• Rotary Year: 2013-2014
  • Application Date: 4/15/2013
  • Club Name: Martinsville
  • Project Name: IMPROVEMENT OF A MAJOR THOROUGHFARE INTO UPTOWN MARTINSVILLE
  • Project Total Expenditures: $6,000.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $3,000.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: The City of Martinsville has attempted in recent years with success to improve the appearance of uptown Martinsville using wayfinding signs, new building facades, plantings, and other techniques. In 2010, the Historic Martinsville-Henry County Courthouse opened to the public following an historic renovation and this structure anchors the uptown in history and beauty. However, one access point to the uptown begins at the northeast edge of town and passes by the rear of the Courthouse. While indeed the front of the Courthouse is highly attractive and a wonderful centerpiece, the rear of the building is distracted by a lengthy concrete retaining wall complete with peeling paint.

    NEED: The rear of the MHC Courthouse welcomes visitors to our town, but requires improvement to complement the existing beauty of the front of the building. A need exists to provide an attractive space for arrival into the Uptown.

    PROPOSAL: The Rotary Club of Martinsville and the Uptown Martinsville Rotary propose to partner and improve the appearance of the retaining wall and augment the beauty of the area using plantings of shrubs and perennial flowers established in rock-lined planting beds. A sign identifying the Courthouse and that the beautification project is supported by Rotary will be highly visible to all entering the uptown from the northeast entrance.
  • This is the Club’s: Primary Project Application
  • Expected Start Date: 9/9/2013
  • Expected End Date: 5/2/2014
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: The improvements of this major thoroughfare into Martinsville will provide a sense of pride to the community. It will also instill a good first impression to visitors. These visitors will include tourists interested in the history and cultural assets of Martinsville, as well as potential employees and and others involved in the economic redevelopment of the Uptown.

    The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society is a local 501(c)3 housed in the Courthouse with its offices, public exhibits, event spaces, and collections. The structure anchors the cultural awareness of the Uptown. Continued improvement of the grounds will eliminate an eyesore at a very public area.
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Initial work: Rotarians will first work to improve the appearance of the retaining wall. Work will begin in September 2013. One month is anticipated. Scraping of old paint and adding new paint (color selection in collaboration with the MHC Historical Society Board of Directors) will be the first level of physical improvement.

    During October-November 2013, the mulch line will be established at the base of the retaining wall, and stone planters built up. All planters will be filled with appropriate top soil. Four of the eight planters will receive a shrubbery.

    March-May 2014, Perennial flowers will be planted. The sign and feature (bench and trellises) will be installed. These elements will invite students and employees from the adjacent New College Institute to use the attractive space

    SUSTAINABILITY: 3 rain barrels will be established at the rear of the Courthouse and will resemble old wooden barrels to match the historic scene. The barrels will be fixed to existing roof drainage to supply ample water at no cost to the Historical Society, and used to sustain the plantings as weather dictates.

    A report on the use of the District Matching Grant will be prepared.

    Ongoing: Rotarians will periodically visit the site to water the beds, prune shrubberies as needed, weed, and maintain the mulch.

  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: PUBLICITY PLAN:

    Social Media: Both Clubs will promote the ongoing work via Facebook and Twitter.

    Web sites: Both Clubs will promote on their web sites.

    Newspaper: A press release will be submitted as the project is announced, and as the project is completed.

    Signage: A Rotary sign will be established on the retaining wall, as will a small plaque will identify Martinsville and Martinsville Uptown Clubs as the participants.

    Four Way Test: A small plaque will accompany the Bench/Trellis that will give the Four Way Test.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society and its CEO and Board of Directors.
  • Letter(s) of Participation: Letter of support from partner 2013.jpg
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadPaint $450
    Rain Barrels and hardware $650
    Shrubberies $250
    Flowers $100
    Landscape stone and mortar $1250
    Mulch $650
    Topsoil $250
    Stone bench $1200
    Trellises (2) $900
    Rotary sign and plaques $300
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadRequested District Grant Amount: $3000
    Martinsville Rotary contribution $1500
    Martinsville Uptown Rotary contribution $1500
  • Budget Upload:Martinsville 2013-2014 grant.xls
  • Primary Contact Name: Joe Keiper
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: President Elect
  • Primary Contact Email: joe.keiper@vmnh.virginia.gov
  • Primary Contact Phone: 216-904-9824
  • Financial Contact Name: Jim Sells
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Treasurer
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    1079B Spruce Street
    Martinsville, VA 24112
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  • Financial Contact Email: jsells@sellshoggjones.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: (276) 638-3904
  • District Grant Project Authorization LetterProject Authorization Martinsville 2013.jpg
  • Project Supporting Uploads:Rear of Courthouse as it is now April2013.jpg
  • Grant Number: 1314-25
  • Grant Award: $3,000.00