Tuesday, October 9, 2018

City’s Office of Community Wealth Building Conrad Center Career Station Moving to the East District Initiative



The Conrad Center Career Station for the Office of Community Wealth Building (OCWB) is moving to the East District Initiative (EDI) building at 701 North 25th Street. The move is scheduled for October 15, 2018.

The Conrad Center Career Station assists residents seeking employment by offering classes, career planning, coaching and training for in demand occupations, all at no cost to the individual. 

The Conrad Center (1400 Oliver Hill Way), will serve as the temporary home for the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter from October 1, 2018 through April 15, 2019. The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter is a public safety program managed by the City of Richmond Department of Social Services. The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter is only open when the overnight temperature is forecasted to drop to 40 degrees or below. 

For more information about Community Wealth Building services, please call (804) 646-6374 or visit the OCWB website. 

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

City to Re-time Nearly 300 Traffic Signals in Downtown Area


Work will begin on October 6 to retime 300 signalized intersections around the city’s downtown area.  The project is a part of an initiative that began in January and included the retiming of 71 intersections in the Southside and 17 in the Northside.  


The city is working on the project in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Richmond Regional Planning Organization (RRTPO) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). 

The retiming initiative began in January and is part of an upcoming comprehensive initiative to deploy low cost, systemic pedestrian safety improvements at signalized intersections through 2020. These improvements include: high visibility crosswalks, accessible ramps, pedestrian countdown signals and improved signal timings. These improvements will increase pedestrian safety on our major arterials citywide at more than 390 signalized intersections. 


The project is in alignment with Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s announcement last October of the city’s participation in the Vision Zero initiative, which aims to reduce crashes causing serious injuries and death for all transportation users through updated traffic signal timings. Additional benefits of new timing plans include improving pedestrian safety and multi-modal mobility, decreased wear on motor vehicles, as well as improved gas mileage by reducing the number of stops and starts. There also will be significant environmental benefits through the reduction of vehicle emissions such as carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and volatile organic compounds.  


The City is leveraging state and federal funding sources to implement this important timing project as part of an overall $3.5 million initiative to improve pedestrian safety through funding from the FHWA and VDOT's Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), and $800,000 funded throughout the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program from RRTPO.
Due to the changes in some traffic signal operations, all transportation users are encouraged to be alert as they become accustomed to the new traffic patterns.  Each corridor takes several weeks to fine tune before the pattern is finalized. 


More information on Richmond’s Vision Zero Program and the Mayor’s Challenge can be found at:
http://www.richmondgov.com/PublicWorks/VisionZero.aspx  


If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail to Ask Public Works
(http://www.richmondgov.com/PublicWorks/index.aspx), or call the City’s Customer Care Center 3-1-1.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Mayor Introduces Legislation to Establish Richmond History and Culture Commission



Mayor Levar M. Stoney today announced he will submit legislation to City Council for its October 8 meeting establishing the Richmond History and Culture Commission.

“I think it is important that a city with such a rich culture and complex history as Richmond have an entity dedicated to understanding, evaluating and advancing its significant sites and landscapes,” said Mayor Stoney.

In recent years, the City of Richmond has undertaken serious efforts to determine how to effectively tell a more holistic and inclusive narrative of its history, from the work of Slave Trail Commission, to the Monument Avenue Commission, to the recent Urban Land Institute Rose Fellowship focus on Shockoe Valley.

“In order to take the next steps forward, we need to create a broad and coherent framework that will seek out the voices of local Richmonders and guide us as we embark upon these important projects,” the mayor added.

Commissions dedicated to historic resources exist in many cities across the country, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. Fredericksburg and Virginia Beach are among those with similar bodies in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

If approved by city council, the History and Culture Commission would focus on items such as honoring and memorializing the history of Shockoe Bottom, and providing guidance on the recommendations of the Monument Avenue Commission regarding the reinterpretation of the Confederate statues on Monument Avenue, among others.

“This is the latest step in the city’s evolution to understand its past, tell its full story and by doing so, move us forward to a brighter future,” the mayor said.

The 13-member commission would serve as an advisory body to the mayor and be staffed by the Department of Planning and Development Review.

Mayor Stoney’s proposal also calls for two Richmond Public School high school students to serve on the commission, in addition to a member of city council, an assigned staff member and nine appointees.

“It is crucial to have young voices involved in these important conversations,” Mayor Stoney said. “They are the future of the City of Richmond and should have a say in what happens.”



Thursday, September 27, 2018

City Leaf Collection Program Enhanced for Upcoming Season


The City of Richmond’s annual Leaf Collection Program begins October 1.  This season’s program offers several options for leaf pick-up and disposal.  Vacuum service, which begins Nov. 1 can be requested through the RVA311.com customer service portal.  There also will now be an option to have the $30 vacuum service fee included on customer utility bills. 

On October 1, residents can call 3-1-1 or 646-LEAF for schedule information or for updates in the event inclement weather causes delays. Residents may also send e-mail inquiries to Leafprogram@richmondgov.com.

For more information on the leaf program, such as where residents can dispose of loose leaves on their own or how elderly or disabled city residents may be able to get assistance raking leaves, visit
http://www.richmondgov.com/PublicWorks/Leafcollection.aspx 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Mayor Stoney Commends Passage of First-Ever Public Art Master Plan


On Monday, Richmond City Council unanimously approved the city’s first-ever Public Art Master Plan, a 145-page document expanding avenues to fund public or publicly displayed art and providing a clear vision for art in Richmond over the next decade.

“I am grateful to City Council for approving this important Public Art Master Plan,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “This plan will provide more ways to further enrich Richmond with art and to expand options for funding public art in our city.” 

Public Art Commission chairwoman Sarah Cunningham said the final approval is a positive step forward for the city. “Public art is one of the most tangible ways the story of a city is told. Long after everyone has forgotten technical legislative battles, public art provides a lasting legacy for the greatness of what happened here or what can and will happen in this great city. We are grateful to everyone who participated in making this happen.” 

The Public Art Master Plan defines goals and priorities for Richmond's public art program, expands the definition of public art to include a much wider array of media and projects (both permanent and temporary), identifies new strategic partnerships and expanded opportunities for artists and enables the PAC to pursue additional outside funding in further efforts to reach all parts of the city.

“This thorough, deliberate and comprehensive plan supports and features art as an essential ingredient of our thriving city, and at a perfect time during Richmond’s national emergence as a creative capital in the United States,” said Mark Olinger, Richmond’s Director of Planning and Development Review under which the Public Art Commission operates.

Development of Richmond’s Public Art Master Plan began three years ago when the city selected the nationally known consulting team of Gail Goldman and Gretchen Freeman to work with the commission to create a custom-tailored plan for the city.

The team gathered input through numerous stakeholder and public meetings, public surveys and proactive engagement with city staff and PAC members to assemble the plan, which was approved previously by the PAC and then by the Planning Commission this past June.

For more information, click here to read the plan.


Monday, September 24, 2018

RCSO to Host Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Domestic Violence Symposium


Bringing awareness to domestic violence and sexual assault one step at a time.


The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Saint Paul’s Baptist Church for its first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. This initiative is to help bring awareness to domestic violence and sexual assault. 

This event will be on Saturday, October 6 at 8:30 a.m. at the Saint Paul’s Baptist Church located at 700 East Belt Blvd. Richmond, VA 23224.

The event will feature workshops, vendors and a speaker who will share their personal experience with domestic violence.

The walk will begin at Saint Paul’s Baptist Church. We are encouraging the public to participant by attending, walking or sponsoring a walker. To register as a participant or to sponsor a walker please visit the registration link below

Click here to register.

The proceeds from this event will benefit the YWCA Domestic Violence Program. 

If you have questions about this event, please contact Alexis Carey, at (804) 514-2782 or alexis.carey@richmondgov.com.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mayor Introduces Legislation to Establish Motorized Dockless Scooter and Bicycle Pilot Program


Mayor Levar M. Stoney today announced he will submit legislation to City Council for its September 24 meeting establishing a regulatory framework for the operation and use of motorized dockless scooters and bikes in the city. 
“I support innovative transportation options for Richmonders – such as the previously established RVA Bike Share Program that helps residents ‘go the last mile,’” said Mayor Stoney. 
“Dockless scooters are a unique addition to Richmond’s transportation options. However, just as with any mode of transportation – whether car, bus, or bicycle – proper safety and operation guidelines are a must.”  
A Motorized Dockless Scooter and Bicycle Share Pilot Program will be introduced to City Council on September 24 that, if approved by City Council, would allow dockless scooters to legally operate in the City of Richmond’s right-of-way as an extension of the public transportation system.
This permit program will:
  • Require a non-refundable application fee of $1,500 for scooter companies and an annual permit fee, which will be based on the number of scooters; 
  • Require dockless scooter companies to provide customer service during all hours of scooter operation;
  • Educate riders on legal parking requirements. Scooters must be parked standing upright and outside the path of travel on sidewalks. Upon notification, improperly parked scooters are required to be removed by the company in a timely manner; and, 
  • Establish necessary safety practices (e.g. promoting the use of a helmet) and features (such as front and rear lights).
After one year, the Department of Public Works will review and evaluate both the permit program and application process.
“Richmond will do this the right way,” said Mayor Stoney. “We will implement a legal and appropriate dockless scooter and bicycle program with proper safety regulations to protect scooter users, pedestrians, and other citizens.” 
 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

City Schedules Strom Debris Pick-up


As a result of the recent weather that the City of Richmond has experienced, beginning today and over the next two weeks (through October 2), the Department of Public Works (DPW) will be picking up storm debris.  Residents who would like storm debris to be picked up are asked to place it at their property line for pick-up.  This service is being offered in addition to regular trash pick-up, which will continue on regular trash collection days.  

For questions, visit RVA311.com or call 311 or (804) 646-7000.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

City-wide Open House Dates Announced for Richmond’s Master Plan Update


Beginning September 20, Richmonders will have an opportunity to share their vision for Richmond’s future at upcoming open houses held throughout the city. 

“The Richmond 300 Master Plan impacts housing, zoning, transportation and recreational assets,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “Providing a vision for the Master Plan update is an important first step. These open house events will help ensure every Richmonder has a say in how the city grows, and I encourage everyone to make an effort to attend.”
Richmond 300 Open House details are as follows:
  • East End: Thurs. Sept. 20, 6 - 8:30 p.m., MLK Middle School, 1000 Mosby St.
  • Downtown: Fri. Sept. 21, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., City Hall Lobby, 900 E. Broad St.
  • South Side: Sat. Sept. 22, 9:30 a.m. – noon, South Side Community Service Center, 4100 Hull St. Rd.
  • Bellemeade: Tues. Sept. 25, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Bellemeade Community Center, 1800 Lynhaven Ave.
  • North Side: Wed. Sept. 26, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Hotchkiss Community Center, 701 E. Brookland Park Blvd.
  • Huguenot: Thurs. Sept. 27, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Huguenot High School, 7945 Forest Hill Ave.
  • West End: Sat. Sept 29, 9:30 a.m. - noon, Thomas Jefferson High, 4100 W. Grace St.
Citizens are able to attend any location. Additionally, Richmonders can provide input online beginning September 17 by visiting the Richmond 300 website. Children are welcome to attend the open houses. Spanish-language translators will be available. If participants have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in the open house, email richmond300@richmondgov.com by September 14 to arrange accommodations. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters can be provided upon request.
To prepare for the Richmond 300 Open Houses, please read the Insights Report. Also, explore the newly-developed interactive maps which provide context and data on Richmond’s current conditions.
For more information about the Master Plan update, please visit Richmond300.com. 

For interviews, media may contact Tasha Chambers at tasha@jsallc.com or (804) 298-1018. For more information on the Master Plan update, contact Maritza Pechin, Richmond 300 project manager, at (804) 646-6348 or maritza.pechin@richmondgov.com.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Help Wanted: 200 Richmond Election Officers needed to work Nov. 6 Election Day


WHAT - The Richmond Office of the General Registrar is looking for 200 Election Officers to serve during the upcoming election on November 6, 2018. Election Officers are critical to ensuring that elections are conducted in a fair and impartial manner so that the outcome reflects the will of the citizens of Richmond.

Dedicated individuals that are registered to vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia, who take pride in their work, are patient, and enjoy working with people are invited and encouraged to apply to serve as a Richmond Election Officer. Election Officers are paid for their service, starting at $130.00 for their work for the day.

Duties on Election Day may include:

·         Arranging a voting location (polling place)
·         Greeting and helping manage the flow of voters
·         Setting up voting equipment and preparing voting location/polling place for voting
·         Helping determine if voters are qualified to vote and process them in the voter pollbook
·         Admit voters to voting machines
·         Tallying results
·         Packing up supplies
·         Reporting to voting location/polling place (the time can vary, but never later than 5:15 a.m.) and staying until done (this can sometimes be as late as 9/10 p.m.)

All new Election Officers must complete a basic training class that will be held in September and October. Election Officers completing basic training will be paid $15.00.

Applications can be obtained from the Richmond Office of the General Registrar, located in Richmond City Hall; 900 East Broad St., Room 105 (1st fl.); Richmond, VA. Individuals can also apply online at https://apps.elections.virginia.gov/OnlineForms/OfficerofElection.  A brochure with more information is available at http://www.richmondgov.com/Registrar/index.aspx.

CONTACT    For more information, please contact: Richmond Office of the General Registrar, at 804.646.5950, or by visiting the Richmond Office of General Registrar, located in Richmond City Hall; 900 East Broad Street, Room 105; Richmond, VA. or individuals can apply online at https://apps.elections.virginia.gov/OnlineForms/OfficerofElection

Monday, August 20, 2018

Grayland Avenue Bike Lane Improvement Project


Enhancements to improve bicyclists’ mobility and safety

The City of Richmond Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin work in early September on the Grayland Avenue Bike Lane Improvement Project. The project, which runs between South Robinson and South Harrison streets, includes pavement markings and signage for bike lanes that allow cyclists to travel westbound on Grayland Avenue in a contraflow lane – a bike lane that goes in the opposite direction on a one-way street. DPW Director Bobby Vincent says, “DPW continues to underscore the vision of Richmond as a multimodal city. This project is another step in that direction.” Construction is expected to last two months, weather and other outside factors permitting. Access will be maintained at all times along Grayland Avenue for residents and emergency vehicles.

The bike lane project will improve bicyclists’ mobility and safety by providing a separated buffered westbound bike lane that will greatly increase the level of comfort for bicyclists. Additional parking on Grayland Avenue will be provided immediately adjacent to the new bike lane. Motorists should park in the designated parking spaces, not in the traditional parking location against the north curb where the new bike lane will be.

The City will work diligently to minimize adverse impacts on businesses and residents. Studies have shown that overall, this project will lower instances of speeding and make it safer for all users on Grayland Avenue.

This $250,000 project is funded through the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Revenue Sharing Program.

For more information about this and other City of Richmond Bike Lane Projects, please visit us online at http://www.richmondgov.com/BikePed/index.aspx or email us at AskDPW@RichmondGov.com


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

City Launches First Mobile Payment Option


The City of Richmond is launching PassportParking®, a mobile parking application that allows motorists to pay for their parking through their smartphones. It is the first mobile payment option offered by the city.

With signs pointing toward a steady increase in tourism growth in the Richmond region, the city is again upgrading its parking operations to keep up with the demand of tourists and its residents in high-traffic downtown areas.

“The PassportParking® app will offer our residents and guests flexibility and convenience here in our city,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “This technology aligns with our transportation initiatives and will allow people the freedom spend more time enjoying Richmond’s great restaurants, shops and businesses and less time worrying about the meter.”

Users can download the app then set up an account and get a four-digit pin number. Signs indicating parking zones have been placed throughout parking areas. Motorists enter the zone, their car and the length of time they are parking and the payment method. Once the system confirms the transaction, the parking session begins.

To watch a brief tutorial, visit: https://youtu.be/YiYuVK44424

The app is available for more than 1,500 on-street parking spaces primarily in the downtown area. The city has 567 single-space meters and 191 pay stations. Traditional payment methods are still available for those who choose to use them, but the PassportParking app is a convenient alternative. It enables parkers to monitor and extend parking sessions remotely, sends alerts and notifications about parking sessions, provides payment history and e-mails receipts at the end of each parking session.

The app is powered by the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, Passport, It is free to download through the App Store or Google Play. Users also can manage their parking at ppprk.com. In the Commonwealth, the app is also accessible in Virginia Beach, Lynchburg, the College of William & Mary and at Northern Virginia Community College.

For more information on city services, visit Richmondgov.com. To request service, visit RVA311.com.


Thursday, August 2, 2018

City to Conduct Citizens’ Survey Across Richmond’s Nine Districts



The City of Richmond will conduct a random, citywide survey of residents to assess services currently being provided by the city. The survey, which was last administered in 2014, will provide reliable data to the city administration that will help guide its budgeting process, improve delivery of services and enhance overall operations. 

ETC Institute, one of the nation's leading firms in the field of local government research, is preparing and conducting the survey.

In the coming weeks, ETC Institute will mail approximately 13,500 surveys using the United States Postal Service. A minimum of 150 completed surveys from each of the City of Richmond’s nine districts are required to validate the results. Residents across Richmond have been randomly selected to complete the survey, and individual survey submissions will remain anonymous and confidential.

Residents will have the opportunity to complete the mailed form or submit their responses online within a 10-day time period.
 If needed, telephone follow-up surveys will be conducted to obtain the minimum number of completed surveys for each district. The survey will also be made available in Spanish.

For more information, please contact Beth D' Arcy, Executive Staff Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer, at (804) 646-2043, or
beth.darcy@richmondgov.com
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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Richmond City Sheriff’s Office Providing the Richmond Community with a Medication Disposal Unit to Help Combat the Opioid Epidemic


The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a grant for a drug collection unit from CVS’ Safer Communities Program. This unit will be located at the Richmond City Justice Center front lobby area and will provide Richmond residents with a safe and responsible way to dispose of unused, expired or unwanted medications.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Virginia had more than 1,000 overdose deaths due to opioids last year. This epidemic affects not only the individual but their families.

The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office wants to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease the potential for prescription drug abuse by providing the new drug disposal unit. In addition, this proper drug disposal will help to prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medications.

The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office is proud to partner with CVS’ Safer Communities Program to help communities address and prevent drug abuse.

This drug collection unit will be accessible to the public each day from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. It is our commitment to provide this service to our community to promote safety and to reduce the spread of this epidemic. 

If you have questions about this service, please contact Alexis Carey, Communications Coordinator at alexis.carey@richmondgov.com or call (804) 514-2782.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

City Expands Operating Hours of Five City Community Centers


Richmond, VA – Mayor Levar M. Stoney is pleased to announce that the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (PRCF) has expanded the operating hours of five city community centers.

The expanded operating hours for the five community centers are from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. This change in operational hours began on July 14. City community centers had been closed on weekends unless they were being used for special events. The five community centers affected by this change are:

·         Bellemeade Community Center, 1800 Lynhaven Avenue
·         Hotchkiss Community Center, 701 Brookland Park Boulevard
·         Powhatan Community Center, 5051 Northampton Street
·         Randolph Community Center, 1415 Grayland Avenue
·         Southside Community Center, 6255 Old Warwick Road

As a result of this operational change, the indoor pool at Bellemeade Community Center is open to the public on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“Expanding the operating hours of city community centers will increase recreational and leisure activity within the community and support after school activities for youth,” said Mayor Stoney. “Giving kids and adults more opportunity and access to activities and support services that enrich their minds and improve their bodies is time and money well spent by the City of Richmond.”

With the weekend openings, the community will have access to a variety of athletic activities, to include basketball, volleyball, pickle ball, and fitness training. Other activities such as cultural arts, STEAM (fashion and design, wood working, digital photography etc.), multi-cultural programming and many other programming opportunities also become available to the community. PRCF will monitor facility usage and resident program request to adjust community center hours and programming as needed.

The Calhoun Community Center, 436 Calhoun Street, will open on weekends in the next few weeks, to bring the total number of city community centers with expanded hours to six. These six sites serve as a pilot for potentially expanding operational hours at additional city community centers in the future. Funding for this operational change was included in the city’s FY2019 budget, as presented by Mayor Stoney.

For more information on PRCF facilities, programming and events, go to RichmondGov.com/parks or follow PRCF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Richmond Wins Cities of Service National Competition to Revitalize Neighborhoods


City will receive $25,000 plus other assistance and support to help fight blight

Cities of Service today announced Richmond as a winner of its Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block competition. Love Your Block enables local governments to engage communities in neighborhood revitalization efforts benefiting low-income communities. In Richmond, the city will provide mini-grants to collaborative community organizations and other groups to address blight associated with derelict houses and businesses, graffiti, illegal dumping and trash in the public right-of-way. The Love Your Block investments will be made where economically, racially and culturally disadvantaged residents are concentrated, as well as where there is a diminished voice in influencing policy and investment. 

Removing blight from the city is a top priority for Mayor Levar Stoney, who understands the adverse impacts of blight on individuals, families and communities in areas of health, employment, economic development, education and housing. Richmond is committed to creating neighborhoods that are aesthetically attractive, and where residents feel healthy, safe and proud to live.

“Thanks to Cities of Service, AmeriCorps and the tremendous efforts of our Neighbor-to-Neighbor program and Human Services team, we’re able to do more to benefit our low-income communities,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “This is how we build One Richmond; the Love Your Block program and further investment in Richmond will make a needed difference in people’s lives.” Indeed, a recent study from the Urban Institute found the connection Love Your Block forges between city leaders and citizens at the neighborhood level can be an essential catalyst for collective action by neighborhood residents. The other winning cities are Buffalo, New York, Gary, Indiana, Hamilton, Ohio, Hartford, Connecticut, Huntington, West Virginia, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Newark, New Jersey and South Bend, Indiana.

For more information about Richmond’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor program and application of the Love Your Block initiative, please contact Paul Manning at paul.manning@richmondgov.com or (804) 646-6528. For more information about Cities of Service and the Love Your Block program, please visit citiesofservice.org or contact Karen Dahl at karen@citiesofservice.org or (646) 324-8390.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

City and Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site to Celebrate 154th Anniversary of Maggie L. Walker's Birthday

On Saturday, July 14, Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site and the city of Richmond invite the public to celebrate the life and legacy of Maggie L. Walker and the Jackson Ward community in which she lived. In honor of the 154th anniversary of Mrs. Walker’s birthday, public events will be held at the historic site and in the area of the Maggie Walker statue. These events will feature a variety of activities to include a community engagement fair, open-house tours, special program, children’s activities, entertainment and refreshments.

The national historic site will host a special event on July 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The festivities begin at 11 a.m. with the site’s Common Good Fair, which features children’s activities and community engagement groups highlighting ways individuals can take action and make a difference in the community. A recognition ceremony honoring the Maggie L. Walker Summer Youth Leadership Institute Class of 2018 will be held at 11:30 a.m., followed by light refreshments and music. Open-house tours of the Maggie Walker home will be available before and after the ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.

The city of Richmond’s celebration event is from noon to 4 p.m. at the intersection of Broad Street and North Adams Street, site of the Maggie Walker statue. This event features remarks from public officials, Maggie Walker’s family and Maggie Walker school alumni at 1 p.m., entertainment by Glennroy Bailey, youth boxing exhibition, inflatables, refreshments and much more.

Event speakers include Faith Elizabeth Walker Mickens, Maggie Walker’s great-great granddaughter; Mayor Levar Stoney; David Ruth, superintendent National Park Service Maggie Walker Historic Site; Shirley Gault, president National Maggie L. Walker Alumni Association; and Melvin Jones, Maggie Walker High School alumni and project advocate.

Both of the July 14 events are free to the public. A shuttle bus will be available for transportation between each event location.

The first African American woman to charter a bank and serve as its president, Mrs. Walker dedicated herself to a life of civic engagement, challenging racial discrimination and gender bias. Her story of leadership and self-determination continues to resonate with and inspire people around the world.

For more information about the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, please call the visitor center at (804) 771-2017 x 0, visit www.nps.gov/mawa or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MaggieL.WalkerNHS.

For more information on the city of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities call (804) 646-5733 or visit www.Richmondgov.com or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using @RVAParksandRec.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Mayor Stoney Announces Expanded Parental Leave Policy for City Employees


Mayor Levar M. Stoney is pleased to announce an expanded Parental Leave Policy for City of Richmond employees.

The expanded policy, which took effect July 7, provides:

  • 8 weeks of paid maternity leave for birth mothers,
  • 8 weeks of paid bonding leave for the non-birthing parent,
  • 8 weeks of paid parental leave for the adoption/foster care placement of a child (City of Richmond employees),
  • 4 weeks of paid sick parent leave to care for a sick parent with a serious health condition. 

To be eligible for Paid Parental leave, city employees must meet the eligibility criteria for Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and meet one of the FMLA criteria for these four Paid Parental leave categories.

The City of Richmond was among the first localities in the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide paid parental leave. The latest expansion of the city’s benefit from four to eight weeks is in line with the recent paid parental leave policy announced by Gov. Ralph S. Northam covering qualifying state employees.

 “I applaud Governor Northam for announcing this important policy change for state workers,” said Mayor Stoney, who first proposed Richmond’s parental leave policy when he introduced the city’s biennial budget in March. “Our newly expanded parental leave policy will now provide the same benefits to City workers, and allow us to remain competitive in recruiting and retaining talented employees.

“City of Richmond employees work very hard to keep our city running smoothly,” continued the mayor. “Providing these public servants uninterrupted bonding time with a new child and time to take care of a sick parent is the right thing to do.”


For more information on the Parental Leave policy please contact Mary Sharp at MaryJane.Sharp@richmondgov.com or call 646-5630.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Richmond 300: Parking Study Materials


At a recent  meeting, DESMAN and VHB (the parking consultants) presented the parking existing conditions, which include an inventory of parking (number of spots) and an occupancy analysis (number of cars in the spots). Some of the most interesting maps they showed are the "utilization maps" which show the parking hot spots in the neighborhoods - see the links below to view the utilization maps for each neighborhood.

Please review the meeting materials and provide your comments in this survey by July 8, 2018. (If you attended one of the meetings and filled out the printed version of this form, you do not need to fill this out again.) All the meeting materials can be found on the Richmond 300 website and by clicking on the links below:

Brookland Park Blvd/Six Points
Key takeaways: public assets have additional capacity to support non-public uses, standardization of curbside stalls would make utilization more efficient, large scale development of multi-unit housing could overwhelm supply 
  1. Brookland Park Blvd/Six Points Presentation
  2. Brookland Park Blvd/Six Points Maps
Carytown
Key takeaways: 
off-street public and private parking is underutilized, residents depend on on-street parking because there are limited alleys, maximizing curbside creates “sightline” issues
  1. Carytown Presentation
  2. Carytown Maps
Downtown
Downtown includes: Jackson Ward, Monroe Ward, Central Office District, Capital District, VCU Health, Biotech, Shockoe Slip, and Shockoe Bottom
Key takeaways: consistent pockets of high demand on weekends and weekdays in Jackson Ward, supply-side solutions in Downtown may be cost-prohibitive, intensity of demand in Shockoe Bottom suggests the area is reaching a crisis point 
  1. Downtown Presentation
  2. Downtown Maps
Libbie/Grove/Patterson
Key takeaways: maximizing curbside creates “sightline” issues, shared use parking could alleviate some pressure, no blocks operating at or over capacity on weekdays
  1. Libbie/Grove/Patterson Presentation
  2. Libbie/Grove/Patterson Maps
Manchester
Key takeaways; 
demand along Semmes is spilling over onto adjacent blocks during weekdays, some “hotspots” are just successful projects that take an entire block without providing supply onsite, now is the time to start proactively setting policies to support continued development
  1. Manchester Presentation
  2. Manchester Maps
Scott's Addition
Key takeaways: stall definition and enforcement need to be examined, large lots offer potential for shared parking, many blocks operating consistently near or over capacity
  1. Scott's Addition Presentation
  2. Scott's Addition Maps
The Fan
Key takeaways: 
residential presence drives demand, significant under-utilization of off-street parking presents immediate opportunity, proposed solutions must incorporate support and promotion of multi-modality because it’s not realistic to build more parking, value assignments could improve turn-over
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Monday, June 18, 2018

2018 Movies In The Park Begins June 25


The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities proudly present Movies in the Park. This annual series of free movies will be held every Friday night, from June 22 through August 16, in a different city park.

Activities begin at 8 p.m. and the movies start at 8:30 p.m., or as soon as it is dark. Families are invited to bring blankets or chairs and refreshments. Vendors will also have refreshments for sale.

The following is this summer’s Movies in the Park schedule

Date               Location                                           Movie

June 22**       Byrd Park                                           DESPICABLE ME 3
**POSTPONED UNTIL MONDAY, JUNE 25

June 29         Summer Hill Park                              THE LEGO NINJA MOVIE
July 6             Hotchkiss Field                                 WONDER WOMAN
July 13           Jefferson Park                                  CARS 3
July 20           Southside Community Ctr.               JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
July 27           Abner Clay Park                               STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Aug. 3            Battery Park                                      BLACK PANTHER
Aug. 10          Humphrey Calder                            SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING
Aug. 17          Forest Hill Park                                 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

For more information, please call (804) 646-5733, or follow the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities on 
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City's Newest “Main” Attraction Brings Attention to East Riverfront


The East Riverfront Improvement Project is a quarter mile stretch of East Main Street between Nicholson Street and the CSX Bridge; but its potential for bringing growth to that area along the James River is significantly larger. There are expectations it will boost economic development, promote growth and provide connectivity of bikes and pedestrians to the James River area.  

Mayor Levar M. Stoney will cut the ribbon to officially open the enhanced gateway a short distance from the Intermediate Terminal Dock on Tuesday, June 19 at 1:30 p.m. 

Construction began in February 2017 on the more than $13 million revitalization project for the East End gateway into the city. Upgrades include street widening, bike lanes, parking on East Main Street west of Gillies Creek, sidewalks, traffic signals, landscaping, lighting and a newly constructed roundabout above the 100 year flood plain at East Main and relocated Dock Streets. From design to completion the project finished in a record 2.5 years to meet the launch of GRTC’s “The Pulse” on June 24.

Funding for the project came from the state and City of Richmond. In addition to city agencies, key stakeholders include the Economic Development Authority, Rocketts Landing, Stone Brewing, Dominion Energy, the Virginia Department of Transportation, CSX and the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation.

For more information on city services and schedules, please visit richmondgov.com.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Update on North of Broad/Downtown Redevelopment Request for Proposals


Mayor Levar M. Stoney announced today that he has authorized the city administration to enter into negotiations with The NH District Corporation (“NH District Corp.”) for the North of Broad/Downtown Redevelopment Project. 


The selection of NH District Corp. follows a comprehensive and thorough review process during which City staff analyzed the voluminous materials contained in the proposal in addition to information provided by NH District Corp. pursuant to the City’s request for clarifications.

“Though many questions remain and there are important points to negotiate, based upon the results of this review process, I believe there is potential in this proposal to provide transformational change in an underutilized portion of downtown, without negatively impacting the City finances or debt capacity,” the Mayor said.

“After briefing the members of city council, I’ve instructed staff to negotiate with NH District Corp with the understanding that we will only take the next step in this process if we determine it is in the best interests of the community.”

Upon announcing the RFP in November, Mayor Stoney set ambitious goals: To expand economic development and affordable housing opportunities; to generate revenue while achieving poverty mitigation through jobs and training; to provide historic preservation and community revitalization, to promote and support tourism, and to ensure sustainable development and investments in mass transit and infrastructure.

As set forth in the RFP, negotiations are anticipated to take place throughout the summer. If negotiations are successful, the project would be presented to City Council for consideration in the fall.

For more background information, click here.