One Pouncey development endorsed in Henrico; Shire project pulled from agenda
At its meeting last week on rezoning and conditional-use permit requests, the Henrico County Planning Commission recommended approval for Blackwood Development’s One Pouncey project, which would put 295 apartments and 40,000 square feet of commercial space on a 10-acre tract at 4545 Pouncey Tract Road.
Rebkee Co. withdrew its rezoning and permit requests for the final piece of The Shire. The requests had proposed 225 apartments and 18,500 square feet of commercial space for 8 acres on the west side of John Rolfe Parkway at its intersections with Pump and Church roads.
The commission supported a request from H&M Investment Corp. to rezone 11 acres on the north side of Gay Avenue at Chipoax Avenue for a multifamily development. A carwash proposed on the north side of Parham Road just east of Brook Road was endorsed. The full agenda with board actions is available here.
Chesterfield planners to consider parking requirement change, Boulders apartments project
The Chesterfield Planning Commission is expected to vote whether to recommend a proposal to decrease parking space requirements for apartment and townhome developments Tuesday. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at 10001 Iron Bridge Road. Full agenda here.
Other business on the agenda includes a request from Dominion Realty Partners to rezone 27 acres northwest of the intersection of Boulders Spring Drive and Boulders Parkway for a second phase of Boulders Lakeside Apartments. Dominion Realty is planning a six-building complex totaling 214 units.
$17M commercial greenhouse project planned at West Creek
Greenswell Growers Inc. plans to invest more than $17 million to establish a new commercial hydroponic greenhouse operation in Goochland County’s West Creek Industrial Park, according to an announcement by Gov. Ralph Northam. The company will create 27 new jobs in addition to internships and learning opportunities for Goochland County High School’s Career and Technical Education students.
The greenhouse is expected to produce nearly 3.7 million pounds of leafy greens for distribution in the Mid-Atlantic during its first three years of full production. The company has committed to donating 5 percent of its production to area food banks, including Goochland Cares and Feed More.
City completes Franklin Street enhancement project in Shockoe Bottom
A ceremony reopening a stretch of Franklin Street in Shockoe Bottom marked the completion of a $1.8 million project to enhance the street between Ambler and 18th streets. Work started last fall to improve the street as part of the city’s efforts to revitalize the Shockoe area.
The project was designed to provide easier pedestrian and bicycle access to Main Street Station and the 17th Street Farmers Market from the Virginia Capital Trail.
Streetscape improvements include a combination of asphalt, both new and restored cobblestones, bike lanes, brick crosswalks, decorative street lights and trees. The project was funded by the city and state revenue-sharing money.
Proposed Black Lives Matter street mural on city planning agenda
The Richmond Planning Commission meets Monday at 1:30 p.m. Business on the consent agenda includes review of a temporary street mural proposed for East Grace Street between Ninth and Eighth streets. The yellow-lettered mural would read “Black Lives Matter” and would stretch nearly 200 feet long and 24 feet wide across the two-lane street across from the entrance to the Virginia State Capitol.
Venture Richmond is proposing the mural, which would follow similar installations in Washington, D.C., and seven other cities across the country. The mural would be painted over five days by Richmond artists Hamilton Glass and Ed Trask. Venture Richmond’s request includes letters of support from Glass, City Councilmember Ellen Robertson, Downtown Neighborhood Association, and local ad agencies The Martin Agency and West Cary Group.
Richmond City Council meets in special session Thursday at 1 p.m. Business includes acceptance of an additional $20.1 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Fund monies allocated through the state, and amendments to City Code concerning the award of franchises and permits to operators of emergency medical service vehicles. Full agenda available here.
Henrico contributes funds to support historic cemetery restoration
Henrico County is contributing $25,000 to local nonprofit Evergreen Restoration Foundation to support its restoration of historic Woodland Cemetery at 2300 Magnolia Road.
The century-old cemetery, established in 1916 for the interment of Black residents during segregation, includes 30,000 graves across 29 acres, including those of tennis champion and civil rights activist Arthur Ashe Jr. and the Rev. John Jasper, founder of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond. Doctors, dentists, bankers and a woman who spied for the Union during the Civil War also are buried there.
Evergreen has purchased the property and plans to restore the grounds. Henrico is awarding a $25,000 grant to the nonprofit to offset acquisition costs and will provide ongoing assistance in fundraising for grounds maintenance.
Chesterfield treasurer elected to state investment pool board
Chesterfield Treasurer Rebecca Longnaker was elected to the board of trustees for the Virginia Association of Counties/Virginia Municipal League’s Virginia Investment Pool. The pool is a local government investment tool that provides Virginia localities means to pool funds for investment under the guidance of a fund manager. The pool has more than $2 billion in assets under management.
As a board member, Longnaker is tasked with oversight of investment and financial management strategies intended to address the needs of the state’s local governments. The county announced Longnaker’s election Friday. She began serving on the board in July.