First steps underway to revive Dalton



The first steps are underway to breathe life back into the Dalton building on North Washington Avenue in downtown Pulaski.

John White, economic development director for the town, said a public hearing is planned for Tuesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. regarding conveyance of the building to the town so the town can apply for a revitalization grant to rehabilitate it.

“It’s the first step to bringing the building back,” White said of the public hearing, which will be held during Pulaski Town Council’s monthly legislative meeting, on the upper floor of the municipal building on First Street.

White said the town’s and county’s investment in North Carolina architect David Gall’s redevelopment and renewal plan for Pulaski helped show there is a sincere interest in reviving Pulaski. This helped the town obtain an EPA brownfields grant (see related story) and grant from Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to help fund redevelopment programs.

Long-term plans for the Dalton call for West Main Development to purchase it from the town, but the building has to be in public hands for a Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) grant to be available for revitalization.

“We’re working with potential occupants” for the building once it is restored, White said. He noted it would be “mixed-use” and experts in the hospitality trades are being consulted about the possibility of the two upper floors being converted into hotel use.

“This wouldn’t have happened without (current building owner) Harry Leeper and his desire to have something happen down there and the town be revitalized” White said. Leeper lives in Galax.



5 Responses to First steps underway to revive Dalton

  1. Tonya

    May 29, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Like we really need another motel here in pulaski what this place needs is a shelter for folks that have no place to call home there are shelters everywhere but here and I think it would be great and with that being said I would be more than glad to volunteer my own time to make it a success

    • Lola

      May 30, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Why don’t you open a shelter? Are you as willing to spend your own money as you are to spend mine (taxpayers)?

  2. Va Girl

    May 30, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Tonya, they are only considering the 2 upper floors. Not the entire building.

    As for a “shelter”. That’s no way to improve the town. That needs to be outside of town limits if such a thing went forward. Besides, how would it be funded? Folks about lost their minds over a few DECALS for our police department. Can you imagine the uproar over providing funds for a shelter? Donations would never be enough to do so. Especially on an ongoing basis.

    That said I grew up in Tampa. Homeless shelters caused lost of trouble where ever they were located. If you think a meth clinic draws bad problems, just wait to see what homeless shelters draw. It’s insane…not just the homeless but people wanting a place to hide/disappear will be drawn. You cannot know until you’ve had them near you, or had to work close to one. It is NOT a good thing to have in the town limits. Somewhere in the county would be more appropriate.

    In my opinion the churches should step up to bat on this one. They’re all about helping (or so I thought) but are quite silent on this matter. With the number of them for sale around here you’d think they could be used in the meantime, or donated to the cause???

  3. James W

    May 30, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Wrong Tonya. We have many people that come to Pulaski to ride the trial, visit the museum, see a show at the theatre, or just come back home to visit. A small but nice hotel downtown that would have 6 to 8 rooms would do very well and add another nice feature to a developing downtown. You suggest that we have many motels here? Other than the Budget and the Beijing, we have nothing and I really don’t believe anyone really wants to stay at either of those.

    • Pulaski Citizen

      May 30, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Agreed. I have been asked by numerous travelers about a place to dtay and I have sent them to Dublin. This would be great for the town! We are right off the interstate and peoplr stop in all the time. I’m definitely in favor!

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