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For Immediate Release

Community Enhancement Is Focus of New Department

July 06, 2017
Communications and Media

Merges multiple county services aimed at property care, maintenance

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — A countywide emphasis on the care and maintenance of Chesterfield’s aging communities is the focus of a new department the county launched this month. The Department of Community Enhancement incorporates several county services and staff to form a new unit that will encompass revitalization, grants, license inspections, redevelopment and property maintenance.

“Such efforts are sometimes called revitalization,” County Administrator Joe Casey said. “We’re calling it enhancement because we recognize that opportunities to enhance can occur countywide. A proactive approach to community enhancement means we’re working closely with neighborhoods and businesses to protect what makes Chesterfield such a desirable place to live while renewing that desirability among our aging areas.”

The department will serve as a one-stop shop for residents looking for information about rehabilitating their older homes and maintaining their properties. Services currently offered by the county that fall under this department will continue with no break during the transition. 

Initial focuses include enhancing neighborhoods, redeveloping aging commercial corridors, and working in the Northern Jefferson Davis area as part of a special plan in development for that area that will become part of the county’s Comprehensive Plan.

“We’ve worked hard for many years to make Chesterfield the place where people and businesses want to be,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Dorothy Jaeckle. “The new Department of Community Enhancement will help us remain that place by working with neighborhoods and businesses to address needs as changes occur and communities age.”

The new department will be led by Kirk Turner, former director of the Chesterfield County Planning Department. Learn more at www.chesterfield.gov/enhancement.

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