Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mayor Jones to Be Official Starter for Cap2Cap Bike Event

The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation (VCTF) and the City of Richmond announced today that Mayor Dwight C. Jones will be this year’s official starter for the Cap2Cap bike event scheduled for Saturday, May 10. “We’re excited and honored to have Mayor Jones joining us again this year”, said Beth Weisbrod, executive director for the VCTF, the producers of the Cap2Cap event. “He’s been a steadfast supporter of the Virginia Capital Trail project, making it a major component of his overall plan to move Richmond towards becoming a more cycling friendly city.”

This year’s event is on track to host over 2,300 riders, each pedaling 25, 50 or 100 miles through eastern Henrico, Charles City and James City Counties. With different routes and extra feed zones, participants will experience new and historic sites between Richmond and Williamsburg. After finishing, they will enjoy Buz & Ned’s Real Barbecue and live music along the riverfront at Rocketts Landing. Hardywood Park’s special Capital Trail Pale Ale will also be available. Pre-registration for the May 10 event closes at midnight on May 7. Riders may also register on ride day.

“As a designated Bicycle Friendly Community, the City of Richmond is a proud supporter of the Virginia Capital Trail and the Cap2Cap Bike Event,” said Mayor Jones. “I’m pleased to be a part of this great event and excited to see so many people ride in support of the Virginia Capital Trail, a major amenity that, when complete next summer, will bring hundreds of thousands of visitors every year to downtown Richmond. With the Cap2Cap event, the 2014 Collegiate Road Nationals this weekend and the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, cycling is becoming an integral part of the transportation system in Richmond.”

About the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation
The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation (VCTF) is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) organization, and is the principal advocate for the completion and enhancement of the Virginia Capital Trail, a 53-mile dedicated multi-use trail connecting Richmond and Williamsburg along the historic and beautiful Route 5 corridor. To develop the Trail as a world-class attraction, the Foundation raises money to promote it within the region, the state, and the nation through partnerships and larger trail affiliations. The VCTF is also charged with enhancing the Trail by installing signs, trailheads, benches, and other amenities to make the trail experience safe, educational, and—most importantly—unforgettable. www.virginiacapitaltrail.org

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Amended Public Notice: Consolidated Plan Public Hearing

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Amended Public Notice
City of Richmond
Consolidated Plan Public Hearing
April 28, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Richmond City Council will hold a public hearing on the City’s 2013-15 Consolidated Plan and its 2014-15 Annual Action Plan on Monday April 28, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (this a change in date from previous notice, no public hearing will be conducted on May 12, 2014) in Council Chambers located in City Hall, 900 E. Broad Street. 
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).  The 30 day public comment period which began on March 14, 2014 will be extended to April 28, 2014. 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.
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.

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

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In accordance with HUD citizen participation requirements, a 30-day public comment period to the 2013-2015 Consolidated Plan and Amended 2013-2014 Annual Action Plan will begin on March 20, 2014, and will expire on April 21, 2014.  By this notice the City of Richmond announces the availability of the 2013-2015 Consolidated Plan and Amended 2013-2014 Annual Action Plan for public review and comment. 

Notice is also hereby given that the Department of Economic and Community Development will hold a public hearing, as provided by the federal regulations and the citizen participation requirements of the Three-Year Consolidated Plan, will be held on April 8, 2014, 5:00 P.M. at 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400, for the purpose of considering the Amended 2013-2014 Annual Action Plan.

Further Notice is also given that on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers, the Richmond City Council will hold a public hearing on the Mayor’s 2013-2015 Consolidated Plan and Amended 2013-2014 Annual Action Plan budget for 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, 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.

HOPWA Regional Entitlement Grant (includes recapture funds)                  $   1,179,168

The following projects have been recommended for HOPWA allocations to undertake the following activities to preserve and revitalize the City’s neighborhoods and further the City’s economic growth for FY 13-14:

HOPWA Projects



FY 13-14      

Dec 2013

Proposed Amended   FY 13-14

AIDS Housing Project
 Short-term  Financial Assistance &  Long-term  Housing Assistance
 $    564,172
 $    644,886
HOPWA DATA Management
 $      22,000
 $      22,000
HOPWA Finance/Monitoring
 $        5,000
 $        5,000
HOPWA Program Administration
 $      18,000
 $      18,000
HOPWA Rental Assistance
 Long-term  Housing Assistance
 $    380,714
 $    260,000
Stratford House
 Residential Facility
 $    189,282
 $    229,282

 $  1,179,168
 $  1,179,168

Copies of the 2013-2015 Consolidated Plan and amended 2013-2014 Annual Action Plan are available for public review in the City Department of Economic & Community Development, 1500 E Main ST, Suite 400, or at the Main Richmond Public Library at 101 E. Franklin Street, and at www.yesrichmondva.com. The City of Richmond does not discriminate on the basis of disability status in the admission of, or access to, or treatment in its federally assisted programs or activities.  Virginia Relay Center - TDD Users - 1-800-828-1120.

Citizens and interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing and give their views regarding the use of HOPWA funds for the Three-Year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan.  The City will arrange for reasonable accommodations for non-English speaking persons or those persons with visual, hearing, or mobility impairments when notified within five (5) business days of a meeting.  Those unable to attend the meetings may send their comments and views in writing to:  Mr. Daniel Mouer, Project Development Manager of Economic and Community Development, 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400, Richmond, VA 23219 or by e-mail to Daniel.Mouer@richmondgov.com.  Comments may also be sent by facsimile (804) 646-6358.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Vote Today for Your Favorite RVA Rain Barrel

~ City request public input on best Richmond Public School decorated RVA Rain Barrel ~

The City requests your vote on naming the best decorated RVA Rain Barrel for 2014. As part of Virginia’s ”Build a Barrel - Save the Bay” program, the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities is asking the public to vote for their favorite rain barrel that has been decorated by City of Richmond Public Elementary Schools’ 5th graders.

Cast your vote today by visiting http://cordpurainbarrels.wordpress.com. Voting categories include Most Creative, Most Outrageous, and Tells the Best Environmental Story. The deadline for voting is Friday, April 25 at noon.

The winning barrels will be on display and announced at the Richmond Earth Day Festival at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market, in historic Shockoe Bottom, on April 26. The City’s Department of Public Utilities will be onsite to provide more information on the stormwater utility.

At the conclusion of the contest, each 55-gallon rain barrel will be donated and installed in city of Richmond neighborhoods.

Rain barrels are a great method of reducing storm water runoff and can be made at home or purchased ready-made. The benefits of attaching a rain barrel to your home include:
·         Free irrigation for your lawn and garden
·         Reduction of harmful runoff into rivers, streams and lakes
·         Saving money on water bills (garden and lawn irrigation accounts for 40 percent of residential water use during the summer according to the Environmental Protection Agency)
·         Rainwater is better for your plants and soil
·         Homeowners can save 1,300 gallons of water during the growing season
·         Provides an alternate water source for lawn and garden during periods of water restrictions or drought
·         Reduces the amount of water that must undergo wastewater treatment

Visit www.richmondgov.com/PublicUtilities/index.aspx for more information on rain barrels and the stormwater utility.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

City Prepares to Change Traffic Patterns on Two Downtown Streets

~10th Street and additional blocks of Marshall Street to welcome two-way traffic~

The City’s Department of Public Works will begin converting 10th Street from one-way to two-way between Marshall and Leigh streets.  A similar conversion also will take place on Marshall Street between 7th and 9th streets. Once complete, Marshall Street will be two-way from 7th Street to College Street. Signage indicating the new patterns will be put in place on April 10.

In addition to the conversions, the following changes will also impact motorists:
•    GRTC bus parking only on 9th Street from Marshall Street to Leigh Street
•    GRTC bus parking on Leigh Street from 9th Street to 10th Street
•    10th Street on-street parking will convert to back-in parking only

During the traffic pattern changes, there may be intermittent lane closures. The project also includes repaving and new striping and is expected to be completed by April 14, weather permitting.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Community Invited to Review Plan of Transforming the 17th Street Farmers’ Market

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The City’s Department of Economic and Community Development invites the community to attend a public forum to review the draft plan that outlines the overall concept of a transformed 17th Street Farmers’ Market. This community meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second floor of Main Street Station, 1500 East Main Street. The City held two public meetings in October 2013 to gather input from residents and business owners as to how they would like the new public space to look and function. The April 9 meeting will detail the findings of the October meetings, followed by an opportunity for public comment.

As space is limited to 200 individuals, attendees are asked to RSVP to Jeannie Welliver at jeannie.welliver@richmondgov.com or call (804) 646-7322 as soon as possible.

Free Parking for the community meeting 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.

Beginning in 2010, the City’s 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 budgeted funding to reposition the property to more fully serve the community as a public square and gathering place. Included in City funding is to bury overhead utilities along the four sides of the market square. 

The "publick market" in Shockoe Bottom was established in 1779 as part of the General Assembly action that declared Richmond to replace Williamsburg as the capital of Virginia. The "publick square" was located where the 17th Street Farmers' Market now stands. Many structures have stood on the site including simple sheds to elaborate two story structures. Today's structures were erected in the 1980's.