River District Design Commission


Meetings are held at 4 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month as needed in the Conference Room located on the fourth floor of City Hall, 427 Patton Street, Danville, VA 24541.

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George W. Davis III (Chairman)
Robert P. Keesee (Vice-Chairman)John Ranson
R.J. Lackey (Secretary
Andrew Hessler
Adam Jones
Courtney Nicholas

April 9 Meeting

Note: Due to the evolving nature of circumstances related to COVID-19, described activities and situations are subject to change at any time. Check back often for updates.

Due to ongoing public health concerns related to COVID-19, the City of Danville is modifying the structure of somel meetings allowing for "virtual" meetings. Council Chambers and meeting rooms will be modified to allow for proper social distancing.

April 9 has been advertised for the for the River District Design Commission to hold public hearings on the following:

  1. Request a Certificate of Appropriateness at 400 Bridge Street to do the following: A total of 18 (six per floor) new 4’-0 x 4’-10 ½” aluminum storefront windows will be placed along the Southeast façade of the building, facing the adjacent parking lot. No windows are currently in this façade. On the North-West façade, facing Wilson Street, the existing corrugated metal wall will be removed, revealing the existing covered alleyway. In the opening, a new concrete stair and deck will be located with a wheelchair lift for accessible pedestrian entry into the building. A new rough-sawn wood-clad wall will divide the new entry from the new concrete loading dock on the Southeast side, and block the loading dock from the view of the street. Also along the North-West Façade, the two existing roll-up doors will be removed and the existing openings will be infilled with aluminum storefront. The mullion pattern will match the existing roll-up doors. DHR/NPS have approved all of these modifications.
  2. Request a Certificate of Appropriateness at 122 S. Union Street to open previous windows currently bricked in. Install new windows of Aluminum or Fiberglass.
  3. Request a Certificate of Appropriateness at 427 Patton Street to remove the brick portion of the chimney (Which is no longer in use) to the top of the parapet wall and cap the opening. Removal of the abandoned chimney will remove the safety issue of deteriorated brick pieces falling onto the roof and walking/driving surface and prevent water from continuing to enter the building.

Participating in Public Hearings

Though the municipal building is closed to the public, accommodations have been made to still allow public comment by encouraging citizens to provide comments reserved for public hearings on the published agenda ahead of time. There will be two option for submission: online through a form or by phone at 434-857-3358.


The River District Design Commission is a seven member board appointed by the City Council to review all new construction, exterior renovations, and signs undertaken in Danville's River District. For more information, view the River District Design Guidelines (PDF). To apply to serve on this Board, please fill out our online application.

There is no fee when you submit an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness (PDF). Applications should be submitted in the Planning Division offices located on the second floor of the Municipal Building. For more information or a map of the area (PDF) call the Planning Division at 434-799-5260. Check the Commissions Calendar (PDF) for further information on application deadlines, post dates of public hearing notices, and meeting dates for 2019.