FAAR will use a $4,500 Placemaking grant from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) to help transform an unused space in the Town of Orange into a vibrant, public destination for community use and enjoyment. 

The grant was designed by NAR to ensure local Realtor® Associations are partnering with neighboring organizations to plan, organize, implement and maintain Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper placemaking in their communities.  

FAAR will contribute these funds to help support the creation a pocket park along the Church Street corridor in the Town of Orange.  This corridor was home to a thriving Black commercial district through the 1970s which was significantly impacted by a bypass transportation project.  The park will feature a series of interpretive markets recounting the history and people of the business district, with seating, landscaping, and statuary.  The park will not only serve as a gathering spot for reflection and inspiration, but also as a catalyst for preservation-based economic development.  FAAR is partnering with the Orange Downtown Alliance, a certified-Main Street program.  

Artist rendering of the proposed project

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