Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mayor Jones Request Community Feedback for City’s Sustainability Plan


Mayor Jones is continuing his “green” efforts to help build Richmond a sustainable future. The Mayor will be hosting a community meeting, Thursday June 9, 2011, at Carillon Tower in Byrd Park, 1300 Blanton Avenue, from 6 to 8 p.m. All residents are strongly encouraged to attend.


The City of Richmond will present work done to date on the Richmond Sustainability Plan and welcomes community feedback to assist in the next steps in the development of the plan. The plan focuses on economic development, environment, energy, transportation, open space and land use.


Registration for this event begins at 5 p.m. on June 9, and light refreshments will be available.


For more information on the City’s Sustainability Plan, please click here or email: rvagreen@richmondgov.com

Monday, May 23, 2011

Richmond African Burial Ground Restoration to Begin

WHO: Mayor Dwight C. Jones, City of Richmond

WHAT: Removal of the asphalt from the Richmond African Burial Ground

WHEN: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Richmond African Burial Ground at
1554 East Broad Street


BACKGROUND:

Earlier this month, Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced that three contractors have joined forces to donate services to the city of Richmond for the removal of the asphalt and gravel from Richmond's African Burial Ground. The city will officially take possession of the site on Monday, May 23, 2011. This event will mark the beginning of the asphalt and gravel removal from the 3.4-acre site. The asphalt and gravel that is presently covering the Burial Ground and use of the area as a parking lot has met with much public dissension over the last several years.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mayor Jones Announces Gift to City for African Burial Ground Asphalt and Gravel Removal

Mayor Dwight C. Jones today announced that three contractors have joined forces to donate services to the City for the removal of the asphalt and gravel from Richmond's African Burial Ground.

J. E. Liesfeld Contractor, Inc., Dwight Snead Construction Company, and Ty's Hauling and Paving, Inc., have joined together to gift to the City the removal of the asphalt and gravel from the Burial Ground. The gift from the contractors represents $123,000 worth of work and is expected to commence later this month.

“It is extremely generous of these contractors to want to take this step to support the city’s effort to honor and preserve Richmond's African Burial Ground,” said Mayor Jones. “I want to thank the NAACP for its efforts and in particular Joe Liesfeld for his role in bringing these contractors together for this project and I am recommending that Richmond City Council approve the acceptance of this gift.”

The 3.4-acre parcel, currently owned by Virginia Commonwealth University, is being purchased by the state and is to be donated to the city of Richmond.

“Removal of the asphalt and gravel from Richmond's African Burial Ground is an important and long overdue step,” said King Salim Khalfani. "The NAACP is pleased to have played a part in ensuring that the City receives this property and that improvements are made.”

The Richmond Slave Trail Commission and the City in recent weeks unveiled historic markers along the route of the slave trail, which includes the Burial Ground. The trail spans from the Manchester Docks at the James River port to the notorious Lumpkin’s Slave Jail. The asphalt and gravel that is presently covering the Burial Ground and use of the area as a parking lot has met with much public dissension over the last several years.

“I really wanted to be a part of preserving this site and making it available to the public for viewing and reflection,” said Joe Liesfeld of J.E. Liesfeld Contractor, Inc. of Rockville, Virginia. "It is my privilege to offer the services of my company for this important endeavor." J.E. Liesfeld will be removing the gravel from the site.

“It’s important that Richmond reclaim this history and I’m pleased to be able to make this contribution to the effort,” said Dwight Snead, Sr., of Dwight Snead Construction Company of Richmond, Virginia. His company will be providing hauling services and helping with disposal of the gravel.

“I’m honored to make this contribution to the city and to be a part of this contracting team that is facilitating the improvement of this important historical site,” said Malcolm Thomas of Ty's Hauling and Paving, Inc, of Richmond, Virginia. Ty's Hauling and Paving will remove the asphalt and haul and dispose of the asphalt properly.

An ordinance is required to go before Richmond City Council authorizing acceptance of the gift to the City. The paper is expected to be submitted at the May 9th meeting of City Council and voted on at the May 23rd meeting.