South Boston Town Council at its work session/joint committee meeting Monday evening plan to discuss a request from Westside Village Apartments to move forward with a funding application to renovate the 46-year-old apartment complex in the Sinai community.

The meeting is set for 5:45 p.m. at the Washington Coleman Community Center at 1927 Jeffress Blvd.

Westside Village Apartments is a two-story, 70-unit low and moderate-income apartment community on Sinai Road built in 1975.

Westside is seeking funding from the Virginia Housing Development Authority to renovate the apartment community. In order to apply for the funding, Westside Village Apartments must be declared to be in a revitalization area.

Last year, town council approved a resolution declaring Westside Village Apartments a revitalization area, and the apartment community applied for funding from VHDA but did not receive the funding.

Once again this year, Westside is requesting town council’s approval of a resolution declaring the apartment community a revitalization area so they can reapply for funding from VHDA.

According to the revitalization area resolution approved by town council last year, Westside Village Apartments is in an area that is either “blighted, deteriorated, deteriorating or, if not rehabilitated, likely to deterioriate.”

The resolution also states the “industrial, commercial or other economic development” of the area would benefit the town or county but the area lacks housing to entice relocation/ permanent residence.

Along with the request from Westside Village Apartments, the current issues committee chaired by vice-mayor Bob Hughes is expected to bring a couple of more items of business to town council’s attention at Monday’s meeting.

The first is consideration of the revision or deletion of a section of the town code requiring the town’s three upper management employees – town manager, fire chief and police chief – to reside within the town limits of South Boston.

The second item up for council’s consideration is a vacancy on the town’s planning commission.

Several community members have expressed an interest in serving on the planning commission: Bonnie Lee Bowman, Faye O. Bruce, LaTonya Sadler Hamilton, Jimmy Landrum Jr. and Anthony Womack.

The finance committee chaired by councilman Bill Snead also is expected to bring several matters of business to town council during the joint committee meeting. Halifax County Dixie Youth Baseball is slated to present a funding request for fiscal year 2021-2022 to council.

Other items of business listed under the finance committee agenda are the presentation of the town’s audit report for fiscal year 2019-2020 by Steven Gay, Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., CPA and the town’s financial report for the month of January presented by town finance director Mickey Wilkerson.

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at