Friday, November 15, 2013

Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for 2015 CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA Funds


The City of Richmond is beginning preparation of the fiscal year 2014-15 Annual Consolidated Plan for the allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds.  The Federal funds are entitlement dollars allocated to the City through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for neighborhood development and supportive services.  Only applications for projects within the City of Richmond will be considered, except for HOPWA funds for which the City administers funds for the entire Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Application packages will be available by November 25, 2013 on the City’s website at http://www.yesrichmondva.com/neighborhood-revitalization/Federally-Funded-Programs  Applications packages will also be available at the Main City Library located at 101 E. Franklin Street.  All proposals and applications must be received no later than 4:00 PM on January 6, 2014.  Federal fund applications must be submitted to the Department of Economic & Community Development, 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400 Richmond, VA 23219.  Faxes, e-mails and late submissions will not be accepted.
The City of Richmond does not discriminate on the basis of disability status in the admission or access to, or treatment in, its federally assisted programs or activities.  Virginia Relay Center – TDD users dial 711.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Vacuum Leaf Collection Begins November 11


The City’s annual Vacuum Leaf Collection Program begins on Monday, November 11.  The schedule for the first cycle is as follows: 

  • Worthington Farms                    
November 11 - 15

  • Northside/Highland Park
November 11 - 22

  • Bellevue/Ginter Park/Washington Park
November 11 - 29

  • Bellemeade
November 18 – 22 

  • Westover Gardens 
November 18 – 29 

  • Newtowne/Carver/Jackson Ward
November 25 – 29 

  • Broad Rock/Brookbury
November 25 – December 6

  • The Fan/Shaffer
December 2 – 6  

  • Westover Hills/Forest Hill/Woodland Heights
December 2 – 13 

  • Museum District
December 9 - 13

  • Church Hill/Fulton
December 9 - 20

  • Stony Point
December 9 - 20

  • Windsor Farm/Univ. of Richmond/Far West End
December 16 – January 3

  • Maymont/Byrd Park/Oregon Hill/Carillon
December 23 – 27

  • Stratford Hills/Willow Oaks
December 23 – January 3

Residents should rake leaves to the property line adjacent to their street prior to their scheduled vacuum collection date. Leaves and other debris should never be raked or placed into the street or culvert. Dirt, rocks, metal or branches should be removed from leaf piles, as these items will prevent City crews from collecting your piles.

Residents who bag leaves should use biodegradable brown paper lawn or leaf bags because they are more environmentally friendly and can be recycled with the leaves. City crews will pick up 25 bags of leaves year round on regular trash collection days. There is no limit to the number of bags that will be collected during each neighborhood’s designated leaf vacuum collection cycle.  

City residents can also dispose of leaves by taking them to several locations: East Richmond Road Convenience Center at 3800 East Richmond Road; Maury Street Landfill at 2900 Maury Street; and the “Powerline” at 8600 Huguenot Road at the northwest corner of Chippenham Parkway.

Residents should note the vacuum schedule may change as a result of inclement weather. The vacuum leaf schedule and information about other city services are available at www.Richmondgov.com.  The schedule is also available by calling the leaf hotline at (804) 646-LEAF (5323).  

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Special Parking Restrictions will be in Place near Polling Locations during General Election


~Vehicles without authorized parking passes will be ticketed and/or towed~

During the Tuesday, November 5 general election, special on-street parking restrictions will be in place near polling locations in order to accommodate chief election officers and those working the polls.  Parking will be prohibited in the following downtown areas from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. November 5 and on Wednesday, November 6, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.: 
  • Three parking meters on 1st Street, on the west side of the Main Library
  • All parking meters on 9th Street and 10th Street between Broad Street and Marshall Street
  • North side of Marshall Street between 9th Street and 10th Street
All meters will be marked accordingly. In addition, Hermitage Methodist Home at 1601 Palmyra Avenue is a polling location.  Special parking will be designated on the north side of the 1600 block of Palmyra Avenue from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday only.  

Unauthorized vehicles will be ticketed and/or towed while these restrictions are in place.  

Monday, October 28, 2013

Community Invited to East End Library Reopening


WHO:         Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                  Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council - 7th District
                  Harriet Coalter, Director, Richmond Public Library
                  Dr. Brenda Drew, Vice-Chairman, Richmond Public Library Board of Trustees
                  Veronica Holloway, East End Library Community Services Manager
                  Dr. Sandra Mobley, East End Library Advisory Council

   
WHAT:      Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the newly renovated East End Library

WHEN:     Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:   1200 North 25th Street
                    Richmond, VA

BACKGROUND:

Mayor Dwight C. Jones invites the community to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated East End Library on Tuesday, October 29 at 4:30 p.m. The East End Library is the sixth branch library to be renovated through the “Building a Better Richmond” fund of the City’s Capital Improvement Plan.

To celebrate the reopening, Richmond Public Library is forgiving overdue fines on books and materials returned to the East End Library from October 29 – November 2, 2013.


Notice for Absentee Voting Applicants


The City of Richmond advises absentee ballot applicants of technical difficulties with receiving faxed applications from 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 24 until 3 p.m. on Friday, October 25. During that 25 hour period, the fax machine was inoperable and the Office of the General Registrar did not receive faxes. Persons attempting to send faxes during that time frame may not have received notification that the fax was not received.

The Office of the General Registrar believes the delayed faxes were all recovered. However, the City advises anyone who faxed an Absentee Application to the local registrar on October 24 or October 25 to check on-line at www.sbe.virginia.gov or with the local registrar’s office to verify that your application has been received.

The deadline for filing absentee ballot applications by mail for the upcoming election is Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at 5 p.m. eastern standard time. The deadline to apply and vote absentee in person is Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 5 p.m.

For questions about voter registration, absentee voting and elections, please contact the office of the local registrar at (804) 646-5950.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Regional CERT Training Exercise Scheduled for October 26


The Central Virginia Emergency Management Alliance will host a Regional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Exercise on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The City of Richmond Office of Emergency Management will oversee the training. Approximately 90 volunteers will be participating from localities including the cities of Richmond and Colonial Heights and the counties of Chesterfield, Henrico, Dinwiddie and Louisa.

The exercise will give CERT members, who are all volunteers trained in emergency response, an opportunity to test their skills, including search and rescue, fire suppression (simulator), triage, medical treatment, patient transportation and structural cribbing, learned during their original training sessions. The exercise will be held at the Hickory Hill Community Center, 3000 East Belt Boulevard from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises like these, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. If you are interested in becoming a CERT member, call (804) 646-2504 and check www.RichmondGov.com/fire/emergencymanagement for upcoming CERT training classes.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Shred Identity Theft

Chesterfield, Henrico, Prince George County, and Richmond Police, and Dinwiddie and Hanover Counties Sheriff's Offices have joined forces with the Central Virginia Crime Prevention Association and Shred-it to offer residents this free Crime Prevention Month program.

When: Saturday, October 26
Where: Richmond Police Veterans' Hospital (VAMC Medical Center - Rear entrance)
(1201 Broad Rock Blvd.)
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Call Office Kimberly Cheatham-McClarin at 646-6754 for more information.


Public Notice: City of Richmond FY 2013-2015 Consolidated Plan Amendment & FY 2013-2014 Annual Action Plan Amendment


The City of Richmond is extending the public review and comment period for its proposed amended 2013-15 Consolidated Plan budget and its proposed amended 2013-14 Annual Action Plan budget that began on September 27, 2013 and will be extended to November 25, 2013.  

The Plans will serve as a comprehensive planning document discussing Richmond’s community development and housing needs with particular emphasis on the provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment, assisting and preventing homelessness, assisting special needs community, and the expansion of economic opportunities, particularly for low and moderate income persons.  The four HUD entitlement programs for which the City of Richmond receives funds are: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).  The HOPWA funds are allocated to the City to administer for the Richmond-Petersburg MSA.  

Comments, written and verbal, may be provided to Mr. Daniel Mouer at the Richmond Department of Economic and Community Development, 1500 E. Main Street, Room 400, Richmond, VA 23219, (804) 646-7025, Daniel.Mouer@richmondgov.com. In addition, the previous public hearing for these documents that was to be held by Richmond City Council on October 28, 2013 has been changed to November 25, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers located in City Hall, 900 E. Broad Street. The City of Richmond does not discriminate on the basis of disability status in the admission or access to, or treatment in its federally assisted programs or activities:  Virginia Relay Center – TDD users 1-800-828-1120

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

City & LISC Bring Artspace Projects to Richmond for October 24 Public Meeting


Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the City of Richmond have invited Artspace Projects, Inc., America’s leading nonprofit developer of affordable spaces for artists and creative workers, to Richmond to conduct a Community Needs and Use Assessment with artists and community members. The outcome of the visit will help determine the community’s specific needs in terms of space and amenities, affordability and location preferences for multi-use, affordable and sustainable facilities for artists.

The public is invited to attend a free informational meeting regarding a potential new arts oriented development in Richmond on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 7 p.m. at the Plant Zero Poetry Slam Stage, 400 Hull Street.

Those who attend the meeting will have the chance to share their thoughts and provide feedback about any future project and its affect on Richmond’s art and business communities. Ideas and suggestions gathered at the meeting will be used by Artspace to gauge community support for the project. Artspace will then deliver a feasibility assessment which Virginia LISC and the City will use to recommend next steps.

“Richmond is quickly becoming the Commonwealth’s arts capital with more than 50 art galleries, tremendous success with events such as First Fridays and the Richmond Mural Project, and home to one of the top public art schools in the country,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “I encourage all residents to participate in this public meeting as we continue to grow Richmond by design.”

“Richmond is home to a thriving arts community who could make great use of a space like this. The opportunity is now,” said Virginia LISC Executive Director, Candice Streett. “We know that the Richmond art community is ready for this.”

“Artspace is thrilled to be working in Richmond. As a cultural destination, Richmond is one of America’s great success stories. But for many Richmond artists, finding affordable space has become increasingly difficult,” said Wendy Holmes, Senior Vice President of Consulting and Strategic Partnerships at Artspace.

About Artspace Projects, Inc.—The mission of Artspace Projects, Inc. is to create, foster and preserve affordable space for artists and art organizations. The organization pursues this mission through development projects, assessment management activities, consulting services and community-building activities that serve artists and art organizations of all of the disciplines, cultures and economic circumstances. By creating this space, Artspace supports the continued professional growth of artists and enhances the cultural and economic vitality of the surrounding community.

About Virginia LISC-- Virginia LISC believes in helping neighbors build strong communities. By providing grants, working capital, development funds and technical support to nonprofit developers and localities, Virginia LISC has created opportunities for dozens of neighborhoods to received strategic real estate investments, providing families with access to better housing, childcare and employment choices. For more information about Virginia LISC, visit the website at www.virginialisc.org. Virginia LISC is the Virginia office of the national Local Initiatives Support Corporation nonprofit, which works in community development across the country. LISC consults with community development organizations to ensure that they form appropriate business plans, create solid financing strategies and secure the right human and capital resources before new projects are launched.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Virginia Capital Trail Reaches Another Milestone — Great Shiplock Park Trailhead Completed


Ceremony Also Highlights Revitalization of Chapel Island and Advancement of Riverfront Plan

WHAT: Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Virginia Capital Trail western trailhead at Great Shiplock Park and revitalization of Chapel Island

WHO: Mayor Dwight C. Jones, City of Richmond
Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council, 7th District
Charles Donato, Board of Directors Chairman, Virginia Capital Trail Foundation
Dr. Norman Merrifield, Director, Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities

WHEN: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 2 p.m. 
WHERE: Great Shiplock Park 
2603 Dock Street
Richmond, VA 23223

BACKGROUND: 
The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and the City of Richmond jointly announce a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Virginia Capital Trail western trailhead at Great Shiplock Park. The ceremony will also highlight the revitalization of Chapel Island, to include the addition of a non-motorized boat launch, a half-mile trail, and significantly-enhanced access to the 5.6 acres of riverfront parkland. Tours of both Great Shiplock Park and Chapel Island will be available after the ceremony.

Parking will not be available at Great Shiplock Park. Parking is available along both sides of Pear Street, and at the parking lots for the River Lofts at Tobacco Row along Dock Street.

Monday, October 7, 2013

City of Richmond Employees To Be Recognized For Outstanding Achievements


WHAT:           City of Richmond Inaugural RISE! Achievement Awards

WHO:             Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                        Chief Administrative Officer Byron Marshall
City of Richmond Employee RISE! Achievement Award Recipients

WHERE:        John Marshall Hotel, Virginia Ballroom
                        101 North 5th Street
                        Richmond, VA 23219

WHEN:          Monday, October 7, 2013 at 3 p.m.


BACKGROUND:

The purpose of the City of Richmond Employee Recognition Program (City Administrative Regulation 7.8) is to provide a framework for regularly demonstrating general appreciation of City employees and for rewarding exemplary service and commitment to the success of the organization.

The RISE! program is a structured and multi-level citywide program that celebrates the most outstanding contributions of City employees in the following six award categories:
·         Community Service
·         Exceptional Customer Service
·         Outstanding Leadership / Individual Accomplishment
·         Safety / Heroism
·         Team Merit / Process Improvement
·         Wellness / Healthy Living / Sustainability

Monday, September 30, 2013

CITY PUBLIC NOTICE: Maggie L. Walker Initiative for Expanding Opportunity and Fighting Poverty - October 1 Meeting


WHAT: Maggie L. Walker Initiative for Expanding Opportunity
and Fighting Poverty

WHEN: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Noon to 2 p.m.

WHERE:    City Hall
                   900 East Broad Street
                   5th Floor Conference Room
                   Richmond, VA

BACKGROUND:

This meeting of the Maggie L. Walker Initiative for Expanding Opportunity and Fighting Poverty (previously known as the Mayor’s Anti-Poverty Commission) will feature a presentation by Dr. Ted Howard. Dr. Howard is the founding Executive Director of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland and is a national leader in the fast-growing field of community wealth building and policy development. He also serves as the Minter Senior Fellow for Social Justice with The Cleveland Foundation and was the driving force behind the development of Cleveland’s Evergreen Cooperatives. His presentation will focus on the Evergreen Cooperatives and discuss the prospects of developing a similar social enterprise in Richmond.

For more information, please contact Carla Childs, Project Management Analyst for the Office of the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Human Services, at (804) 646-5454.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Public Input Requested In Transforming The 17th Street Farmers’ Market


The 17th Street Farmers’ Market is evolving and the City of Richmond is requesting input from residents and businesses as to how the new public space will look and function. Two community workshops will be held to gain this input with the first being on Tuesday, October 1 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the second on Wednesday, October 2 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The meetings will take place on the second floor of Main Street Station, 1500 East Main Street.

The workshops are an outgrowth of the effort began by the City in 2010 when the Department of Economic and Community Development worked with the community and Shockoe stakeholders to develop a revitalization strategy for the area. The community desired a more open urban space at the public market that would serve the vendors on market days, continue to serve large events, but also support a wider range of community and family-oriented programming. 

In FY 2013 and FY 2014, the City supported the concept and Mayor Dwight C. Jones included funding in his budget to reposition the property to more fully serve the community as a public square and gathering place. City funding will also provide for the burying  of overhead utilities along the four sides of the market square.

Space at the community workshops is limited to 200 individuals each, and attendees are asked to RSVP to Jeannie Welliver at jeannie.welliver@richmondgov.com or call (804) 646-7322 by September 26, 2013. The meetings are redundant, so attendees should select either the October 1 evening meeting or the October 2 morning meeting. The selected community engagement consultant, Project for Public Spaces, will lead both community workshops.

Free Parking for the community workshops will be available in the lot west of Main Street Station, which can be accessed from either 15th Street or East Franklin Street. Parking assistants will be onsite to assist attendees.

Friday, September 6, 2013

City to Hold 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance Event

Mayor Dwight C. Jones invites the public to join in a Day of Service and Remembrance on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in recognition of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The event will be held outside of Marshall Plaza at 900 East Marshall Street.

The formal event will begin at 8:45 a.m. with the ringing of bells and moment of silence. Following the formal event, there will be an opportunity to learn more about emergency preparedness through a training session held by the City of Richmond’s Office of Emergency Management, as well as guided tours and learning sessions in the City’s Mobile Command Post and the mobile Fire Safety House. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn Hands-Only CPR with our partners from Richmond Ambulance Authority.

There will also be volunteer opportunities throughout the day. Volunteer registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. before the formal event. For more information about volunteering throughout the year, visit www.RichmondGov.com/neighbortoneighbor. In addition to volunteering, you can help support the local community by participating in the City of Richmond and AARP food drive. Donations of nonperishable foods will be accepted at the September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance event or prior to the event at City Hall, 900 East Broad Street; Marshall Plaza; Richmond Fire Headquarters, 201 East Franklin Street; Richmond Police Headquarters, 200 West Grace Street; East District Center, 701 25th Street; and Southside Community Services Center, 4100 Hull Street Road. All food collected with be donated to FeedMore.

Click here for a complete agenda of the day’s events.



Thursday, September 5, 2013

8th Street Connector Closing for Gateway Plaza Project

Major road changes are scheduled to begin on Monday, September 9, to permanently remove the 8th Street Connector. The re-routing of 8th Street marks the second of three phases of road modifications taking place ahead of construction of the $110 million Gateway Plaza building on East Canal Street between 8th and 9th Streets.

Once the 8th Street Connector closes, motorist traveling on 8th Street will turn left onto East Canal, travel east on the new, one-block, two-way portion of East Canal and, then turn right at 9th Street onto the bridge approach.  Canal will remain as two westbound lanes, with the anticipation of opening a temporary third through lane, abutting the Gateway site, in several weeks.  Completion of the second phase is expected by early October.

Signage will be posted instructing motorists of detours and changes in traffic patterns throughout each phase of the traffic conversions. 

All related traffic and road work should be completed by early November.



Thursday, August 29, 2013

City Offices Closed for Labor Day


=In observance of Labor Day, City government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2013. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

Monday’s Labor Day closings include all branches of the Richmond Public Libraries and all Department of Parks and Recreation community centers. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday.

Refuse collection will not take place on Monday as the City’s Solid Waste Management Division will also be closed. This closure will result in a one-day delay of refuse collection for the week, as the collection schedule will begin on Tuesday, September 3 and continue through Friday, September 6.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed on Monday, September 2. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on Tuesday.

For more information on City services and schedules, please visit www.RichmondGov.com.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

City of Richmond and Partners Received Outstanding Plan Award for Hull Street Revitalization Plan


The City of Richmond, in partnership with Chesterfield County, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and the Virginia based planning and design firm Rhodeside & Harwell were recently honored at the annual conference of the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-VA) with an Outstanding Plan Award for their Comprehensive Revitalization Plan for the Hull Street Corridor.  

APA-VA awards recognize specific individuals, organizations, firms and/or communities for outstanding contributions to planning in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Any APA-VA member may nominate plans, projects, programs, individuals, or organizations for one of a limited number of awards. Recipients are chosen to receive awards based on their strengths in these five categories: innovation, transferability, quality, implementation, and comprehensiveness. The Hull Street Plan’s capacities in these five categories, as described below, merited its selection.

Innovation: The Hull Street Plan incorporated a bilingual outreach strategy that reached across ethnic, age, economic, and education groups to establish the necessary systems to engage residents. In addition, the plan developed an innovative strategy for the retrofit of the limited-access Chippenham Parkway/Hull Street interchange that provides safe pedestrian and bicycle facilities without degrading automobile movement. 

Quality: The plan is informative and easily understood by a range of audiences. The executive summary is highly graphic, available in English and Spanish and presents the comprehensive implementation strategy with concision. The report’s technical appendices provide depth and detail on the analyses that serve as the foundation for policy recommendations. The “before and after” visualizations demonstrate the impact of both minor and major design and infrastructure upgrades. 

Transferability: The plan, though specific to Hull Street, addresses challenges inner-ring, suburban, commercial corridors face in other cities. The plan serves as a model for livable mixed-income neighborhoods served by bus service and safe pedestrian/bike facilities to major activity nodes. Recommendations are immediately applicable to other area corridors such as U.S. 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway) and Route 60 (Midlothian Turnpike). 

Implementation: The City of Richmond will issue a Request for Proposals for improvements to the City’s portion of Hull Street Road in the coming months. The plan serves as the guiding document for construction plans and site prioritization.  

Comprehensiveness: The plan outlines a thorough, coordinated and phased strategy for revitalization, including safe multi-modal connections, transportation infrastructure upgrades, visual and physical enhancements, improved housing options, expanded job opportunities and critical recreational and environmental investments—all needed to transform Hull Street Road.   

The Hull Street Corridor Revitalization Plan

The City of Richmond, in partnership with Chesterfield County received a 2010 Community Challenge Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as a TIGER II Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to prepare a corridor revitalization plan for a 4.7 mile stretch of Hull Street Road/Route 360, extending from Hicks Road in Chesterfield County to just west of Southside Plaza in the City of Richmond. 

The goal of the Hull Street Corridor Revitalization Plan is to create a comprehensive, implementation-oriented strategy for creating sound, economically sustainable quality of life enhancements. These improvements include; strong and safe multi-modal connections, transportation infrastructure upgrades, visual and physical enhancements, improved housing options, expanded job opportunities and critical recreational and environmental investments – all needed to transform the Hull Street corridor from simply a highway through communities to a vital, vibrant place where people from both the area and the region will want to live, shop, work and seek recreation.

The final plan, implementation strategy, appendices, visuals and other resources can be accessed at hullstreet360.com

The APA-VA’s mission is to make great communities happen in Virginia by offering continuing professional development and other valuable services to its members that will enable them to excel in their practice. To learn more about APA-VA, visit apavirginia.org.  

Individuals pictured in are as follows (left to right):
George Homewood, President of APA Virginia
Douglas Dunlap, Deputy Director, Department Planning and Development Review, City of Richmond
James Hill, Principal Planner, Department of Planning and Development Review, City of Richmond
Latisha W. Jenkins, Revitalization Manager, Chesterfield Economic Development, Chesterfield County
Brian T. Copeland, Professional Engineer, Timmons Group
Deana Rhodeside, Ph.D., Director, Rhodeside & Harwell
John Taylor, Senior Planner, Department of Planning and Development Review, City of Richmond
Meredith Judy, Associate Principal, Urban Planner, Rhodeside & Harwell 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

City Office of Emergency Management to Hold CERT Training


~ OEM also Continues to Train Internal Departments ~

 On Saturday, August 10 the City of Richmond Office of Emergency Management will start the latest Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training class. 

The CERT training program is designed to educate people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Dates:             August 10, 24 and 31(All Saturdays)
Time:              9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day
Location:        Richmond Ambulance Authority
                        2400 Hermitage Road

To register for the upcoming CERT Training class, call (804) 646-2504 or visit http://www.RichmondGov.com/fire/emergencymanagement.aspx.

In addition to CERT training, the Office of Emergency Management and Fire Prevention staffs are working with the Richmond Public Library to refresh employees’ knowledge of fire prevention and disaster preparedness/protection. The Fire Marshall’s office demonstrates evacuation routes, extinguisher safety, and fire prevention measures. Emergency Management advises the staff on how to protect themselves and library patrons during a hurricane, tornado, and an earthquake. Protection demonstrations include the proper way to drop, cover and hold on during an earthquake and detailing which areas of the library branches are best for sheltering in place during a tornado. All training takes place during non-operating hours and serves as an educational tool for library staff to be able to assist the community.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Public Notice: City of Richmond FY 2008-2013 Consolidated Plan Amendment & FY 2012-2013 Annual Action Plan Amendment


In accordance with HUD citizen participation requirements, a 30-day public comment period to amend the 2018-2013 Consolidated Plan and 2012-2013 Annual Action Plan will begin on August 1, 2013, and will expire on September 5, 2013.  By this notice the City of Richmond announces the availability of the proposed amended 2008-2013 Consolidated Plan and 2012-2013 Annual Action Plan for public review and comment.  

Further Notice is also given that on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers, the Richmond City Council will hold a public hearing on the Mayor’s proposed Amended 2008-2013 Consolidated Plan and proposed amended 2012-2013 Annual Action Plan budget for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs.  The HOPWA funds are allocated to the City to administer for the Richmond-Petersburg MSA.

The Plan will serve as a comprehensive planning document discussing Richmond’s community development and housing needs with particular emphasis on the provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment, assisting and preventing homelessness, assisting special needs community, and the expansion of economic opportunities, particularly for low and moderate income persons.  

The funds below are federal entitlement dollars allocated to the City through the U. S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to implement the housing and community development priorities and activities identified in the three year Consolidated Plan, which is consistent with City’s Focus Area Priorities.

CDBG Entitlement Grant (no program income): $ 3,914,708
CDBG Entitlement Grant (unexpended funds): $ 1,232,500
HOME Entitlement Grant (no program income): $ 2,238,060
ESG Entitlement Grant           $ 380,505
HOPWA Regional Entitlement Grant (includes recapture funds)     $ 864,491
Total Funds Available for FY 2012-2013   $8,630,264

The following projects have been recommended for CDBG, HOME, ESG, and HOPWA allocations to undertake the following activities to preserve and revitalize the City’s neighborhoods and further the City’s economic growth for FY 12-13: Click here to continue.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

RVA Shoppers’ Shuttle Schedule and Fare Rate Adjustment


Starting August 2, the RVA Shoppers’ Shuttle schedule and fare rate will be adjusted. The shuttle service will now include a nominal fee of $4 per round trip. This minor adjustment will help ensure that this valuable community resource continues to be available to residents.

The RVA Shoppers’ Shuttle was a recommendation of the Mayor’s Food Policy Task Force and has been serving residents in neighborhoods classified as food deserts gain access to healthy, nutritional, fresh food.

The shuttle was put in place, as a pilot program, in February of 2012. The shuttle has five routes that run on the second and ninth day of each month and the third Saturday of each month. The RVA Shoppers’ Shuttle serves the areas of Hillside Court, Fay Tower, Creighton Court, Fairfield Court, Mosby Court, Whitcomb Court, and Fulton. All pick-up locations have a final destination of the Walmart SuperCenter at 2410 Sheila Lane.

Click here to view a full schedule of the RVA Shoppers’ Shuttle.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Due to Outstanding Response Redskins Double Volunteers Serving As Training Camp Ambassadors


The Metro-Richmond area’s response to last week’s call for training camp Ambassadors has been tremendous. More than 800 individuals have applied to the Ambassador program after the City of Richmond’s Neighbor-To-Neighbor initiative and the Washington Redskins requested a core group of 100 volunteers to be Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors. As a result of the strong response and anticipated attendance, the Redskins are doubling opportunities to participate in the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Camp by modifying their original plan of 35 volunteers per shift to 70 volunteers a shift. As a result, the application process will be extended to 5 p.m. tomorrow, June 28. To register or to obtain a complete list of details about this fantastic volunteer opportunity, please visit www.richmondgov.com/NeighborToNeighbor.

Selected individuals will serve as Ambassadors for one of two time slots per day, either 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from noon to 6 p.m., throughout the four week training camp period. The training camp will begin on July 25 and conclude on August 16. The Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center is located at 2401 West Leigh Street.

When Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors work a certain benchmark number of shifts, they will be rewarded based on the following scale:

Three shifts worked receive a Washington Redskins Pin;
Five shifts worked receive a 2nd Washington Redskins Pin;
Seven shifts worked receive the opportunity to attend an autograph session with Redskin players and coaches;
Ten shifts worked receive a trip for the Richmond Training Camp Ambassador plus one guest to attend a Washington Redskins home game to include bus transportation;
Twelve or more shifts worked receive a trip for the Richmond Training Camp Ambassador plus one guest to attend a Washington Redskins home game to include bus transportation, plus the opportunity to be part of a special on-field pre-game presentation

Preference will be given to individuals who can commit to volunteer to higher number of shifts. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Volunteers Needed to Serve as Bon Secours Washington Redskins Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors


The City of Richmond’s Neighbor-To-Neighbor initiative and the Washington Redskins are looking for a core group of 100 volunteers to be Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors. Ambassadors will volunteer for one of two time slots per day, either 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from noon to 6 p.m., throughout the four week training camp period. The training camp will begin on July 25 and conclude on August 16. The Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center is located at 2401 West Leigh Street.

“Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors will help put the best face on our city and its many amenities as they assist visitors and showcase the very best the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Camp has to offer,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones.

When Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors work a certain benchmark number of shifts, they will be rewarded based on the following scale:

Three shifts worked receive a Washington Redskins Pin;
  • Five shifts worked receive a 2nd Washington Redskins Pin;
  • Seven shifts worked receive the opportunity to attend an autograph session with Redskin players and coaches;
  • Ten shifts worked receive a trip for the Richmond Training Camp Ambassador plus one guest to attend a Washington Redskins home game to include bus transportation;
  • Twelve or more shifts worked receive a trip for the Richmond Training Camp Ambassador plus one guest to attend a Washington Redskins home game to include bus transportation, plus the opportunity to be part of a special on-field pre-game presentation


Preference will be given to individuals who can commit to volunteer to higher number of shifts. To register or to obtain a complete list of details about this fantastic volunteer opportunity, interested individuals should visit www.richmondgov.com/NeighborToNeighbor.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summer Meals for Kids Program


The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (PRCF) is again partnering with the USDA’s Summer Meals for Kids Program. This free program provides children and teens (up to 18 years old) with nutritious breakfasts, lunches and dinners during the summer months. Even if your child does not participate in one of the City’s PRCF summer camps, your child can still participate in the USDA Summer Meals for Kids Program. Walk-ins during meal times are always welcome. For a list of locations, please click here
Currently, we have 119 sites registered for the 2013 Summer Meals for Kids Program. New locations are welcomed and those interested should call (804) 646-5698 for more information.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Movies in the Park 2013

Bring your refreshments, blankets and chairs and enjoy a movie in a city park this summer. The City’s Department of Park, Recreation and Community Facilities will again present Movies in the Park every Friday evening this summer. This year’s flicks include Madagascar 3, Rise of the Guardians, Paranorman, Hotel Transylvania, The Amazing Spiderman, Brave, Cirque Du Soleil, Jack the Giant Slayer, and Oz the Great and Powerful. Please click here for a full listing and I look forward to seeing you in a city park this summer.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Festival of the Arts at Dogwood Dell 2013

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and the City of Richmond Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities proudly present the 57th Festival of Arts at Dogwood Dell 2013. For more information, please visit www.richmondgov.com/parks.


Friday, May 31, 2013

PUBLIC HEARING: FY 2013-15 Three Year Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice


PUBLIC HEARING
City of Richmond
FY 2013-15 Three Year Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
Thursday, June 20, 2013 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Main St. Station
City of Richmond
Department of Economic and Community Development
3rd Floor Large Conference
1500 E. Main St., Suite 400, Richmond, VA 23219

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) requires that all entitlement communities develop a Three or Five Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Action Plan.  This document combines the planning, application and reporting requirements for four HUD entitlement programs for which the City of Richmond receives funds: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).
In order to prepare this plan, the City must have input from the citizens of Richmond, particularly low and moderate income residents, on needs in the area of housing and community development.  As an entitlement jurisdiction of the Housing and Urban Development funding, the City of Richmond is obligated to identify and analyze impediments to fair housing choice that exist within in the City.  The City has contracted with Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. to conduct a study on housing discrimination and barriers to obtain housing.  
City will also hold a public hearing on this study on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:30 P.M. in the 3rd Floor Large Conference Room at 1500 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23219 
Public comments, oral or written on the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice on this study will be accepted from June 4, 2013 to June 28, 2013.  Copies of the study can be reviewed at the Department of Economic and Community Development located at 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400, and at the Main Branch of the Richmond Public Library located at 101 E. Franklin Street or on the City’s website, www.richmondgov.com.  All public comments should be addressed to John Logan, Planner II at Department of Economic and Community Development 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400, Richmond, VA 23219, phone 804-646-6428 or email John.logan@richmondgov.com.  
The City of Richmond does not discriminate on the basis of disability status in the admission or access to, or treatment in its federally assisted programs or activities:  Virginia Relay Center – TDD users 1-800-828-1120

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Virginia's Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday | May 25 -31

It's smart to get ready for hurricane and flash flooding season, which arrives June 1. And it's smart to save money. Your can do both by shopping for such products as batteries, food storage containers, generators, first aid kits, bottled water, radios and more between May 25 and 31. When you do, you will not pay sales tax on may useful products that cost up to $60 or on generators costing $1,000 or less. A complete list of exempt items is available www.tax.virginia.gov/salestaxholiday. Purchasing supplies is important, but it's critical to make a family emergency plan. Protect your family now by making a plan

Read more about hurricanes at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Mayor Jones To Join In Rededication Of Former Wyeth Pharmaceutical Building


WHO:             Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                        Charles Samuels, Richmond City Council President, 2nd District 
Basim Mansour, Son and Owner of Michael & Son Services
                        
WHAT:           Rededication of former Wyeth Pharmaceutical building

WHEN:          Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:        1405 – 1407 Cummings Drive
Richmond, VA


BACKGROUND: 

A rededication event will be held Wednesday, May 22 to mark a new chapter in the former Wyeth Pharmaceutical building located in the city of Richmond at 1405 – 1407 Cummings Drive. The building will now be called The Michael & Sons Center.


The 336,000 square foot building, which sits on 11 acres, will lease modern and conveniently located office space to the areas local businesses through Cushman and Wakefield | Thalhimer.


The ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a tour of the newly renovated building and refreshments. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

PUBLIC NOTICE: City of Richmond Consolidated Plan Public Hearing


The City of Richmond is extending the public comment period for its 2013-15 Consolidated Plan and its 2013-14 Annual Action Plan until May 12, 2013.  These documents combine the planning, application, and reporting requirements for four HUD entitlement programs for which the City of Richmond receives funds: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).  Comments, written and verbal, may be provided to Mr. Daniel Mouer at the Richmond Department of Economic and Community Development, 1500 E. Main Street, Room 400, Richmond, VA 23219, (804) 646-7025, Daniel.Mouer@richmondgov.com. In addition, a public hearing for these documents will be held by Richmond City Council on May 6, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (this is a change in time from previous notice) in Council Chambers located in City Hall, 900 E. Broad Street. The City of Richmond does not discriminate on the basis of disability status in the admission or access to, or treatment in its federally assisted programs or activities:  Virginia Relay Center – TDD users 1-800-828-1120. 


Friday, April 26, 2013

City to Hold Land Use, Transportation & Design Workshop for Manchester Industrial District


The City’s Departments of Planning and Development Review and Public Works - Transportation, in conjunction with Kimley-Horn and Associates, will hold a two day Design Workshop to discuss zoning, land use, bulk and massing, character and quality of materials, public improvements, and transportation and parking as well as design standards for the Manchester Industrial District. The two day workshop will be held on Monday, April 29 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Tuesday, April 30, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Both workshops will be held in the event space at Planet Zero, which is located at 3 East 3rd Street. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

The workshop will aid in preparing a traffic circulation study that will address parking, traffic flow and circulation in the Manchester Industrial District that will be required as the area redevelops. Kimley-Horn will staff the workshop with three urban designers and one transportation planner. The results of the Design Workshop will further develop a conceptual level Master Plan that will be the City’s guiding document to build upon in the continued revitalization of the Manchester Industrial District.

For more information, contact the City’s Office of Planning and Development Review at 646-6304.