Article published at WSLS.com on March 2, 2016.
Partners throughout the New River Valley are working to breathe life back into an old landmark.
The old Prices Fork Elementary School used to be a community hub, but it has sat vacant for several years.
Now, more than 20 organizations and localities have come together to create the Prices Fork Food Initiative.
This will convert the school into 32 housing units. These will be a mix of affordable housing and market rate housing. Some will be seniors only, and others will not have an age restriction.
There will also be a farm-to-table restaurant, a commercial kitchen to help local farmers launch small businesses and a craft brewery.
However, all of this relies on a $2.5 million grant from the state. The other partners have pledged another $2.5 million. Final word on the grant is expected in three weeks. If the money is denied, the team will come together to form a new plan.