Local Government, Civic Affairs and Education
By May the 85-year-old Wasena Bridge demolition will get underway. At a ceremonial groundbreaking this morning Roanoke City Councilman Peter Volison says supporting Wasena neighborhood businesses during the two years there will be no connection to old Southwest is an imperative. (Volosin also recalled the community engagement process the city undertook when the Franklin Road bridge to Old Southwest was torn down and replaced in 2019.)
Roanoke County Public Schools is planning a new career and technical education center. The new school needs a name and that’s where you come in, WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno explains.
Construction on the new school replacing the Burton Center for Arts and Technology will start this summer. The process of naming it has already begun. As WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno reports you have until Friday to turn in your suggestion to Roanoke County Public Schools.
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They’re calling it Suites by T-lot! Short-term affordable housing for those needing shelter. The grand opening at the former Apple Valley Motel on Franklin Road was today. Guests are required to pay an affordable rate. The 19 rooms at Suites by T-lot! are each fully furnished with a refrigerator, microwave, television, a private bathroom and other amenities. The Least of These Ministries will also offer a shuttle three days a week to downtown Roanoke for guests that need transportation. Dawn Sandoval founded The Least of These Ministries, which has its headquarters in downtown Roanoke: