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Melrose-Rugby Neighborhood Forum


* Neighborhood Organization:
Melrose-Rugby Neighborhood Forum
Meeting Information:
4th Tuesday each month (Sep. - June), 6:30 p.m., Melrose Rugby Neighborhood Center, 1730 Orange Ave NW
Main Contact:
Stephen Niamke - President
Mailing Address:
1730 Orange Avenue NW
Roanoke, VA 24017
Phone Number:
(540) 519-4211
E-Mail Address:

The Melrose-Rugby neighborhood covers the area westside of 10th Street NW and eastside of LaFayette Boulevard NW, with borders of Orange Avenue NW and Cove Road NW. The neighborhood is primarily residential with an extensive system of curbs and sidewalks along hilly streets. On many streets the neighborhood has exceptional mountain views. In 2002, the City's first Neighborhood Design District (NDD) was adopted by City Council in Melrose-Rugby. The NDD addresses residents' concerns about the quality of infill housing by requiring all new construction to adhere to design guidelines, which ensure that new housing will be compatible with the existing stock.
  • Welcomes all neighbohood residents and businesses
  • Focuses on numerous aspects of life in Melrose-Rugby neighborhood including housing, economic development, quality of life, public services, infrastructure, and human development.
  • Purchased and rehabbed a house transforming it into the Melrose-Rugby Neighborhood Center used for neighborhood meetings and associated events
  • One of the first Roanoke neighborhood organizations to take part in National Night Out
  • A Neighborhood Watch organization
  • Supports city's code enforcement efforts as a priority
  • Winner of national "Physical Revitalization" award from Neighborhoods USA (NUSA) for renovation work by volunteers in a neighborhood.
  • An educational partner with Roanoke schools
  • Hosts a bi-annual locally renown fish fry
  • Newsletters
    • Spring 2014 Newsletter
    • Spring 2015 Newsletter