Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Upcoming City Council District Meetings

Councilman Chris Hilbert to hold a meeting for the Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District
Thursday, May 25
North Avenue Library
2901 North Avenue

Councilwoman Ellen Robertson to hold a meeting for the Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District
Saturday, May 27
10 a.m.
Richmond Public Library
101 E. Franklin St.

City Offices Closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day

City government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Tuesday, May 30.

Monday’s closing includes all branches of the Richmond Public Library and all City community centers, which will reopen on Tuesday. The Broad Rock Library, which is normally open on Sundays, will be closed on Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29.

The City’s Animal Care and Control will operate as normal on Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28. The shelter will follow its regular operational schedule and will be closed on May 29.

Refuse collection will not be performed 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 resume on Tuesday, May 30 and continue through Friday, June 2.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed on May 29. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on Tuesday.

City’s Office of Community Wealth Building to Speak at Government Performance & Innovation Summit­­

Leaders of Richmond’s Office of Community Wealth Building (OCWB) have been invited by Governing and Living Cities to speak at the 3rd Annual Government Performance & Innovation Summit on May 24 – 25 in Phoenix.

“I commend the efforts made by the city’s Office of Community Wealth Building and their continued work to help bring about change in Richmond,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “This is a fantastic opportunity for our bold approach to community problem solving to receive national recognition.”

Together with keynotes, peer-to-peer and elected official discussions, the summit brings together innovators, change-agents and civic entrepreneurs, as well as all those interested in making government work better for local communities.

“Living Cities heard about Richmond’s Office of Community Wealth Building and visited us to learn more,” said OCWB Director Gordon. “They were impressed and decided more government leaders need to hear about our work, explore the advantages of our approach and determine if it can be duplicated in their respective cities.”

To read the Living Cities article about Richmond’s OCWB, visit

For more information about the Office of Community Wealth Building, contact Reggie Gordon at or (804) 646-3108.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Street Closure – East Canal Street

WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Street Closure 

WHEN: Saturday, May 27 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHERE:  East Canal Street between South 7th and South 5th Streets

BACKGROUND:  The curb lane and one travel lane on East Canal Street between South 7th and South 5th streets will be closed during the operation of a crane at 555 East Canal Street. Traffic will be detoured around the work zone. Please use caution and obey the traffic signs.

Community Office Hours with Mayor Stoney

Starting in June, Mayor Levar Stoney will be hosting Community Office Hours in each of the 9 districts to hear from you, the residents of RVA! Meetings will take place in city Community Centers or Libraries for an hour each.

The first meeting will be in the 1st District
June 6
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Humphrey Calder Community Center
414 N. Thompson St.
For a complete schedule, click here.

For more information, please call Tameka Jefferson at 804-646-7970.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

RVA 9th Best City for Black Entrepreneurs

Once again, Richmond continues to be a city of choice for business. The May 5th edition of the online magazine Rolling Out ranked the city 9th in its top 20 list of best places for black entrepreneurs.

“I’m delighted to congratulate the City of Richmond for achieving this accomplishment the top 20 list of cities for black entrepreneurs,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “It is an honor to be recognized as a hub for cultivating new ideas, entrepreneurship and pioneering for the development of black-owned businesses.”

The article highlights the correlation between strong minority leadership and the development of minority businesses. Many of these cities indicate similar characteristics such as political support. The article noted that 8 out of 20 cities had African-American mayors. Southern dominance is another observed category, with Michigan and D.C. being the only cities not located in the Southern region of the country. From Historically Black Colleges and Universities to the amount of black owned banks, historical significance was found in each of these cities.

To see the full list of cities recognized, visit

Please contact Patricia Foster at (804) 646-7966 or for information regarding Minority Business Development in the city.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Residential Trash Accepted at East Richmond Road Convenience Center

Beginning Monday, May 1, City residents will be able to dispose of household trash at the East Richmond Road Convenience Center (ERRCC), located at 3800 East Richmond Road. All trash must be bagged.  Bulk items, such as furniture and mattresses, will not be accepted. 

Those utilizing the service must provide proof of City residency. 

ERRCC hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The facility is closed on weekends and on holidays recognized by Richmond city government.

For more information on City services, visit                    

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

RPD Promotes Safety for Places of Worship

Mosques, churches, synagogues and all places of worship should be havens from the chaos of life. Safety is paramount and adopting a few simple procedures can dramatically increase the security of these sanctuaries and help to protect the people within and the surrounding property.

The Richmond Police Department will be hosting a safety and awareness forum for religious gathering places. The forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 21. A variety of topics will be discussed, including general safety, preparing for an emergency, firearms in places of worship and pastoral protection.

The forum is free, but registration is required to accommodate all attendees. Registration will take place on-site before the event from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Early registration is also available online. Congregations are invited to send no more than four representatives.
The forum will be held at the Richmond Main Library, 101 E. Franklin St. For further questions please contact Officer Kimberly Cheatham-McClarin at 646-6754.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mayor Stoney’s “LEVEL UP! Challenge” extended

Richmond Public Schools and Richmond City Health District are extending the contest and chance for elementary schools and fifth grade students to win prizes by participating in Mayor Stoney's challenge to parents to provide consent forms that'll allow rising sixth-graders to get free Tdap booster vaccinations being offered on a schedule in RPS elementary schools now to June 2.

The four schools with the most returned consent forms will win $100 gift cards for supplies, and one student (with a returned consent form) at each of the 25 elementary schools will have a chance to win a $50 gift card.

The Mayor's Level Up Challenge is a collaborative effort to help ensure that fifth grade students receive the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination required by state law for all students (leveling -up) going to the sixth grade. There's no grace period, and students without the vaccination will not be able to attend class until they've been vaccinated.  This school year, 44% of Richmond sixth-graders missed valuable class time because they didn't have the Tdap vaccination at the start of the school year.

Parents - Accept Mayor Stoney's Level Up Challenge and let's make sure our students are ready for the next school year. Return vaccination consent forms now. Forms are available at Richmond elementary schools, and on Richmond Public Schools and Richmond City Health District websites, and

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Public Notice: 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan & 2017 Annual Action Plan

In accordance with HUD citizen participation requirements, a 30-day public comment period for the 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan and the proposed 2017 Annual Action Plan (City FY 2018) will begin on April 7, 2017, and will expire on May 22, 2017. By this notice the City of Richmond announces the availability of the second year of the five year 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan also known as the proposed 2017 Annual Action Plan Budget is ready for public review and comment. 

Click here for the document in English.

Click here for the document in Spanish.

Monday, March 13, 2017

New N2N Volunteer Opportunity Listing - OAPD Book Club Facilitators

Click here to view or download

Volunteer Job Description Form

Contact Person: E. Yvette Jones, Human Services Manager
Contact Phone: (804) 646-3054

Monday, March 6, 2017

Mayors Proposed Bulk, Brush, and Leaf Collection Improvements (FY 2018 Budget)

Click here to view Mayors proposed bulk, brush, and leaf collection improvements.

Amended 2017 Federal Funds Budget Links to Documents in English & Spanish

The following links serve as public notice that the City is amending the current year federal funds budget for Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG) and Housing Opportunities for Person with Aids (HOPWA). The CDBG funds will assist low and moderate income households located in the City and HOPWA funds will assist households in the Richmond MSA.

Public Notice - 2017 Consolidated Plan Amendment

Aviso P├║blico - 2017 Enmiendas al Plan Consolidado

Thursday, March 2, 2017

City to Auction Off Surplus Furniture

Mayor Levar M. Stoney today announced Richmond’s Department of Procurement Services (DPS) will be auctioning off surplus furniture starting Tuesday, March 7, 2017 until Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The surplus furniture is currently being held in Public, Safety, Health & Welfare Building located at 501 N. 9th Street, Richmond, VA 23219.

Citizens and interested parties will be allowed to set an appointment to view the surplus furniture before submitting a bid with DPS. Walk-through appointments will be held Friday, March 3, 2017 between the hours of 2 - 4 p.m., and Monday, March 6, 2017 between the hours of 2 - 4 p.m.  The surplus furniture will be sold as one lot and the buyer will be responsible for removing all items; with the exception of items roped off and marked not for sale.

Please contact DPS at (804) 646-5716 if you would like to request additional viewing times.

To view all of the City’s current surplus furniture open for bid, please visit

Thursday, February 23, 2017

East Main Street at Dock Street Project to Include New Traffic Signals and a Roundabout

Phase I of the East Main Street | Relocated Dock Street project has gotten underway and is expected to be completed in mid-August.

The scope of the initial phase includes:
  • Widening East Main Street from the proposed roundabout to Gilles Creek to include parking, bike lanes, landscaping, and Bus Rapid Transit pullouts;
  • Installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Main and Nicholson streets
  • Closing Water Street between Nicholson and Ash streets immediately following the completion of Phase I;
  • Constructing a roundabout above the 100 year flood plain at the intersection of Main Street and relocated Dock Street
  • Removing existing Dominion Power Poles and replacing them with underground utilities, duct banks and manholes
During Phase I several areas of East Main Street will be inaccessible to vehicle traffic, including
  • Two-way traffic on East Main from Nicholson to Peebles streets
Motorists must follow detours and signage in that area. 

The overall project will build on a significant number of plans and projects that are currently underway or have already been approved for the area, such as Pulse-Bus Rapid Transit and the Virginia Capital Trail and the VDOT Route 5 Bridge Project.  It also will provide a better transportation network in the rapidly developing east end area of the City and increase pedestrian and bicycle access to the City’s riverfront, public transit, public parking and streetscape. 

Phase II, which includes the relocation, or shifting, of Dock Street is expected to begin in the summer. 

The entire project will be completed by January 2018.

The $11,032,000 cost is funded by the City and state revenue share funds. 

For more information on City services, please visit

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Renovations Planned for Shockoe Plaza Parking Deck

Construction to renovate the two elevators inside the Shockoe Plaza Parking Deck located at 100 Virginia Street will begin February 27.  To bring the current elevators up-to-date, Thyssen Elevator will be replacing the cabs, shaft components and all motors and controls with new equipment. The renovation will require taking down part of the stone walls surrounding the elevator frames on all six levels of the deck. For safety measures, wooden enclosures will be erected around each elevator lobby area. Once work begins, both elevators will be out of service and patrons will have to use the stairs. 

Highwoods Properties, Standard Parking and the City of Richmond will post signage throughout the parking deck, at stairwell doors and at the entrance and exit to the deck. 
The project is expected to be completed by May 15.

Patrons with special needs can contact Dean Squires, Director of Asset Management with Highwoods Properties at 804-290-2161.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Street Closure – Commerce Road

WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Street Closure

WHEN:  The road has been closed until further notice.

WHERE: Commerce Road between Deepwater Terminal and Bellemeade Road

BACKGROUND:  The above mentioned area has been closed for roadway repairs and maintenance. Motorists must follow the detour signs.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Richmond Police Athletic League to host Spring Break Sports Camp

Welcome to the 2017 Spring Break Sports Camp for 9-13 year old boys and girls!
There is only room for 40 kids and it sells out very fast, so register here today!

The camp is Monday, April 10 - Thursday, April 13, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

$60 for the entire week, and each child must provide their own lunch except on Thursday when PAL is throwing a pizza party for everyone.

Activities include skating, baseball, hiking, football, basketball, fishing, bowling and a movie.
Each group of ten will be led by a Richmond PAL Police Officer.

Please note that it is required that the camper participates in all sports camps. Children will be sent home if they refuse to participate.

For more information please contact Officer Perry Barber at or

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Levar M. Stoney sworn in as Richmond's 80th Mayor

Mayor Stoney, Richmond's youngest ever mayor at age 35, was sworn in by Judge David M. Hicks in a brief ceremony that was officiated by the Rev. Tyrone Nelson and attended by members of his extended family and close friends, as well as members of City Council and Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his wife, Dorothy.

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