From the Community Design Assistance Center (CDAC) webpage: “The Community Design Assistance Center was established in 1988 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education program.
The two main goals of establishing the center were to provide underserved communities in southwest Virginia with low-cost planning and design assistance and to provide landscape architecture, architecture, planning, and building construction students with an opportunity for paid experience related to their future careers that also taught students about participatory design and planning processes.”
St. Paul’s Riverside Drive was once the hub of activity and commerce. Today, with changes to the town, including a bypass highway and reduced rail service, the area is underutilized and has largely fallen into disrepair. The community was interested in a redevelopment plan that would spruce up the town’s entrance and invite commerce into the historic downtown. The plan includes connections to adjacent parks and outdoor recreation opportunities.