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State funds awarded to support restoration projects in Bedford, Covington

The "Old Yellow" school building on Longwood Avenue in Bedford has been...
The "Old Yellow" school building on Longwood Avenue in Bedford has been closed since 1989. A developer is planning to convert the space into a boutique hotel.(WDBJ)
Published: Oct. 31, 2019 at 12:04 PM EDT
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Money from the state will support two restoration projects in our region.

The town of Bedford has been awarded $400,000 from Virginia's Industrial Revitalization Fund.

The money will help pay for renovations to the "Old Yellow" school building, which has been closed since 1989. A developer is converting the space into a boutique hotel and hopes to begin work this winter.

"Every little bit helps in this multi-layered funding package the developer needs to put together, so we're very pleased that it was able to be done as a grant," said Mary Zirkle, economic development coordinator for the town of Bedford.

The city of Covington is also getting state money. They've been awarded $240,000 to support development of the Alleghany Highlands Industrial Heritage and Technology Discovery Center.

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