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.