Collision Course: Historic Denton Building and the Proposed Judicial System Expansion

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Collision Course: Historic Denton Building and the Proposed Judicial System Expansion


December 19, 2019 — As you may be aware, the historic Denton Building and the proposed judicial system expansion pose a potentially major impact to Downtown Harrisonburg. At Harman Realty, we support our friends at the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance and their efforts to explore other options by working closely with the City of Harrisonburg. Next year, they are partnering on a downtown master planning process that will include a public venue for discussion.

In a recent email correspondence, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance shared the following:

HDR appreciates that so many people are interested in learning more about the proposed judicial system expansion and its potential impact on downtown. For much of this year, we have been having a lot of meetings to uncover more information. We’d like to share what we know with you.

At this time, the Denton Buildings are the preferred option for court and office space expansion. In looking at concept plan drawings and floor layouts, it appears the preferred path forward would require their demolition.

CEO & Principal Broker Harman Realty, Inc. Randy L. Harman

This October, CEO & Principal Broker of Harman Realty, Inc. published an article entitled “Dear Harrisonburg” which address the Historic Denton Building and other Downtown Harrisonburg related topics.

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We are optimistic that other options could be explored as thoroughly as the Denton parcels have been. Fortunately, it is early in the process and not too late to look at redeveloping municipally owned sites and other properties. What’s more, next year HDR will partner with the City of Harrisonburg on a downtown master planning process, which will offer a public venue for discussions about our community’s vision for the future and how judicial expansion can be accommodated in a way where its location and design can contribute to downtown’s revitalization.

HDR and so many of our supporters who have been in touch feel very strongly that demolishing the historic Denton buildings and losing a vibrant and thriving arts-business and affordable apartments are counter-intuitive to best practices in urban planning. Here are a few things you can do:

Please Save the Date:
You are invited to attend a community informational session on Jan. 21 at 6 pm at Hotel Madison. HDR and Dr. Carole Nash will take a look at the historical context of Liberty Street and Court Square, how they have been shaped over time, potential alternative options to the Denton site, and how a collaborative approach can accommodate the various needs downtown and align with best practices for downtown revitalization.

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