The Callao Revitalization Project moved a step closer to fruition Thursday night as two dozen people met for a “visioning” session.
The session was designed to find out what the people of Callao want the town to be lke in 10 years so that the project’s facilitator, Neal Barber can draft a “Vision Statement” to be submitted to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development seeking money for the next step in the process. If the “vision” meets the department’s approval, the next funds would be for experts to analyze the town and what would actually have to be done to achieve the vision.
Northern Neck Planning District Commision Director Jerry Davis introduced Barber and noted that Barber has served as the director of the department in the past. He has also shepherded a number of localities through the revitalization process.
Barber asked those at the meeting to assess Callao’s strengths. The list was impressive. As grocer Bob Burgess noted, the town has pretty much anything a person might need within walking distance, including, among other things, a doctor, banks, restaurants, a grocery store, a pharmacy and gas stations. It also has a local marina and a public boat landing and is on the area’s kayak and bicycle trails. Businessman David Fine said the town’s location is a prime asset …
Read more in the February 3 edition of the Northumberland Echo.