In the meantime, the town and the county agreed to continue meeting together until a deal is reached.