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.