WSET-TV Reports on the Skyrocketing Downtown Roanoke Population

Downtown Roanoke’s population has grown from less than 100 to more than 1,200 over the past decade, according to a recent story on WSET. Our Randy Boush and Jason Fountain help explain why.

All over downtown, buildings have been converted: The Patrick Henry, The Cotton Mill and 28 Church Avenue; a set of downtown lofts managed by Randy Boush of Waldvogel Commercial Properties.

“You can get a little bit of both. You can get the urban living but we are still surrounded by the mountains so it offers a unique living experience to live in downtown Roanoke,” he said.

Boush’s colleague at Waldvogel Commercial Properties, Jason Fountain, has been a part of this momentum. Rentals really started picking up just as the nation began to fight off a great depression that forced buyers to take cover.

“People still needed a place to live. Downtown was still an attractive place to be so the rental market just took off,” said Fountain.

And more than 250 more residential units are either planned or are currently under construction.

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State Approves Friendship Retirement Community Project

The proposed Friendship Retirement Community nursing home in Southwest Roanoke County has received final approval from state health regulators. Waldvogel Commercial Properties represents Friendship Retirement Community in the purchase of the 10-acre parcel on Starkey Road.

In a written decision, Virginia Health Commissioner Cynthia Romero determined there is a public need for a 120-bed nursing home on Starkey Road to be built and operated by Friendship Retirement Community.

Friendship plans to move 120 beds from its 373-bed facility on Hershberger Road to the new location, placing residents closer to their homes and families in Southwest Roanoke County while allowing more room for those who remain at the existing home.

The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors already has approved a rezoning and special use permit. Construction is expected to be completed by March 2015.

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Friendship Retirement Community Project Gets State Nod

The proposed Friendship Retirement Community nursing home in Southwest Roanoke County has received final approval from state health regulators. Waldvogel Commercial Properties represents Friendship in the purchase of the 10-acre parcel on Starkey Road.

In a written decision, Virginia Health Commissioner Cynthia Romero determined there is a public need for a 120-bed nursing home on Starkey Road. Friendship plans to move 120 beds from its 373-bed facility on Hershberger Road to the new location, placing residents closer to their homes and families in Southwest Roanoke County while allowing more room for those who remain at the existing home.

The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors already has approved a rezoning and special use permit. Construction is expected to be completed by March 2015.

Read the full story here.