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Big Announcement to Renovate Building and Add Jobs


Reporter: Heather Rosenbaum | Videographer: Jonathan Merryman

Danville, VA - A lot of excitement in Danville Friday over a big economic announcement. City officials say the former Dan River Research Building will undergo a nearly fifteen million dollar renovation. Not only will this project give an abandoned building a new purpose... the renovations will also create 150 jobs.

"This is a game changer. This is making downtown bring in more jobs, more friends, more investors to our city," said Mayor Sherman Saunders.

A building that lines the Dan River has been abandoned for about the past decade. But soon, it will have tenants. It will become a fully operational building hosting the Danville Orthopedic Clinic, parts of Danville Regional Medical Center, and commercial spaces, as well as an neighboring restaurant.

"It just has a bunch of elements, the location directly on the river, overlooking the new bridge makes it very special and very interesting," said Mark Herman, President of River District Development LLC.

"I think it is great!...I think it is a new beginning for Danville," said Councilman Lee Vogler.

DRMC says they really need the space, they plan to use their floor for the residency program, hospice and home health agencies, office space, and a community education center.

"It brings our family medicine doctors closer by to Averett and it brings the medical community closer together with this one project," said Eric Deaton, CEO of DRMC.

Most of the renovations will take place inside, preserving the historical facade.

"It's always good to preserve as much history as possible. We do that a lot in Danville," said Saunders.

As patients use the building, the hope is traffic will increase to downtown, bringing in customers to the rest of the River District and investors into the city.

"It's also a win win for everyone. For the investors, for the unemployed, for the city, and for our region," said Saunders.

The plan is to have a museum inside the building, explaining its significance in history. They hope to have all construction done by the end of next year.
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