Downtown landmark revived by redevelopment

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Posted: August 16, 2014

The Winchester Star

Winchester Mayor Elizabeth Minor speaks Friday afternoon at the ceremony for the completed Taylor Hotel project. The project required a public-private collaboration, as well as the city working with a federal government department.
People gather to watch officials take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Taylor Hotel project. The combination of historic tax credits, federal and state grants and private investment allowed for the redevelopment of the former hotel.
City Manager Eden Freeman speaks at the event. Freeman cited the collaboration on the former Taylor Hotel redevelopment as a standard for future city projects.
Ronnie J. Legette, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Planning and Development field office director, speaks Friday afternoon at the ceremony for the completed Taylor Hotel project. The site was condemned by the city as blight in 2010, but has now been redeveloped for use as residential, commercial and outdoor event space.
Stephanie Darnall (left), of Clear Brook, and Stephanie Hicks, of Cross Junction, walk to lunch in December 2012 on the walkway beside the former Taylor Hotel on the Loudoun Street Mall. The midsection of the building partially collapsed in October 2007 and was demolished to make way for the outdoor pavilion space with a farmers market and performance stage.

winchester — The redevelopment of the former Taylor Hotel site was arduous and time intensive, but from the accounts of those involved, the end result was worth all the effort.

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