New mural unveiled in Northwest Roanoke

Artwork kicks off upcoming renovation to 11th Street

ROANOKE, Va. – A mural in northwest Roanoke was unveiled Sunday after more than a month of work.

The mural is on the side of a building on 11th Street. It's supposed to kick off revitalization efforts in the area after concerns about a rise in violent incidents. Artist Kamila Love hopes her work will bring hope to the neighborhood.

"I think it's just the first step of beautifying this community, because a lot of things are going to be fixed up for the future, so that is just like here we are, let's do something about this community," said Love.

The mural was sponsored by the Peacemakers organization and Roanoke City council member John Garland. Garland plans to turn the building into a new community center with stores on the first floor and residential living above.