The west side of Waynesboro is growing quickly and city officials are hoping to grow up the east side of town as well.
As tourists would drive over Afton Mountain, they're greeted by dilapidated buildings. While it will take time to clean that up, the city of Waynesboro is trying to build up the road leading to Waynesboro to bring in more business.
Waynesboro City Economic Developer Meghan Williamson says, "We're now drawing from Albemarle County, Charlottesville into Waynesboro and often the 250 corridor from Afton is one of our first introductions to Waynesboro and as we try to cultivate not only the downtown but also the city as a whole. We want to make sure that’s as attractive and welcoming a corridor as possible."
Just a few small businesses line the corridor right now. The manager of the Ice Cream Shoppe, Marsha Jones, says her business would welcome others, because it would only mean good things for the city.
She says, "We would have more customers, and this is pretty much the gateway to the Shenandoah Valley, so if we could get the tourists to come this way, we could get them to check out Waynesboro and everything that we have to offer around here."
And despite the increasing growth in Waynesboro, Williamson says these shops will be different from the west end of town.
She says, "One of the things we've worked hard on is to define downtown and also the 250 corridor as more of a tourism attraction, an arts and cultural development. Really something that stands on it's own compared to the high end retail development going on on the west end."
There are zoning regulations that must pass the state before new businesses will begin moving in. Williamson estimates it won't happen until next year.