West Main Street Development, LLC. (WMSD) has joined forces with Virginia Tech to create architectural visions to breathe new life in the Town of Pulaski’s downtown area.
A reception was held Wednesday afternoon at the Tye Kirkner house on 132 Third St. NW to showcase the work done by VT architecture students envisioning new designs for downtown buildings. The Tye Kirkner house, which was turned into a bed and breakfast just days before being condemned in March, is a testament to WMSD’s mission, according to Steven Critchfield with WMSD.
“What we’re trying to do, from West Main’s side, is to start doing things like this to get the dialogue started on what Pulaski can be,” said Critchfield. “The main thing we want is to start revitalizing downtown.”
Critchfield went on to say that WSMD is already working on rehabbing older downtown buildings for new purposes.
Currently, a group of eight to 12 people are working on bringing downtown back, the first of which was Cathy Stripling, who turned around the Tye Kirkner House. The next project WMSD will take on will be bringing in a New Orleans style café and coffee shop, Critchfield said.
At the reception, new architectural designs from 17 VT students were displayed for the public to view. Multiple town officials, including members from the Pulaski town council, came to view the work.
For the rest of this article purchase a copy of the print edition or subscribe to our E-Edition here http://www.etypeservices.com/The%20Southwest%20TimesID108/