Local Ice Plant Set to Get a Face Lift

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG -- An abandoned ice plant on Liberty street in Harrisonburg is going to see new life. Plans for the plant include apartments, a museum and more. It's all in an effort to revitalize downtown Harrisburg.

Barry Kelley is one of the owners of the old Cassaco ice plant. He said, he has a new vision for it.

"We're working with the city of Harrisonburg to create a more pedestrian friendly atmosphere, walks and crossways to tie into the farmer's market as well as the parking area," said Kelley.

Some areas in the plant may go from a worn down factory to apartments.The outside may go to a nice green space and walk way. When going through the ice plant,Kelley and the others found so many items. They decided to use as much as they can.

"Part of the space will be for a Jewelry Museum..there will be a small portion that will be residential. But will be a small portion compared to the whole 113,000 square feet," said Kelley.

James Madison University will take four floors of office space in the plant. Kelly hopes to see the city and university come more together.

"There's always been an us and them type of mentality and that's beginning to change, and James Madison University and the people there have so much to offer to the community. As well as the community and it's vast agriculture background and knowledge has so much to offer James Madison," said Kelley.

Kelley said since there is so much graffiti on the walls that he might make space for the beautiful work. He said, why not embrace it?

The ice plant should be completed by the end of 2014. The plan to revitalize the building is possible thanks to historical tax credits it received.

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