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Main Street America: Every community and commercial district is different, with its own distinctive assets and sense of place. The Main Street Approach™ offers community-based revitalization initiatives with a practical, adaptable framework for downtown transformation that is easily tailored to local conditions. The Main Street Approach helps communities get started with revitalization, and grows with them over time.


The Virginia Main Street Program is a preservation-based economic and community development program that follows the Main Street Approach by the National Main Street Center. Virginia Main Street offers a range of services and assistance to communities interested in revitalizing their historic commercial districts. While the program was designed to address the need for revitalization and on-going management of smaller to mid-sized downtowns, aspects of the Main Street Approach may be applied successfully in other commercial settings.

St. Paul Main Street's aim is for downtown to once again become an attractive marketplace with renovated buildings, new streetscapes, and improved connections to its environmental resources. Downtown St. Paul will aggressively pursue retail and industrial business development to fill vacant and underutilized spaces in order to create a renewed vibrancy in downtown. The intention is for ​St. Paul to become the center of a regional economic development effort.

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2017-2027 Strategic Plan

1 Page Overview

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2017-2027 Strategic Plan

40 Pages

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2005-2017 Strategic Plan

277 Pages

The Lyric Project

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Things are happening in St. Paul and we want you to be a part of the experience! New restaurants, shops, and a hotel are bringing people to town for a visit and maybe an extended stay.  The Clinch River and Spearhead Trails have much to offer to the outdoor enthusiast, but we want more.  We want to see live music and live theatre on the stage of the Lyric Theater in downtown St. Paul.

People want to live where there are cultural arts and entertainment.  Businesses want to locate where there is a thriving downtown. The new design will have much needed conference space.  The Lyric Theater can once again be the center of our small town experience.  Your donation will help revitalize the Lyric Theater and make it a downtown destination for locals the people in neighboring towns, and visitors far and wide.

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We are happy to report these achievements:

  • $300,000 grant from Appalachian Regional Commission

  • $100,000 from Town of St. Paul

  • $53,555 in Capital Campaign

  • $35,000 in general fundraising

  • $40,000 grant from Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority

  • Frazier Associates hired as architects

  • Quesenberry Construction Company hired for Phase I work

  • Kinsey Neon and Sign Company hired to restore marquee

  • Phase I completed in October 2018

  • $18,000 grant from Virginia Main Street

  • Marquee added in July 2019

  • Additional $75,000 in general fundraising

  • Additional $200,000 grant from Appalachian Regional Commission

  • $349,600 grant from Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission

  • $550,000 grant from Department of Housing and Community Development

  • Additional $100,000 grant from Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority

  • Additional $300,000 from Town of St. Paul

  • Quesenberry Construction Company hired for Phase II work, to begin January 2021

  • $385,000 from the C. Bascom Slemp Foundation for theatre sound and lighting, and conference A/V equipment


Phase II work includes mechanical, electrical, plumbing, flooring, ceiling, partial walls, seating, general lighting, front restrooms, repaired stage floor, completed lobby, handicap accessibility.


At the end of Phase II, the stage and auditorium will be open for use. Phase III construction will continue, which includes wall finishes, completed breakout rooms, completed green room, theatrical sound and lighting, stage curtains, AV equipment. An additional $1.5 million needs to be raised to complete Phase III.


Every dollar counts!


Donations may be made through PayPal Giving or to PO Box 375 St. Paul, VA 24283. A tax receipt will be sent to you.


Ad Hoc Committee for Lyric Theater Revitalization

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