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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 disabil…

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 fu…

Efficiency and Energy Upgrades to 1st Floor of City Hall

Public asked to be patient with appearance as safety upgrades take place
The City of Richmond is in the process of upgrading the fire alarm and egress lighting, and installing a sprinkler system at City Hall as part of a safety upgrades project. Additionally, the project includes lighting control in core public areas and office spaces for better energy management of light usage. Work has been on-going on various floors, and a major effort will now start on the First Floor of City Hall.
The lighting, fire alarm and sprinkler system upgrades will require the removal and replacement of the entire First Floor ceiling. This work will begin on the First Floor public lobbyspaces on April 23, with the erection of a scaffolding system and containment barriers. The First Floor portion of the project is expected to be completed in mid-August. While scaffolding is in place, there will be signage to direct building visitors and employees and temporary lighting to supplement existing lighting, in o…

2013 Earth Day Celebration at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market

The Richmond Earth Day Festival kicks-off on Saturday, April 20, 2013, from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market in the city’s historic Shockoe Bottom. Admission to the festival is free.
The Richmond Earth Day Festival will entertain and educate attendees about local resources that make the world a better place, as well as featuring great live music and local food, beer and wine vendors. As one of the oldest Farmers’ Markets in the country, the 17th Street Farmers’ Market is the perfect location for attendees to explore the interactive areas of the festival that will include:
Eco-Home presented by Earth Craft Virginia -Energy efficient home supplies
-Contractors/builders
-Eco-friendly clothes/fabrics
-Eco-friendly home services
Eco-Outdoors -Eco-friendly lawn care
-Eco-friendly outdoor supplies
-Eco-friendly lumber/play sets
Eco-Kids - An array of hands-on activities for kids of all ages provided by Backyard Farmer and Virginia Center for Latin American Art -Hands-on gardening…

City Customizes Traffic Plan for Monument Avenue 10k

~New traffic management system to help flow of traffic~
This Saturday, in support of the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k, the City of Richmond will be creating a custom traffic management plan with the goal of maximizing the flow of traffic and of race participants to and from the Monroe Park area. Through collaboration with Richmond Police, Emergency Management, Sports Backersand the Department of Public Works Traffic Engineering Division, the City has identified roads that historically have been congested and will modify traffic light cycle times in response to that data. Additionally, a traffic engineer will be onsite in the City's Mobile command post to make tweaks to the system in real time as necessary.
The City of Richmond Department of Public Works has recently completed 75% installation of a new state of the art traffic management system for the core of the City. In the next several years, this system will be installed throughout the City. "The advancements in this syste…

City of Richmond and Comcast Partner to Beautify Byrd Park on Comcast Cares Day

Hundreds of Volunteers Expected as Part of Comcast’s Annual Nationwide Day of Service
WHAT:           Local volunteers, includingCity of Richmond and Comcast employees and their families and friends; the Mayor’s Participation, Action, and Communication Team (MPACT); Friends of Byrd Park, Clean City Commission, and Sierra Club – Fall of James chapter; and students from Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Union University, will beautify Byrd Park during Comcast’s 12th annual Comcast Cares Day. Volunteer activities will include planting and landscaping, cleaning and repairing the Ha’Penny Stage, clearing debris along the historic bridal path, cleaning alleys and sidewalks.
WHO:             City of Richmond and Comcast employees, their families and friends; other members of the local community.
WHEN:          Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE:        Byrd Park (600 S. Boulevard)
ABOUT COMCAST CARES DAY: April 27, 2013 will mark the 12th annual Comcast Cares Day, which ha…

City of Richmond Advises Motorists To Be Mindful of Street Closings/Restriction for Monument 10K

The City of Richmond's Police Department asks motorists to be mindful of runners, street closings and parking restrictions for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K this Saturday. The events begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, with the Virginia 529 Kids Run. The first wave of the 10K steps off 8:30 a.m. near Broad and Harrison streets. The 10K’s finish line is on Franklin Street next to Monroe Park.
Logistics of the 10K will require numerous street closings and traffic pattern changes throughout the city beginning with parking restrictions starting at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 12. Restrictions and closures will continue until 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13.
Richmond Police reminds all 10K event participants and attendees to take advantage of parking in the decks near the start and finish lines and to not leave any items that may tempt would-be thieves in plain view in your vehicle, regardless of where you park.
Following are the Richmond Police closings and changes scheduled from 4 a.m…

Mayor Jones to Recognize Over 100 Local Volunteers

~National day of recognition to be held by mayors across the country~
Richmond, VA --- Mayor Dwight C. Jones has pledged to participate in the inaugural Mayors Day of Recognition for Volunteer Service on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. On this day, Mayors across the country will hold public events and use traditional and social media to highlight the value of service to the nation’s cities. City residents are invited to attend Mayor Jones’ Day of Recognition for Volunteer Service on April 9 at 9:30 a.m., at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market in the historic Shockoe Bottom. Mayor Jones will be joined by City employees and others to thank the 192 national volunteers (specifically, the AmeriCorps, VISTAS, Foster Grandparents, and Retired Senior Volunteers) who serve within the city and are helping to ‘Build the Best Richmond’.
“I encourage city residents to join me in recognizing and celebrating our volunteers,” said Mayor Jones. “It is important for us to come together and serve our community, esp…

City Arbor Day Events to Include Professional Tree Climbing Championship

~Climbers from Several States to Compete~
Professional tree climbers from Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, DC will head to Richmond on Saturday, April 6, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the City’s first weekend of Arbor Day festivities at Byrd Park. This year’s festivities at Byrd Park include a competition held by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter International Society of Arboriculture (MAC-ISA).  The contestants are specialists within the arboriculture profession who make a living being suspended from ropes, sometimes more than 100 feet in the air, pruning and maintaining trees. The competition will test their skills in several areas, including speed climbing and aerial rescue. On Sunday the top finishers will compete in the Master’s Challenge at 8 a.m.  The pros are not the only ones who will be able to climb. There also will be recreational tree climbing for the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well a tree-care equipment and supply vendors.   Once again, Richmond has received a Tree City USA de…