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VCU Wilder School Report Recommends Uses for Hopewell Building

The Wilder School, at VCU, has completed a Downtown Hopewell Feasibility Study to consider uses for a vacant 14,000 square foot former social services building. The report also outlines risks, costs, and opportunities for re-purposing the building. It’s Evan Kaufman, is executive director of the Hopewell Downtown Partnership, " It's a building that could have a really significant use to enhance our downtown revitalization effort." The Wilder School’s Greg Wingfield explained that they surveyed local entrepreneurs and recommended a combined kitchen incubator and makerspace, "And, this would provide them with a way to build from a food truck to be able to do larger batch food prep folks that were working from a garage on jewelry or small batch manufacturing production to see of the product would be viable and marketable." Kaufman said the city has historically been a manufacturing site and this project will, "Put Hopewell on the map, in terms of small scale entrepreneurship and as a place where products are made."