Plans For Harrisonburg Ice Plant Could Revitalize Downtown

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

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 Harrisonburg.

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 crosswalks 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 walkway. When going through the ice plant, Kelley and the others found many items. They decided to use as much as they can.

"Part of the space will be for a Jewelry Museum, and there will be a small portion that will be residential, but it 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 together.

"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 he plans to embrace it.

The ice plant renovations should be completed by the end of 2014. The plan to revitalize the building is possible thanks to historical tax credits it received. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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