Revitalizing the Historic West End District by George Abie Williams

Virginia, one of the first colonized parts of America, has a wealth of history and an architectural tradition that spans centuries. In Radford, Virginia, efforts to restore and revitalize the historic West End district preserve the community’s legacy, while encouraging economic growth.

Officially designated a historic district in 2005, Radford’s West End is home to many historical buildings. While many notable homes are often registered historical sites, the West End Commercial district is primarily designated as the 100, 200, and 300 blocks of West Main, formerly First Street.

Restoration of the commercial properties is currently underway. While preserving the historic integrity of these buildings is a priority, Radford is dedicated to the property serving functional uses and increasing commercial traffic.

About the Author: George Abie Williams is a real-estate developer dedicated to the improvement of Radford, Virginia. Through his role as Chairman of the Radford High School Foundation, he recently assisted in the community fund raising efforts to build the Radford Municipal Baseball Field, considered by many as one of the finest high school facilities in Virginia.


George Abie Williams Throws First Pitch for Opening of Radford University’s New Baseball Stadium

On April 8th, 2011, Radford University inaugurated its refurbished stadium just in time for the Highlanders’ home game. The remodeling project drew its resources primarily from private donations, relying on numerous individuals for their personal and fundraising contributions. Many of those recognized for their efforts attended the game that night and received the honor of tossing the first ceremonial pitches. These included Radford University President Penelope Kyle, Robert Lineburg of the athletic department, Mike Hurt on behalf of the RU Athletics Foundation, Coach Joe Raccuia, and George Abie Williams, who represented parents of Radford students.

The Senior Vice President of Investments and Branch Manager of the local office of Stifel Nicolaus in Radford, Virginia, George Abie Williams involves himself strongly in the local community, especially through contributions to teen and college sports. He spearheaded efforts to build a new baseball field for the local high school and youth leagues.