Williamsburg Mayor bestows Beautification Awards

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(Courtesy City of Williamsburg.)

The City of Williamsburg announced the winners of the Mayor’s Beautification Awards Thursday.  

According to a news release from the City, the awards honor city residents, businesses, civic organizations and neighborhoods whose contributions beautify and improve the City of Williamsburg. Categories include Business, Individual, Institutions, Architectural, Neighborhood and Service Clubs and Organizations.

The members of the Mayor’s Beautification Awards committee ainclude Leslie Bowie, Robert Grossman and Hazel Braxton. Carolyn Murphy, Director of the City’s Planning and Codes Compliance Department serves as the staff liaison. The nomination form for next year’s awards will be available on the City’s website after the first of the year, and nominations must be submitted by July 2017.

At the Williamsburg City Council meeting on October 13, 2016, the following were presented with a Mayor’s Beautification Award:

Business Category:  Yankee Candle and Carrabba’s Restaurant, 2200 and 2500 Richmond Road

“The beautiful combination of annuals, shrubs and trees displayed on both properties enhances Richmond Road which is a major entrance corridor into the City.”

Individual Category:  Mr. & Mrs. Randall Hawthorne, 106 Mill Neck Road

“The homeowner has installed extensive plantings and walls on steep slopes to prevent erosion.  It is a wonderful example of an attractive landscape/conservation project which not only enhances this property but the Jamestown Road corridor.”

Institution Category:  WATA and Holly Hills Garden Club, Jamestown Road Bus Shelter

“The combination of a shelter along with beautiful landscaping has provided a place where patrons can rest and be out of the elements while waiting for the next bus.”

Institution Category:  Williamsburg Garden Club, South Henry Street & Route 199

“This garden club provides and maintains a lovely garden at the entrance to the City.”

Neighborhood Category:  Yorkshire Homeowners Association

“The complete redesign of plant material and trees at the entrance into the neighborhood has enhanced Jamestown Road for citizens, neighbors and visitors entering the City.”

Architectural – New Construction Category:  Gilbert & Gregory Granger, Griffin Arms, 515 Prince George Street

“The demolition of the buildings and construction of a new building that relates to the street has a positive affect not only to the street but to the vibrancy of downtown with new commercial uses with residential above.”

Architectural – Historic Home Renovation Category:  Gene & Sandra Mandrick, 321 N. Henry Street

“The transformation of the dwelling this residential home along North Henry Street is a positive example of how the sensitive renovation of an older home that suffered from years of poor maintenance can make on the streetscape.  The home was restored aesthetically both inside and out while maintaining much of the existing fabric.”

Architectural – Renovation and New Construction:  Shops at Second Street, 301 Second Street

“The renovation of the existing building along with the new construction has not only improved the property but this important entrance corridor into the City.”