Efforts to Revitalize The Ice House in Downtown Harrisonburg are Underway

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Efforts to revitalize The Ice House in downtown Harrisonburg are underway.

In addition to apartments, the building will also house businesses, restaurants and offices.

Phase one of the project was completed within the past couple weeks and it is now being used as office space by James Madison University.

Phase two has recently begun as it will include both businesses and restaurants.

The first floor will include businesses such as a brewery, deli shop, yoga and Pilates studio and a vintage jewelry shop, to name a few.

The top two floors will have 34 apartment buildings.

Barrey Kelley, the developer of The Ice House, said these plans have been in the work for more than seven years.

They hope to have residents ready to move in this August and plan to have the entire project complete by December 31.

Kelley said this project is expected to cost about $11 million to complete.

Harrisonburg received a grant of $500,000 from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, in the hopes of revitalizing the downtown area.

"You have your work, you have your home and then you have a third place and that is a place you want to hang out and spend some time in and I think that is what we are trying to define in this ice factory, as well as in downtown Harrisonburg," said Kelley.

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