Ronceverte Riverfront Area Master Plan
SGA was retained as part of a team of consultants by the City of Ronceverte’s Economic Development Corporation for this U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funded planning and brownfields assessment effort. SGA was tasked to develop a comprehensive reinvestment strategy for the City's riverfront brownfields redevelopment district.
SGA is developing a new revitalization strategy for the town that is focused on the opportunities created by its extensive Greenbrier Riverfront. The project includes developing a master plan for the creation of Island Park, which has a mix of recreation facilities integrated into U.S. Army Corps of Engineer (ACOE) Pre-Flood Mitigation Measures. Through extensive stakeholder development and public involvement activities, SGA was able to develop a plan which addresses long standing community concerns that halted an earlier ACOE’s flood mitigation effort in the 1990s. SGA is working with elected officials and multiple federal and state agencies to advance the next phase of the proposed flood mitigation and revitalization improvements.
The project also addresses economic development opportunities in the downtown commercial district and the physical barrier created by the very active CSX rail lines running through the center of the town. SGA’s plan proposes to renovate a closed bridge span for a trail bridge integrated into new loft housing, arts incubator and an indoor and aquatic recreation complex. SGA is assisting the town in negotiations with CSX to relocate the railroad’s current maintenance facility from the historic railroad depot to a new site at the edge of town, creating the opportunity to restore the train depot as a new restaurant and farmers’ market and create a new public space and outdoor eating plaza along the town’s main street district.