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Sidewalk Reopens on North Arthur Ashe Boulevard Bridge

In-house crew saves the city $51,500

The sidewalk has reopened and pedestrian access has resumed on the northbound side of the North Arthur Ashe Boulevard Bridge between Leigh Street and Avenue of Champions. 

A routine bridge inspection in November revealed an emergency repair was needed to fix one of the concrete piers that supports the northbound sidewalk. 

The Department of Public Works used its in-house Bridge Team for the job, which cost $33,800, compared to $85,300 it would have cost to use a contractor. That resulted in a savings of $51,500. 

The November inspection revealed no safety concerns on the traffic lanes or the southbound sidewalk.

Richmond 300 to host second community meeting for Greater Scott’s Addition Redevelopment Study December 16

As part of the Richmond 300: Guide for Growth master plan effort, the Department of Planning and Development Review is taking a closer look at the Greater Scott’s Addition area, which includes the Diamond and its environs.
The second Greater Scott’s Addition community meeting, titled “Identifying the Opportunity,” will take place on Monday, December 16, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad Street.
Attend this meeting to learn about past proposals and discuss the future of the Greater Scott’s Addition area as we seek to develop guiding principles for the area’s redevelopment.
Councilmember Kim Gray hosted the first meeting to talk about Greater Scott’s Addition on July 23, 2019 at the Science Museum of Virginia. The meeting included remarks from: Ms. Gray; Trevor Dickerson, President of Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association; Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, Chief Scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia; and Mark A. Olinger, Director of the Department of Plan…

Navy Hill Town Hall Video and Presentation Materials

For those residents of Richmond who have not been able to attend one of Mayor Levar Stoney's four Navy Hill town hall meetings, video footage of the presentation and the accompanying Powerpoint have been made available.

Click here to watch the video of Mayor Stoney and Director of Economic Development Leonard Sledge giving the presentation.

Follow along with this link to the Powerpoint presentation.

The last of Mayor Stoney's Navy Hill town hall meetings is this evening, 6 p.m., at Albert Hill Middle School.


Attention Public Housing Residents: "RRHA to Freeze Evictions for Remainder of 2019"

The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority recently issued a press release containing vital public information entitled, "RRHA to Freeze Evictions for Remainder of 2019." According to the release, for the remainder of 2019 no public housing resident will be removed from their unit due to debt owed to RRHA. RRHA has also committed to "an agency-wide evaluation of... public housing families' rental accounts and give tenants that are in arrears the opportunity to come current" as well as a re-evaluation of current rent collection policies. ALL SCHEDULED EVICTIONS ARE CANCELED. Please spread the word to affected persons. Per the release, public housing residents should contact Ralph Stuckey of RRHA at 804-780-4291 for next steps.

Federal, General and Affordable Housing Trust Fund applications now available

The applications for federal, city general fund, and Affordable Housing Trust Fund grants are currently available.

Workshops will be held on November 14thfrom 10-11:30 at the Main Library 101 E. Franklin St. and from 6pm to 7pm at the Police Academy 1202 W. Graham Rd.

Current Funding for Affordable Housing Trust Fund Federal Funds FY 2021 - Application Checklist

City of Richmond FY2021 Federal Funds and Current Funding for Affordable Housing Trust Fund - Application Guidelines

City of Richmond FY 2021 City General Fund - Application Guidelines

City General Fund - Application Checklist


Improvements to RVA311 Request System, November 2019

Significant improvements to several Public Works request types will be implemented in RVA311 on November 1. Changes will separate out some request types that were previously combined, resulting in three benefits:1.It will be easier to find the right request for your needs
2.Submissions will be more accurate
3.Requests will route to the appropriate internal team more efficiently Two other, similar request types will be combined for ease of use. In addition, descriptions of these requests have been completely rewritten to explain clearly to citizens what process they need to follow and what to expect when submitting a request. “Parking Application” has been separated into two distinct requests: "Request Handicap Parking Sign" and "Request Residential Parking Permit." Request routing has been improved.“Paid Services” Request has been redesigned into three distinct requests, tailored to each need to be easier to use for both citizens and Solid Waste staff: "Request Res…

City of Richmond to Host Downtown Illumination RVA

After 34 years of making downtown Richmond shine, the time-honored tradition of Grand Illumination hosted by the James Center will now be operated by the City of Richmond. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (PRCF) will host Downtown Illumination RVA at Kanawha Plaza, 801 E. Canal Street, on Friday, December 6, 2019 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Originally catered to the tenants, visitors, and their families of the Hames Center, this long-standing kick-off to the holiday season has annually attracted thousands to Downtown Richmond for family-friendly fun. The City of Richmond would like to thank the James Center for serving as the originators and the driving force behind this time-honored holiday tradition.

PRCF will have more details in the coming weeks.

For more information about the department, follow PRCF on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



As a primary recipient of Federal Funds HCD is required by federal mandate to post these draft documents for the public to view.

Click the links below: CAPER FY18-19 Draft

Homeward and City of Richmond request input from community members on homeless strategic plan

In 2018, the City of Richmond contracted with Homeward, the planning and coordinating agency for homeless services in the Greater Richmond area, to create a strategic plan for addressing homelessness in the city. Now, Homeward is soliciting input to create a plan that reflects the needs and interests of the community.
To voice your opinion, take this survey:
The survey will be available through August 29, 2019.
For more information,

City Closing Lynhaven Avenue Bridge Immediately in Anticipation of Replacement

The Lynhaven Avenue Bridge over Broad Rock Creek is shutting down immediately as the city prepares to replace the 70 year old structure.
Funding for the new bridge, estimated at $1.1 million, is in place effective July 1, 2019 and the project is expected to be advertised for construction bids this coming fall with work commencing in the winter. The replacement bridge is scheduled to open before the fall of next year.
The bridge has a posted weight limit of three tons due to some deterioration. However, the continued violations by large commercial vehicles prompted the closing. The impact to motorists will be minimal, as only approximately 520 vehicles cross the bridge daily. Traffic detours will be implemented near the location.
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Fiscal Year 2020 Consolidated Annual Action Plan

Please click here to view or download the FY 2020 Consolidated Annual Action Plan

Mayor Levar M. Stoney's Community Office Hours Presentation - Available for Public Access

Click here to access Mayor Levar Stoney's Community Office Hours presentation.

Volunteers Needed for the 2019 Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Camp Ambassador Program

Richmond, VA – The City of Richmond’s Neighbor-To-Neighbor program is looking for 200 volunteers to serve as Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors. The Washington Redskins Training Camp will begin on July 25 and conclude on August 11, 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 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For Security Ambassadors, the morning shift will be from 7:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the afternoon shift will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

There will be a few dates with only a single practice, resulting in only one volunteer shift.

All volunteers will receive the foll…

Public Events Celebrating African and African-American Heritage, Provided by Elegba Folklore Society

The following events celebrate aspects of African and African-American heritage during the summer months. All information for these events was provided by the Elegba Folklore Society. Learn more about the Elegba Folklore Society at
Juneteenth, A Freedom Celebration
Symposium, Friday, June 14 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Elegba Folklore Society, 101 E. Broad Street Independence Day Our Way, Saturday, June 15 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Manchester Dock Homage to Our Ancestors, Sunday, June 16 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Visit for more information.
Grand Opening of Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality
Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture Admission complimentary, RSVP requested
What is Africa to Me? Perspectives on History and Culture Community Study Group Wednesday, June 19 at Elegba Folklore Society
Out of Darkness, Showing and Conversation Part of the 3rd Saturday Documen…