Thursday, December 31, 2015

Brookland Park Boulevard Roundabout Project to Commence


The Department of Public Works will start construction mobilization on Monday, Jan. 4 to begin work on a roundabout at the busy intersection of Brookland Park Boulevard, Meadowbridge Road, 2nd Avenue and Dill Avenue; known as Six Points. 

In addition to replacing the existing traffic signals with a roundabout, the project includes landscaped islands, pedestrian crosswalk marking, handicap ramps and new signage at the intersections. The $1.2 million project has received state and federal funding. The work is expected to last four to six months, depending on weather. 

The improvements will reduce vehicle and pedestrian conflict points, provide slower operating speeds for motorists, and shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians. Experts say roundabouts can reduce fatal accidents by as much as 90 percent and have been proven to reduce the number of vehicle and pedestrian accidents. In the past three years, five accidents have been reported at the Six Points intersection. 

The Six Points roundabout will be the third roundabout constructed in the 6th District. Roundabouts have already been constructed at Highland Park (1st, 3rd, Rowen avenues and Trigg, Matthews, Daniel streets and Holy Cross Cemetery) and Biotech (East Duval and North 8th streets and the Duval Street Connector).

Complete street closures are not expected during construction and no detours are planned at this time. There will be occasional lane closures. Motorists are encouraged to follow work zone signage.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

City Unveiled Street Named in Honor of Alicia C. Rasin


With great honor and privilege, Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Cynthia I. Newbille, Richmond City Council 7th District, unveiled an honorary street sign on Dec. 21 in the 1900 block of Princess Anne Avenue to recognize the tireless work of community activist Alicia C. Rasin. A pillar of the Richmond community and an advocate for families of homicide victims for more than 30 years, Rasin passed away on October 9

In the early 1990s, Rasin founded Citizens Against Crime, an organization through which she and others collaborated with victims, police, businesses and residents to fight crime in some of the city’s toughest neighborhoods. She also is credited with bridging the gap between various segments of the Richmond community and establishing relationships with local media that enabled them to humanize crime victims and their families in their news reporting.

Rasin, who was known as the “Ambassador of Compassion,” worked around the clock to provide solace to victims of violent crime, as well as the families and friends of those who lost their lives in violent crimes. Her involvement and contributions to City residents led former Mayor Leonidas B. Young to honor her with the Mayor’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 1996.

Under Rasin’s guidance, hundreds of vigils were held to recognize crime victims and heighten awareness of senseless acts of violence plaguing inner-city streets.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Woodfin Headquarters move into the City of Richmond from Mechanicsville


On Tuesday, December 8, Mayor Jones along with Woodfin officials celebrated the opening of the new Woodfin headquarters at 1823 North Hamilton Street in Richmond. This new location, that replaces their old headquarters which served them for four decades in Mechanicsville, gives Woodfin a central hub to serve their customers throughout the greater Richmond area.

“I am thrilled Woodfin decided to relocate their headquarters to the city of Richmond. Locally rooted businesses like Woodfin play a critical role in the revitalization taking place along this important corridor of the city,” said Mayor Jones.

Woodfin is a family-owned business rooted in Richmond for two generations and a firm supporter of the growth that is taking place in the city. The renovation project started in the spring of 2015 and took about eight months to complete. Woodfin is the latest Richmond-based company to join the city’s revitalization efforts in and around the Scott’s Addition neighborhood.

“Scott’s Addition is experiencing an influx of new residential, commercial, and light industrial development, with some being done privately and others utilizing City assistance,” continued Mayor Jones. “The area is definitely on the radar of entities looking to produce unique mixed use developments and I am excited to see the growth that is happening here.”