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MANASSAS, Va. – The City of Manassas has received the Award of Excellence from the Virginia Downtown Development Association for the Main Street Streetscapes project completed in October 2013. This project widened narrow sidewalks on Main Street to allow for outdoor dining and improved pedestrian access. Brick crosswalks were added to intersections and 19 trees were planted to enhance the beauty of the street.

“My wife and I love the outside dining and pedestrian friendly nature of Historic Downtown Manassas,” said City Manager W. Patrick Pate. “We hope that residents and visitors will take advantage of our revitalized downtown and enjoy some outside dining and shopping, or take in a summer concert.”

The City’s Public Works Department worked with contractor Rhodeside and Harwell to complete the project on time and on budget. This project was part of the City’s Capital Improvement Program and complemented an earlier streetscape along Battle Street and the City Square Walkway project.

This award recognizes excellence in physical design projects and planning related to revitalization districts such as streetscapes, public improvements, window displays, parking areas, wayfinding, parks and preservation, and design guidelines. The Virginia Downtown Development Association is an independentassociation that focuses on the importance of Virginia’s downtowns and supports and promotes leadership in downtown revitalization throughout the Commonwealth.