Friday, July 28, 2017

Work Begins Next Week to Permanently Close 17th Street in Shockoe Bottom

Construction begins on Monday, July 31 to permanently shut down 17th Street between East Franklin and East Main streets.

The closure is part of the 17th Street Market Plaza Renovations Project.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sidewalks and Parking Lanes Closing during Construction of New General Assembly Building

Motorists and pedestrians will be impacted by lane closures and sidewalk closures as the new General Assembly Building is being constructed. 

From August 1, 2017 until October 31, 2018, sidewalks will be closed on the southbound side of East Broad Street between 9th and 10th streets, as well as the eastbound side of 9th Street between East Broad and East Grace streets.

On December 1, 2017 the parking lanes in the same areas will close and will remain closed until October 31, 2018.  

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Friday, July 21, 2017

RPD Announces National Night Out and Kickoff Event

The Richmond Police Department is gearing up to celebrate National Night Out, the biggest city-wide party of the year, and all city residents are invited to participate.

The annual event, which is just two weeks away, will be on Tuesday, Aug. 1 2017. It brings police and neighbors together in support of crime prevention during an evening full of fun for all ages. A strong partnership between the citizens and law enforcement is a powerful tool in fighting crime which begins with building a sense of community.

Numerous National Night Out events will be hosted throughout the Richmond area.

We hope citizens will also join Richmond Police and Target stores for a National Night Out Kickoff Event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, at the Forest Hill Avenue Target, 7107 Forest Hill Ave. Come out to meet your community care officers who will be on hand with crime prevention materials and children activities. The kickoff party will also include free food.

“National Night Out is a night designed to forge strong relationships between neighborhoods and police,” said Capt. Daniel Minton. “The annual event also helps police officers and citizen’s work together to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention.”

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mayor Stoney Completes Community Office Hours With Citizens From All Nine City Districts

Mayor Levar M. Stoney completed his ninth community office hours event at Broad Rock Library last night, following through on his commitment to meet with citizens in each of the city’s nine districts, in their districts, and face-to-face.

The mayor’s community office hours meetings began in June and provided an opportunity for hundreds of Richmond residents to meet with the mayor, make suggestions and share their ideas and concerns.

“I meant it when I said I want to hear from our citizens,” said Mayor Stoney. “This is part of the process of building ‘One Richmond,’ where we move our city forward in a more engaged and cohesive way to benefit everyone who calls Richmond home.”

The mayor’s initiative re-establishes the first regular mayoral district meetings since the Wilder administration. “I thank all those who participated,” added the mayor. “We’re going to keep this going and continue to proactively collaborate with our citizens.” Mayor Stoney’s community office hours will begin again in early 2018.

Click here for photos from the mayor’s community office hours meetings.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

RPD Opening Hydrants to Keep Kids Cool

With recent high temperatures soaring into the nineties, the Richmond Police Department has come up with a plan to help children in the city stay cool. During the heat wave, RPD officers will be opening water hydrants on hot summer afternoons in several city neighborhoods. They started today.

RPD Chief Alfred Durham recruited other city agencies, the Department of Public Utilities and the Department of Public Works, to make the process possible.

“I remember as a child when they would open the hydrant in my neighborhood so we could play in the cool water,” said Chief Durham. “We looked forward it so much. I’d like to thank DPU and DPW for working with us to make it happen.”

The hydrants will be opened for two hours at a time on a rotating schedule until temperatures moderate in these Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority communities:

·         Creighton
·         Fairfield
·         Gilpin
·         Hillside
·         Mosby
·         Whitcomb

RPD officers will open and close the hydrants and will monitor each location for safety issues.

1921 Accommodation (Intersection of Accommodation and Redd Streets)
SUNDAY / 2:00-4:00

TUESDAY / 4:00-6:00
2500 Bethel Street (Intersection of Bethel and Magnolia Streets)
MONDAY/ 2:00-4:00

WEDNESDAY / 4:00-6:00
2112 Creighton Road (In front of community center)
TUESDAY / 2:00-4:00

FRIDAY / 4:00-6:00
2500 Rosette Street (Intersection of Rosetta and Phaup Streets)
SATURDAY / 2:00-4:00

THURSDAY / 4:00-6:00
1200 St. John (Intersection of St. John and W. Federal Streets)

1834 Southlawn Avenue
SATURDAY/ 11:00-1:00

THURSDAY / 6:00-8:00

Residents Invited to Public Hearings Evaluating Necessity of a Local Government Human Rights Commission

The Richmond City Council Task Force on the Establishment of a Human Rights Commission will hold two public hearings to assist it in evaluating the need for and scope of a local government Human Rights Commission. The meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond residents are invited and encouraged to attend. The meetings are part of the continuing efforts of the task force that was  established by Richmond City Council on November 14, 2016 by Richmond City Council Ordinance # 2016-254.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Richmond Southside Government Service Center
4100 Hull Street Road; Richmond, Virginia

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor
900 E. Broad Street; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, July 13, 2017

City Teams up with Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority to Clean up Neighborhoods

The Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) have partnered to conduct a series of clean-ups in communities operated by the (RRHA). DPW will provide trucks to haul away bulk items, such as discarded furniture. The clean-ups will take place on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

The schedule is as follows:
  • July 15 – Creighton Court
  • July 22 – Fairfield Court
  • July 29 – Gilpin Court and Hillside Court
  • August 12 – Mosby Court and Whitcomb Court
Those wishing to volunteer with the Creighton Court clean-up should arrive at 8 a.m. Saturday at 2101 Creighton Road.

In addition, a clean-up also will take place this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the Carytown and Stadium neighborhoods. Volunteers will meet a 9 a.m. at the Kicker’s Stadium at the corner of Maplewood Avenue and Freeman Road

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