Monday, September 29, 2014

Public Notice: Mayor's Schools Funding Work Group Meeting on October 2

WHAT:  Mayor’s Schools Funding Work Group Meeting on October 2

WHEN:  Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 3 p.m.

WHERE:  City Hall
2nd floor large conference room
900 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219

BACKGROUND:
Mayor Dwight Jones’ Schools Funding Work Group will meet on Thursday, October 2, at 3 p.m. in the 2nd floor large conference room of City Hall, 900 East Broad Street.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Public Notice - City of Richmond Department of Economic & Community Development

 
NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

September 25, 2014

City of Richmond, VA
Dept. of Economic & Community Development
Division of Neighborhood Revitalization
1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804-646-7025

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Richmond.


REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about October 13, 2014, the City of Richmond will submit a request to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended and HOME Investment Partnership under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, as amended, to undertake a project(s) known as: 

Mimosa Creek – SCDHC $300,000 for site preparation, infrastructure improvements, new construction of houses, disposition and down payment assistance in the Bellemeade NIB.

Church Hill Model Block Partnership – BHC - $180,000 for new construction of houses, disposition in the Church Hill NIB. Church Hill Model Block Partnership – PH - $180,000 for new construction of houses, disposition in the Church Hill NIB. Matthews At Chestnut Hill - SCDHC - $500,000 for new construction of houses, infrastructure improvements, disposition and down payment assistance for housing in Highland Park NIB. Rose Corridor Partnership Development – PH - $225,000 for new construction of houses and disposition in the Rose Avenue Corridor. Rose Corridor Partnership Development – BHC - $225,000 for new construction of houses and disposition in the Rose Avenue, Richmond ARC Park – $140,000 for Public Facility accessible park. 

On or about October 13, 2014, the County of Chesterfield will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as: Richmond ARC Park – $70,000 for Public Facility accessible park. 


FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The City of Richmond has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment.  Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required.  Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at Neighborhood Revitalization Division, Department of Economic and Community Development, City of Richmond, 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400, Richmond, Virginia 23219 phone: (804) 646-7025, facsimile: (804) 646-6358, electronic mail: daniel.mouer@richmondgov.com and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:00A.M to 5:00P.M.



 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Daniel Mouer, Project Development Manager of the Neighborhood Revitalization Division, Department of Economic and Community Development, City of Richmond, 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400, Richmond, Virginia 23219 phone: (804) 646-7025, facsimile: (804) 646-6358, electronic mail: Daniel.mouer@richmondgov.com.  All comments received by 5:00PM, October 10, 2014;  will be considered by the City of Richmond prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.  Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

The City of Richmond certifies to HUD that Christopher Beschler in his capacity as Interim Chief Administrative Officer , James J. L. Stegmaier in his capacity as County Administrator, County of Chesterfield consent to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied.  HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City of Richmond and County of Chesterfield to use program funds.



 
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Richmond’s and Count of Chesterfield’s certifications for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City of Richmond; (b) the City of Richmond has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality.  Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to HUD at 600 E. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219-1800, Attention: Mr. Ronnie J. Legette, Sr., Director, Community Planning and Development Division.  Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Christopher Beschler, Interim Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Richmond
James J.L. Stegmaier, County Administrator for the County of Chesterfield

Monday, September 22, 2014

Announcement of EPA Design Assistance for Greener, Healthier, More Vibrant Neighborhood in Richmond’s East End


WHO:        Shawn M. Garvin, Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA - Mid-Atlantic Region
                  Honorable Bobby Scott, U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd Congressional District
                  Honorable Cynthia Newbille, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, 7th Voter District
                  Chris Beschler, Interim Chief Administrative Officer, City of Richmond
                  Jakob Helmboldt, Pedestrian, Bicycle and Trails Coordinator, City of Richmond
                  Will Payne, Union Hill Civic Association

WHAT:    Announcement of EPA design assistance from private sector experts to assist

                the City of Richmond in developing sustainable designs that create vibrant
                neighborhoods with multiple social, economic, environmental and public health benefits.

WHERE:   Tricycle Gardens
                   2314 Jefferson Avenue
                   Richmond, VA 23223

WHEN:    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 1 p.m.

BACKGROUND:

Announcement of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) design assistance from private sector experts to assist the City of Richmond in developing sustainable designs that create vibrant neighborhoods with multiple social, economic, environmental and public health benefits.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of Armstrong Bike Park


WHO:        Mayor Dwight C. Jones, City of Richmond
                 Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council, 7th District
                 Craig Dodson, Founder and Director of Richmond Cycling Corps
                 Peter J. Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia

WHAT:        Grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Armstrong Bike Park

WHERE:    Behind Armstrong High School (near running track)
                  2300 Cool Lane
                  Richmond, VA 23223

WHEN:      Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 11 a.m.


BACKGROUND:

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council District 7, will join Craig Dodson, Founder and Director of Richmond Cycling Corps and community stakeholders in the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new Armstrong Bike Park. The bike park is located behind Armstrong High School, 2300 Cool Lane, near the running track.



Thursday, September 11, 2014

City’s Quarterly Electronic Recycling Day Scheduled


~On-site document shredding will be available~

WHO:   Department of Public Works

WHAT:   E-Cycle Day for City residents. Items accepted include all household electronic
              items (e.g. computers, monitors, radios, vacuum cleaners, microwaves, etc.);
              Gone 4 Good Shred will be on-site for document shredding. Residents can dispose
              of up to five boxes of unwanted paper.

WHEN:  Saturday, September 13

               9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:  1710 N. Boulevard

                 (corner of North Boulevard and Robin Hood Road)

BACKGROUND:  The City of Richmond’s E-Cycle Day offers City residents an efficient and green option to recycle unwanted electronics. There is a $7 recycling fee for televisions. All other items will be recycled free of charge. Fluorescent light bulbs and large appliances will not be accepted.  For more information on City services, schedules and events visit www.RichmondGov.com.


Monday, September 8, 2014

City Seeks Participants for Money Smart for Small Business Program


The City’s Minority Business Development (MBD) office is hosting a September information session for companies interested in participating in the agency’s Money Smart for Small Business program. MBD is partnering with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to present the 10-module business course. The curriculum provides introductory training for new and aspiring entrepreneurs on the basics of organizing and managing a business.

MBD will hold a brief informational session on Tuesday, September 9 at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 West Graham Road. The session will describe the program, participant’s responsibilities, benefits and the graduation requirements. This 25-minute information session will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Businesses interested in participating in this informative opportunity should register at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0A49A4AD23A3F85-money.

For additional information contact MBD at (804) 646-5947 or email Patricia Foster at Patrica.Foster@RichmondGov.com.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mayor Dwight C. Jones Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


Peter J. Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia, will douse Mayor Jones to raise awareness of ALS

WHO:  Mayor Dwight C. Jones, City of Richmond
             Peter J. Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia

WHAT:  Mayor Dwight C. Jones will be accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge issued last
               week by Peter J. Bernard.

Peter Bernard will douse Mayor Jones today in front of the Bon Secours Washington
Redskins Training Center.

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 2, at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center
                  2401 W. Leigh St.
                  Richmond, VA 23220
                  *In front of training center


Mayor to Call for Tax Rate Adjustment, Revisit Schools Funding Issue

WHO:  Hon. Dwight C. Jones, Mayor, City of Richmond

WHAT:  Call for adjustment to city real estate tax rate and update on schools funding issue

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:  City Hall, 2nd Floor, Large Conference Room