Ivy Hill residents respond to recent lake announcement

Ivy Lake Dam (WSET)

BEDFORD Co., Va. (WSET) -- Repairs on the Ivy Lake Dam could soon begin all without dipping into residents' pockets.

There have been a number of challenges over the years surrounding Ivy Lake. Now, those who live near it say things are finally going in the right direction.

"It's been a very positive development from my perspective," said Ivy Hill resident Alex Kurasz. "The fact that the lake will be preserved and will be taken care of from a responsible organization."

The positive development is an agreement made last week between Liberty University and Runk & Pratt, a company known for assisted living and residential care.

They indicated in a press release they "will work in a cooperative partnership, towards, planning, and implementation of repairs required by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for the Ivy Lake dam to remain in place, thereby preserving Ivy Lake."

DCR previously declared the dam a safety hazard with design flaws. Runk and Pratt now owns the Ivy Hill golf course and is planning to add a senior living community.

"Many of our residents are older and will transition into assisted living from their own homes eventually, so it's a win-win for everybody," said Kurasz.

Other residents did not want to go on camera, but shared the same sentiment, saying the future of the area looks bright. They all have high hopes that Runk & Pratt will; "Be a good custodian, restore it to what it was originally, a neighborhood lake, and look out for the best interest of the community," said Kurasz.

Once the dam is repaired, Runk & Pratt is expected to have full control over Ivy Lake.

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