Friday, February 5, 2016

City's Cold Weather Overflow Shelter open Feb 5. - Feb. 9

~ City's Day Warming Site open February 6 - February 9 ~

The City’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will open Friday, Feb. 5 - Tuesday, Feb. 9 as overnight temperatures are forecast to remain at or below 40 degrees. The overflow shelter is located in the City’s Public Safety Building at 505 North 9th Street. The shelter opens at 7 p.m. and closes the following morning at 6 a.m. Shelter registration is from 7 to 9 p.m. Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed.

Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry during operational hours for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry is located at 511 West Grace Street. A referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be provided to individuals who are not eligible for an existing shelter or if all available beds have been filled. Individuals seeking access to the Overflow Shelter must have a referral.

The Cold Weather Day Warming site will be open Saturday, Feb. 6 - Monday, Feb 8 from 6:30 a.m. until noon and on Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. The Day Warming site is located in the City’s Public Safety Building at 505 North 9th Street.

The City’s Department of Social Services provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify. Residents may also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046.

City residents with disabilities or elderly residing in the City of Richmond should contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

RPD to Host Community Job Fairs

The Richmond Police Department will host four Community Job Fairs at locations across the city over the next two months and invites citizens seeking employment to attend.

Job seekers will be able to attend seminars, get help writing a resume, and meet with potential employers from the Richmond area. The Richmond Police Department, Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC), Virginia Department of Corrections, Sunoco and Puritan Cleaners are among the employers attending. Computers will be available on site so job seekers can apply for jobs electronically.

Job fair dates and locations are as follows.

February 5
Hotchkiss Community Center
701 E. Brookland Park Boulevard

February 19
Bellemeade Community Center
1800 Lynhaven Avenue

March 4
Powhatan Community Center
5051 Northampton Street

March 18
Carillon Bell Tower at Byrd Park
600 S. Boulevard

All job fair events are free and open to the public. Employers interested in participating are encouraged to contact Sergeant Carol Adams at 804-646-4069 or email

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Public Information Advisory Regarding City Council Meetinng

WHAT:          Due to the cancellation of the Monday, Jan. 25 formal Richmond City Council meeting, all agenda items for consideration at that meeting will now be considered at the Monday, Feb. 8 formal Richmond City Council meeting.  Citizens who signed up to speak at the cancelled January 25 meeting will be allowed to do so on February 8.
WHEN:          Monday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m.

WHERE:       Council Chamber in City Hall
900 East Broad Street – 2nd Floor
Richmond, Virginia  23219

CONTACT:  For more information, please contact Jean V. Capel, City Clerk, at 804-646-7955 or

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Brookland Park Boulevard Roundabout Project to Commence

The Department of Public Works will start construction mobilization on Monday, Jan. 4 to begin work on a roundabout at the busy intersection of Brookland Park Boulevard, Meadowbridge Road, 2nd Avenue and Dill Avenue; known as Six Points. 

In addition to replacing the existing traffic signals with a roundabout, the project includes landscaped islands, pedestrian crosswalk marking, handicap ramps and new signage at the intersections. The $1.2 million project has received state and federal funding. The work is expected to last four to six months, depending on weather. 

The improvements will reduce vehicle and pedestrian conflict points, provide slower operating speeds for motorists, and shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians. Experts say roundabouts can reduce fatal accidents by as much as 90 percent and have been proven to reduce the number of vehicle and pedestrian accidents. In the past three years, five accidents have been reported at the Six Points intersection. 

The Six Points roundabout will be the third roundabout constructed in the 6th District. Roundabouts have already been constructed at Highland Park (1st, 3rd, Rowen avenues and Trigg, Matthews, Daniel streets and Holy Cross Cemetery) and Biotech (East Duval and North 8th streets and the Duval Street Connector).

Complete street closures are not expected during construction and no detours are planned at this time. There will be occasional lane closures. Motorists are encouraged to follow work zone signage.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

City Unveiled Street Named in Honor of Alicia C. Rasin

With great honor and privilege, Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Cynthia I. Newbille, Richmond City Council 7th District, unveiled an honorary street sign on Dec. 21 in the 1900 block of Princess Anne Avenue to recognize the tireless work of community activist Alicia C. Rasin. A pillar of the Richmond community and an advocate for families of homicide victims for more than 30 years, Rasin passed away on October 9

In the early 1990s, Rasin founded Citizens Against Crime, an organization through which she and others collaborated with victims, police, businesses and residents to fight crime in some of the city’s toughest neighborhoods. She also is credited with bridging the gap between various segments of the Richmond community and establishing relationships with local media that enabled them to humanize crime victims and their families in their news reporting.

Rasin, who was known as the “Ambassador of Compassion,” worked around the clock to provide solace to victims of violent crime, as well as the families and friends of those who lost their lives in violent crimes. Her involvement and contributions to City residents led former Mayor Leonidas B. Young to honor her with the Mayor’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 1996.

Under Rasin’s guidance, hundreds of vigils were held to recognize crime victims and heighten awareness of senseless acts of violence plaguing inner-city streets.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Woodfin Headquarters move into the City of Richmond from Mechanicsville

On Tuesday, December 8, Mayor Jones along with Woodfin officials celebrated the opening of the new Woodfin headquarters at 1823 North Hamilton Street in Richmond. This new location, that replaces their old headquarters which served them for four decades in Mechanicsville, gives Woodfin a central hub to serve their customers throughout the greater Richmond area.

“I am thrilled Woodfin decided to relocate their headquarters to the city of Richmond. Locally rooted businesses like Woodfin play a critical role in the revitalization taking place along this important corridor of the city,” said Mayor Jones.

Woodfin is a family-owned business rooted in Richmond for two generations and a firm supporter of the growth that is taking place in the city. The renovation project started in the spring of 2015 and took about eight months to complete. Woodfin is the latest Richmond-based company to join the city’s revitalization efforts in and around the Scott’s Addition neighborhood.

“Scott’s Addition is experiencing an influx of new residential, commercial, and light industrial development, with some being done privately and others utilizing City assistance,” continued Mayor Jones. “The area is definitely on the radar of entities looking to produce unique mixed use developments and I am excited to see the growth that is happening here.”

Monday, November 30, 2015

Practice Run Simulation Helps City Prepare for Snow Removal Season

In preparation for inclement weather and to ensure snow removal readiness of the City’s 1,860 lane miles, the Department of Public Works recently conducted training for 120 staff and completed practice runs of its 50 snow routes. The simulation helps to make certain crews are familiar with the routes and enhances city readiness to respond to inclement weather. There are approximately 25 routes both north and south of the James River.

The city has also added 11 new dump trucks to its fleet of vehicles assigned to manage the snow routes. The city will use the new trucks along with a variety of other equipment, including spreaders, plows and smaller trucks to keep the roads safe and to clear the roads as soon as possible after a storm. The department has over 4,000 tons salt and 2,000 tons of sand along with 1,000 tons of a mixture of sand and salt, as well as chemicals designed to prevent bridge surfaces from freezing when the temperature is colder than 35 degrees. Materials and supplies will be replenished as needed.

During winter weather the City prioritizes pre-treating and snow removal so major bridges, thoroughfares, arterial streets and emergency routes are given first priority; minor thoroughfares and designated transit routes are designated secondary priority. Residential and other local streets receive a third tier priority.