The sound of heavy construction equipment and crumbling concrete were heard on Radford’s West Main Street as an old landmark site was demolished this week. The “Triangle Service Station” property, which serviced the automotive needs of Radford citizens for more than seven decades, is now the site of a revitalization and improvement initiative for the City of Radford.
The Economic Development Authority purchased the property earlier this month. Plans call for the space to support the needs and goals of a community open space. The project will include additional parking, sidewalk improvements, a paver surface area, lighting improvements, landscaping, ADA accessibility, a possible statue/artwork location and some seating and eating areas.
“This is a significant improvement for our West Main Street business district and our overall community redevelopment initiative,” said Radford City Manager David Ridpath. “The EDA’s overall plan for the site will be an asset to the Radford community and one we will all be very proud of.”
The EDA is working quickly to get some enhancements in place before the beginning of winter weather. Other additional improvements will be completed by the spring of 2020.
Radford Mayor David Horton said, “The improvements to West Main Street by the conversion of the old Triangle Service Station into public open space will be fantastic. A new vista for the outstanding businesses that are located in that district combined with a place for residents to gather and enjoy time with friends will greatly enhance our community. Thank you to Ralph and Jonathan Stewart who recently owned the property for entertaining the desire of the Radford EDA to improve this property. Once completed, the new space will be an asset for the entire city.”