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Press Release: 6-15-2018
Community Survey Results Show Community Supports
Replacing Miners Memorial Complex

In May 2018, the City participated in a Joint Community Survey with ISD 706. This survey was conducted by the firm, School Perceptions, LLC, and the community was asked to weigh in on the School District’s operational levy, school facility projects, school district programs and a potential renovation or replacement of the City owned Miners Memorial Complex.  The survey was completed by 1,102 people, including 390 parents of Virginia Public Schools students.   Respondents favored rebuilding the municipally owned Miners Memorial Complex through a sales tax referendum of up to 1%. The survey also asked if the community would want an aquatic center included in the new Miners Memorial Complex. This option only had support from 37% of survey respondents.  

The Miners Memorial Complex, constructed in 1957-1959 at a cost of $1,244,032.00, was originally built as a basketball arena.  In 1961, sheets of ice were added and the facility was converted to an ice arena.  The Miners Memorial Complex has acted as a regional hub of activity over the last 60 years by hosting numerous weddings, concerts, and large scale events such as car shows, spaghetti feeds, live auctions, labor rallies, even the circus!  Currently, the facility hosts 30+ annual events. 

The City of Virginia has scheduled a Community Meeting to discuss the results from the Community Survey regarding the Miners Memorial Complex Renovation on JUNE 27, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Miners Memorial Building, North Room.  Members of the City Council and the Project Team will be in attendance including staff from Kraus Anderson, Isaac Sports Group, DSGW and others to discuss the results of the survey and the future of the Miners Memorial Complex. 

Start at the Heart - Downtown Virginia Study


In mid-2017, a study was commissioned through a partnership between the City, the Virginia Foundation, ReVive Virginia, the U of M Humphrey School of Business & the IRRRB to look at ways to revitalize our downtown area. 

Using the Main Street approach to revitalizing downtowns developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s as a guide, students from the U of M Humphrey School  of Business focused on downtown revitalization; the economic environment, and physical appearance of Downtown Virginia.   The study focused specifically on  the question “How can the City of Virginia improves its downtown.”   Students that completed the work have been asked to present their findings to the stakeholders.




Informational Meeting Regarding Steam Conversion - May 3, 2018

In 2018, Virginia Public Utilities (VPU) will begin to downsize its district steam system. The move will phase out steam service to residential customers in Southside and Northside neighborhoods by the end of 2021. The plan will retain a core steam district to serve the local hospital, college, high school, downtown businesses, and some homes within that geographic area.

More information about the Steam System Conversion Plan can be found at the Virginia Public Utility website at  If you have any questions about the steam system or conversion plan, please contact the Virginia Public Utilities at 218-748-7540.

City Considers Designs for Vacant Lots

The City of Virginia, along with REVIVE VIRGINIA and the Virginia Foundation have been working to create a design and theme for vacant lots in the Downtown Chestnut Corridor.

 The latest lot to be designed is the lot at 529 Chestnut Street.  Click HERE for the proposed design!