Friday, May 31, 2013

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

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,  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  
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 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


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.