Friday, July 28, 2017

Work Begins Next Week to Permanently Close 17th Street in Shockoe Bottom

Construction begins on Monday, July 31 to permanently shut down 17th Street between East Franklin and East Main streets.

The closure is part of the 17th Street Market Plaza Renovations Project.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sidewalks and Parking Lanes Closing during Construction of New General Assembly Building

Motorists and pedestrians will be impacted by lane closures and sidewalk closures as the new General Assembly Building is being constructed. 

From August 1, 2017 until October 31, 2018, sidewalks will be closed on the southbound side of East Broad Street between 9th and 10th streets, as well as the eastbound side of 9th Street between East Broad and East Grace streets.

On December 1, 2017 the parking lanes in the same areas will close and will remain closed until October 31, 2018.  

For more information on City services and schedules, please visit  

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mayor Stoney Completes Community Office Hours With Citizens From All Nine City Districts

Mayor Levar M. Stoney completed his ninth community office hours event at Broad Rock Library last night, following through on his commitment to meet with citizens in each of the city’s nine districts, in their districts, and face-to-face.

The mayor’s community office hours meetings began in June and provided an opportunity for hundreds of Richmond residents to meet with the mayor, make suggestions and share their ideas and concerns.

“I meant it when I said I want to hear from our citizens,” said Mayor Stoney. “This is part of the process of building ‘One Richmond,’ where we move our city forward in a more engaged and cohesive way to benefit everyone who calls Richmond home.”

The mayor’s initiative re-establishes the first regular mayoral district meetings since the Wilder administration. “I thank all those who participated,” added the mayor. “We’re going to keep this going and continue to proactively collaborate with our citizens.” Mayor Stoney’s community office hours will begin again in early 2018.

Click here for photos from the mayor’s community office hours meetings.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

RPD Opening Hydrants to Keep Kids Cool

With recent high temperatures soaring into the nineties, the Richmond Police Department has come up with a plan to help children in the city stay cool. During the heat wave, RPD officers will be opening water hydrants on hot summer afternoons in several city neighborhoods. They started today.

RPD Chief Alfred Durham recruited other city agencies, the Department of Public Utilities and the Department of Public Works, to make the process possible.

“I remember as a child when they would open the hydrant in my neighborhood so we could play in the cool water,” said Chief Durham. “We looked forward it so much. I’d like to thank DPU and DPW for working with us to make it happen.”

The hydrants will be opened for two hours at a time on a rotating schedule until temperatures moderate in these Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority communities:

·         Creighton
·         Fairfield
·         Gilpin
·         Hillside
·         Mosby
·         Whitcomb

RPD officers will open and close the hydrants and will monitor each location for safety issues.

1921 Accommodation (Intersection of Accommodation and Redd Streets)
SUNDAY / 2:00-4:00

TUESDAY / 4:00-6:00
2500 Bethel Street (Intersection of Bethel and Magnolia Streets)
MONDAY/ 2:00-4:00

WEDNESDAY / 4:00-6:00
2112 Creighton Road (In front of community center)
TUESDAY / 2:00-4:00

FRIDAY / 4:00-6:00
2500 Rosette Street (Intersection of Rosetta and Phaup Streets)
SATURDAY / 2:00-4:00

THURSDAY / 4:00-6:00
1200 St. John (Intersection of St. John and W. Federal Streets)

1834 Southlawn Avenue
SATURDAY/ 11:00-1:00

THURSDAY / 6:00-8:00

Residents Invited to Public Hearings Evaluating Necessity of a Local Government Human Rights Commission

The Richmond City Council Task Force on the Establishment of a Human Rights Commission will hold two public hearings to assist it in evaluating the need for and scope of a local government Human Rights Commission. The meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond residents are invited and encouraged to attend. The meetings are part of the continuing efforts of the task force that was  established by Richmond City Council on November 14, 2016 by Richmond City Council Ordinance # 2016-254.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Richmond Southside Government Service Center
4100 Hull Street Road; Richmond, Virginia

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor
900 E. Broad Street; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, July 13, 2017

City Teams up with Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority to Clean up Neighborhoods

The Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) have partnered to conduct a series of clean-ups in communities operated by the (RRHA). DPW will provide trucks to haul away bulk items, such as discarded furniture. The clean-ups will take place on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

The schedule is as follows:
  • July 15 – Creighton Court
  • July 22 – Fairfield Court
  • July 29 – Gilpin Court and Hillside Court
  • August 12 – Mosby Court and Whitcomb Court
Those wishing to volunteer with the Creighton Court clean-up should arrive at 8 a.m. Saturday at 2101 Creighton Road.

In addition, a clean-up also will take place this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the Carytown and Stadium neighborhoods. Volunteers will meet a 9 a.m. at the Kicker’s Stadium at the corner of Maplewood Avenue and Freeman Road

For more information on City services and schedules, please visit

RPD Offers Vacation Watch for Home and Business

Summer is in full swing and many people are preparing for vacations. The last thing you want on your mind during a fun trip is the security or your property.

Fortunately, the Richmond Police Department offers a free service year-round to residents to keep an eye on their homes – and businesses – while they are away.

Through the House and Business Watch Program, citizens can fill out a watch request form and submit it to their neighborhood precinct prior to vacation. While they are gone, an officer will periodically check the perimeter of the property. Each request covers up to a three-week period.

“Our home and business vacation watch service is an excellent way to assist residents and business owners when they are away for an extended period of time,” said Community Care Captain Dan Minton. “This can help protect their property…and best of all, the peace of mind is free.”

For more information and to obtain a watch request form, visit and click on the link for the Vacation Watch Request Form. A map of each precinct is featured on the request form webpage to assist residents and business owners in determining their precinct.

First Precinct: 2501 Q St.

Second Precinct: 177 East Belt Boulevard

Third Precinct: 301 South Meadow St.

Fourth Precinct: 2219 Chamberlayne Ave.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

City to Host 2nd Annual RVA Breastfeeding Symposium

The 2nd Annual RVA Breastfeeding Symposium will take place on August 4 at the Virginia Historical Society. The focus of this year’s symposium is First Food: The Intersection of Health, Race, Policy and Practice.

The morning session of this day-long event will bring together citizens, policymakers, healthcare and social service providers, and community advocates to examine the structural and cultural barriers that undermine women’s ability to reach their breastfeeding goals, and explore the connection between infant feeding and food access issues. The afternoon session is a workgroup reserved for area health and social service providers who come into contact with pregnant and postpartum families.

The keynote speaker will be Kimberly Seals Allers, an award-winning journalist, author and nationally recognized advocate for breastfeeding and infant health who is the project director for The First Food Friendly Community Initiative (3FCI), a W.K. Kellogg-funded pilot project in Detroit and Philadelphia to create a national accreditation process for breastfeeding-friendly communities. Elizabeth Gray Bayne, who holds a Masters of Public Health from Yale University and an MFA in film from the Art Center College of Design, will present excerpts from Chocolate Milk, her documentary exploring African-American women’s experiences with breastfeeding.

“It’s been estimated that if 90% of US women could achieve the American Pediatric Association recommendation of 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding followed by continued breastfeeding for 1 year, we could save $17.4 billion in maternal health care costs and an additional $13 billion in pediatric health costs each year,” says Leslie Lytle, Breastfeeding Coordinator for the City of Richmond. “Yet most women struggle to reach their breastfeeding goals and there are significant racial disparities in breastfeeding initiation and duration. Our goal with this year’s Symposium is to spark conversations among folks who might not think of breastfeeding as a foundational health equity issue.”
  • Where: The Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard, Richmond VA
  • What: The Second Annual RVA Breastfeeding Symposium: First Food: The Intersection of Health, Race, Policy, and Practice.
  • When: Morning session: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free and open to the public; however pre-registration is required. Online registration is available at

The RVA Breastfeeding Symposium is sponsored by #RVAbreastfeeds (formerly Richmond Health Action Alliance), a coalition funded by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and administered by the Richmond Healthy Start Initiative, a division of Richmond Department of Social Services. #RVAbreastfeeds has sponsored a variety of events to raise community support for breastfeeding families over the last five years.

The #RVAbreastfeeds planning team consists of representatives from Richmond Healthy Start Initiative, Richmond City Health District, Richmond City WIC, Anthem Healthkeepers Plus, and the RVA community. The RVA Breastfeeding Symposium is made possible through funding and in-kind support from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, Richmond Healthy Start Initiative, and Richmond City WIC.

Please contact Leslie Lytle at or call 646-3612 for more information.