Showing posts from June, 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 surveyby 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 theRichmond 300 websiteand 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 o…

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

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

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…

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 proc…

Mayor Stoney, Superintendent Kamras Announce Vision Screening Results from 2017/2018 School Year

Mayor Levar M. Stoney today joined Richmond Public Schools (RPS) Superintendent Jason Kamras at E.S.H Greene Elementary School to announce the results of the vision screenings from the 2017/2018 school year conducted at every RPS location across the city. Through a partnership withnonprofitsConexus and Vision To Learn, 12,467 students were screened over the course of the school year,and4,040were referredfor eye exams.The effort began in October of last year at Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary School.

“The Richmond community faces many challenges in helping our children be successful, and seeing the chalkboard should not be one of them,” said Mayor Stoney. “After receiving glasses, we have seen students’ math and reading grades increase, as well as improved classroom behavior and focus on class discussion and assignments. I thank Conexus and Vision To Learn for giving our students the opportunity for a better educational experience and making Richmond a leader in Comprehensive Vision Progra…

Text-to-911 now available in the Richmond Capital Region

Click here to watch the "911 - Call if you can, text if you can't" video

Getting help in an emergency is now faster and easier for those who are deaf or hard of-hearing in the Richmond capital region. As of June 4, those who are not able to call 911 can send a text message to 911 for emergency assistance in Richmond, Chesterfield County and Henrico County. This service already is available in Colonial Heights and Hanover County.

“We encourage residents to call 911 when they can and to text when they can’t,” said Stephen Willoughby, director and chief of Richmond’s Department of Emergency Communications. “If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, you can’t speak or it’s not safe for you to speak, you can send a text to 911. Otherwise, it’s best for you to call,” he said.

Residents should follow these additional guidelines when texting 911;

• Call if you can, text if you can’t.
• Send a text message to 911 if you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, can’t speak, or it is not safe for …

Volunteers Needed for the 2018 Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Camp Ambassador Program

The City of Richmond’s Neighbor-To-Neighbor program is looking for 250 volunteers to serve as Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors. The Washington Redskins Training Camp will begin on July 26 and conclude on August 14, held at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.
The Richmond Training Camp Ambassador program allows volunteers to be the “face” of Richmond. Program participants highlight local tourism destinations, restaurants and other points of interest in the city, answer questions about training camp and help make it a fun and safe event for all attendees.
For Fan Experience Ambassadors, the morning shift will be from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the afternoon shift will be from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For Security Ambassadors, the morning shift will be from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the afternoon shift will be from 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
There will be a few dates with only a single practice, resulting in only one volunteer shift.
All volunteers will receive the following general incent…

Water Safety 2018

The James River Park System is Richmond's largest, most unique and best known park receiving well over one million visitors a year. It is actually a system of parks along both sides of the James River as it passes through the city, making Richmond the only urban city in the country with Class IV white water rapids in the middle of downtown. Regardless of its natural beauty, there are many dangers when visiting the James or any body of water.

The City of Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services will be operating a two person bike team every Saturday and Sunday on Belle Isle (additionally on Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Wednesday July 4th) weather permitting. These teams have had a direct impact on the safety of visitors and they will serve as water safety ambassadors during peak visiting season. Here are some general safety tips we recommend you follow whenever water activities are planned:
Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well and swim in designated area…

DMV Connect Services to be Provided at City Hall

The Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) mobile customer service center – DMV Connect – will be at Richmond City Hall, 900 E. Broad Street, on June 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and located in the City Treasurer’s area next to room 107 of the first floor.

DMV Connect offers common DMV transactions including applying for and renewing driver's licenses and ID cards, titles and registrations, license plates, driver transcripts, disabled parking placards or plates, address changes, E-ZPass transponders, hunting and fishing licenses and much more.

June 4 is also the day before vehicle personal property taxes are due to the city and will be an opportune time and convenient way for taxpayers to conduct business at City Hall. Taxpayers who are not current on their taxes can find the city’s delinquent collections unit located next door to the City Treasurer in room 109, where paying delinquent taxes will release DMV registration holds.

Citizens are encouraged to research and bring the required docu…

Mayor Stoney Appoints Senior Policy Advisor for Youth Initiatives

Mayor Levar M. Stoney is pleased to announce Eva Colen is joining the administration as a Senior Policy Advisor for Youth Initiatives.

A Norfolk native who currently lives in east Richmond, Colen will be responsible for advancing the mayor’s policies and priorities to benefit the “whole” child by collaborating with Richmond Public Schools through the Education Compact and overseeing the Mayor’s focus on out-of-school time opportunities.

“Eva is a difference maker and a great fit for our team,” said Mayor Stoney. “Her can-do work ethic, experience and innovative thinking on the challenges we face will make things happen for the young people in our city.”

A former school teacher and education equity advocate, Colen said that she is looking forward to leveraging her experience in education to align City services with Richmond Public Schools and external partners around shared goals for Richmond’s youth.

“We will pursue all available opportunities to secure the resources to offer our kids wha…

Mayor to Host Community Office Hours in All Nine City Districts

Mayor Levar M. Stoney will be hostingcommunity office hoursin June and July, continuinghis commitment to meet with citizens in each of the city’s nine districts,in their districts, and face-to-face. The Community Office Hours provide anopportunity for hundreds of Richmond residents to meet with the mayor, make suggestions and share their ideas and concerns.