“We have a wonderful thriving [urban] hub in Lynchburg,” Lucas said. “This is an opportunity to put our arms around each other.”
Finding future uses for the site that includes more than 90 buildings, three cemeteries and a capped landfill is crucial in preventing blight and a drain on resources from Amherst County and the state, Lucas said.
“This is an ultra-marathon,” she said of the process that is expected to take years. “This is very long term.”
Denise Woernle, the alliance board of director’s chair-elect, said the region has a unique opportunity with the site to create a vision for the future.
“Land adjacent to the training center provides development opportunities beyond the potential redevelopment of the site,” Woernle said.
Gary Christie, executive director of the Central Virginia Planning District Commission, said a target advisory group has been formed to create an engaged and unified voice for the site’s future and give input.
Del. Wendell Walker, R-Lynchburg, said the site could have potential as a future residential community or a retirement center, along with other possible uses, and he sees the redevelopment plan as a smart move to find the best way forward.
“This could be a great opportunity for Central Virginia,” Walker said.