Monday, September 26, 2016

Street Closure – Broad Street between Strawberry Street and North Davis Avenue


WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Street Closure

WHEN:  Starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27 and ending at 6 a.m. on Thursday, September 29

WHERE:  Broad Street between Strawberry Street and North Davis Avenue

BACKGROUND:  The westbound and eastbound lanes of the 2300 block of Broad Street will be closed between Strawberry Street and North Davis Avenue to install a traffic signal conduit. Detours might be available. Please use caution and follow the road signs.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Street/Lane Closures for Development of the Maggie L. Walker Memorial Plaza


WHO: City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT: Street/Lane Closure

WHEN: Initial Phase - Starting Wednesday, September 28, 2016 thru Friday, October 28, 2016

WHERE: The following areas will be impacted:
  • Brook Road will be closed permanently between West Broad Street and North Adams Street.  Local sidewalk access to businesses will not be impacted
  • West Broad Street parking lane westbound and sidewalk between Brook Road and North Adams Street will be closed
  • West Broad Street travel lane westbound between Brook Road and North Adams Street will be closed during work hours (Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
PARKING: Parking restrictions will be in place in the following areas:
  • Parking will be restricted on the east side of North Adams Street from the alley north to West Marshall Street.
  • Parking will be eliminated on the section of Brook Road being permanently closed
BACKGROUND: There will be a permanent street closure and temporary lane closures in the above areas in accordance with Council approved resolution 2010-R171-180 and the Planning Commission authorization for the development of the Maggie L. Walker Memorial Plaza.

Work in this area will result in the inclusion of a public plaza around commemorative artwork in honor of Maggie L. Walker. The project will bring to fruition the vision laid out in the 1992 Broad Street Streetscape Design Guidelines. Streetscape improvements will be made to the entire area around the triangular parcel bounded by North Adams Street, West Broad Street, and Brook Road.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Free Upcoming Small Business Classes for Construction Businesses


The City’s Office of Minority Business Development is offering a free business development series for construction companies, Building a Better Construction Company. Developing a complete and professional construction project proposal is vital to successfully winning a construction bid. Developers want to know that you are well qualified to get the job done, will be on time, and stay within the budget. If you are interested in market expansion and growth, then this is the series for you.
  • OMBD501- 1 - Contracts: Understanding the Bid and Contract Negotiations

  • OMBD501- 2 - Estimating; Basic Concepts of Job Estimation

  • OMBD501- 3 - Bonding and Insurance

  • OMBD501- 4 - Financing and Accounting

  • OMBD501- 5 - Scheduling

  • OMBD501- 6 - Delivery Type/Type of Solicitation

  • OMBD501- 7 - Sub-Contracting

  • OMBD501- 8 - Credit Management

  • OMBD501- 9 - Utilizing Networking Communication & Technology

  • OMBD501- 10 - Understanding the COR Procurement Process
October 10 - 14, 2016
5 – 7 p.m. 1421 Bryan Street

Richmond, Virginia 23231

All classes are free to attend. To register, click: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044daeaf2aabf49-ready

If you have any questions please contact the City’s Office of Minority Business Development at (804) 646-5947.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Community Input Needed to Help Map the Future of RVA Transit


The City of Richmond, in cooperation with GRTC Transit System, is seeking input from local residents to help shape the future of transit for the Greater RVA area via a brief, anonymous survey, https://rtnp.metroquest.com/.

The Richmond Transit Network Plan team developed a range of bus route concepts for the city and seeks feedback from the community on these designs. As Richmond continues to grow, one of the most important topics is how to continue to make the city a great place to live, work and play. This includes advancing public transit to meet the increasing ridership and coverage needs while remaining cost effective.

The survey closes on September 26 and only takes a few minutes to complete. There is also a short introductory video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTuyKRBsJ7I, that describes the importance of this project and its ability to move Richmond public transit forward. People are encouraged to watch this video before taking the survey.

The results of the community-input process will be a part of the Transit Network Plan for the City of Richmond that may be implemented as early as 2017. For more information on the plan, visit the www.richmondtransitnetwork.com.

Background: The Richmond Transit Network Plan team is a group comprised of city officials and local transit organization members formed to address the city’s growing transportation needs. Over the summer, the City invited residents, businesses and stakeholders to a series of public meetings during the second phase of outreach for the Richmond Transit Network Plan. This plan analyzes the current bus routes and asks the public to weigh options on how transit could serve the city.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Spotlight Gallery to Host “Arte!” During Hispanic Heritage Month


The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host “Arte!” in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The exhibit will open on Friday, September 16 with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until Friday, October 21.

“Arte!” which means “art”, will include pieces from contemporary artists Fabian Ramirez,  Josue Fred, Helene Ruiz, and Juan Carlos Suazo. Pieces to be displayed will include abstract paintings, sculptures, masks, mixed media, and more.

Spotlight Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For details on this exhibit or to schedule a tour please call Shaunn Casselle, curator at 646-6722


Monday, September 12, 2016

Money Smart for Small Business Program Begins Sept. 15


The City’s Office of Minority Business Development will begin its next Money Smart Program session on Thursday, September 15. Classes are being offered at the North Avenue Library, 2901 North Avenue, every Thursday, from September 15 through November 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All classes are free to attend. To register, please contact the City’s Office of Minority Business Development at (804) 646-5947 or visit www.richmondgov.com/MBD

The Money Smart program is a nationally acclaimed, comprehensive financial education curriculum, developed jointly by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to assist minority and emerging small businesses in specific areas that will increase their ability to be sustainable and successful.

The Money Smart for Small Business Program provides small and minority-owned businesses with a wealth of business resources and knowledge, which strengthens the diversity of businesses, consumers and employers. Since the program’s 2012 inception, the 10-module training curriculum provides introductory training for small businesses in the basics of organizing and managing a business, and prepares entrepreneurs for more advanced training and technical assistance. The modules consist of the following:
1)        Is Owning a Business a Good Fit for You?
2)        Credit Reporting and Building Business Credit
3)        Planning for a Healthy Business
4)        Financial Management for a Small Business
5)        Risk Management and Insurance for a Small Business
6)        Banking Services for a Small Business
7)        Organizational Types/Legal Structures and Tax Planning & Reporting
8)        Money Cash Flow and Recordkeeping
9)        Time Management
10)     Selling & Succession Planning

To obtain more information on this or other business programs, additional technical assistance classes, and individual counseling, please contact the City’s Office of Minority Business Development at (804) 646-5947 or visit www.richmondgov.com/MBD


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

City E-Cycle Day on September 24


WHO: Department of Public Works and Department of Public Utilities (Storm Water Utility)

WHAT: E-Cycle Day to include paper shredding and the collection of various electronics and pesticides

WHEN: Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: 6807 Midlothian Turnpike (old K-mart Parking Lot)

BACKGROUND: The City of Richmond’s E-Cycle Day offers City residents an efficient and green option to recycle electronics, paper and pesticides. There is a $10 recycling fee for televisions and computer monitors less than 27 inches and a $20 fee for televisions and CRTs larger than 28 inches. All other items will be recycled free of charge.

- Document Shredding o Up to five (5) boxes of documents. Be sure to remove all binders, staples and/or clips.

- Electronics o Computer systems (hard drive or CPU) and accessories (cables, wires, keyboards, mice, speakers, etc.).
- Printers, scanners, copiers and fax machines
- VCRs, camcorders, stereos and all phones
- Televisions and computer monitors (note: there’s a $10 fee or $20 fee for each)

- Recycle Bins o Clean up and drop off your old curbside recycle bins for reuse in the schools
- Send inquiries to Darlene.Mallory@Richmondgov.com or call 646-8325

- Pesticides o Bug spray, rodent poison & herbicides (roundup, Weed B Gon etc.)
- Send inquiries to Gay.Stokes@Richmondgov.com or call 646-0177


For more information on E-Cycle Day, visit www.RichmondGov.com.