Salem will be getting $535,000 to continue its plans to renovate downtown Salem.

The governor’s office released the information Tuesday afternoon, as part of the announcement of $10.9 million in Community Development Block Grants that are going to 14 towns, cities and counties in Virginia. Salem is the only city to receive a grant. Salem City Councilmembers learned Monday night that the governor had planned a trip to Salem to make the announcement on Friday of this week, but cancelled the journey because of potential emergency conditions throughout the Commonwealth from the pending hurricane heading up the East Coast.

Apparently he had a good experience the last time,” Salem City Manager Kevin Boggess said, referring to when Northam and other officials visited Salem in April and they were treated to a visit and tasting at Olde Salem Brewing Company. Other localities are getting Community Development Block Grant money for housing rehabilitation, water and sewer projects and downtown rehabilitation. They are grants to the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Halifax, Lee, Northumberland, and Washington, and the towns of Blackstone, Chase City, Lebanon, Luray,…

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