McEachin Secures $4 Million in Community Project Funding for Infrastructure Upgrades

July 16, 2021
Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, Rep. A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced that he secured the inclusion of $4 million for two local infrastructure upgrade projects in the 2022 House Appropriations Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittee bill.

“These two projects will help revitalize our communities, ensure safe and efficient transportation, and preserve crucial pieces of history,” said Rep. McEachin (VA-04). “Moving the Cornland School will provide the opportunity for it be an educational base where future generations can learn the distinctive stories of African Americans in the Great Dismal Swamp. The investment in Ettrick Train Station will help will stimulate economic development, bring jobs to the region, and increase Amtrack service by having an up-to-date station. I am proud to have secured this much-needed funding and will continue advocating for our local communities back in Washington.”

Funding for the two projects will help renovate and refurbish infrastructure facilities to improve transportation and preserve local history and culture. Rep. McEachin secured funding for the following projects: 

  • $3,000,000 for the Historic Village at the Dismal Swamp to preserve and restore the Cornland School. Many unique communities have lived in Chesapeake over the years and they hope to share their stories and the evolution of the Dismal Swamp within the Historic Village.
  • $1,000,000 for the Ettrick Train Station Revitalization in Chesterfield to enhance access to the train station by providing network connectivity via bike and pedestrian accommodations, improved safety features and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, and intersection upgrades to create a more efficient access and egress.

“We couldn’t be more grateful and appreciative to see our request for federal funding to improve the Ettrick Train Station moving forward,” said Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Chair James “Jim” Holland. “The $1 million supported by Congressman McEachin solidifies Chesterfield’s longstanding cooperation with our federal representatives to work for the common good of our residents, and to ensure worthwhile projects in Chesterfield command the attention of our partners in Washington.”

“Having these funds included as part of the proposed U.S. Appropriations bill is exciting news for Chesterfield, specifically for residents who live in Ettrick,” said Kevin Carroll, who represents the Matoaca Magisterial District. “The Ettrick community is rich in history and the train station acts as a gateway, serving as a primary transportation resource for the nearly 200,000 local residents, students, visitors, and employees to Ettrick, Virginia State University and Fort Lee. We are thankful for Congressman McEachin and his work in making sure this important project receives federal funding.”

“It has been a complete pleasure of mine as Mayor of Chesapeake to work with Congressman McEachin and his staff on a historically important project for the city,” said Chesapeake Mayor Rick West. “Long hours and unwavering determination by many members of the Chesapeake community have been the cornerstone of its preservation. This project has the highest potential to be a centerpiece in our city for all citizens to be able to reflect, inspire and learn about the important role the Dismal Swamp played during the late 1800’s. This region of Chesapeake was considered by many who were enslaved against their will as a safe haven in the form of being a stop along for the Underground Railroad, as well as a permanent place of residency for those who stayed and established maroon communities within the Dismal Swamp”.

Rep. McEachin submitted several Community Project Funding requests to the Appropriations Committee, including crucial priorities for the Richmond-areaCentral Virginia, and the Hampton Roads region. Information on the status of additional requests will be announced in the coming days.

The inclusion of this funding in the Appropriations Committee draft bill is the first step in the funding process. Rep. McEachin will continue to fight for this funding as the bill moves to the full Appropriations Committee, consideration on the House Floor, and negotiations with the Senate