The Agenda: Local government briefs for 4.26.21

Three of the city-owned properties included in the real estate disposition plan include, clockwise from bottom left: the Coliseum; the Public Safety Building at Ninth and Leigh streets; and the parking lot at 609 E. Grace St. The Theatre Row Building on Broad Street, bottom right, is not included in the plan after being considered for a surplus declaration last year. (BizSense file and submitted photos)

City real estate plan, Theatre Row Building renovation on council agenda

The Richmond City Council meets Monday starting with a budget amendment work session at 1 p.m. and an informal meeting at 4 p.m.

Business on the 6 p.m. regular meeting agenda includes a vote on the city’s Biennial Real Estate Plan, which proposes the sale and disposal of 77 city-owned parcels considered surplus properties.

Thirty-six of the parcels would go to the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust, 24 to lower-income housing nonprofit developers, and 17 would be sold through an RFP process to private developers for large-scale mixed-use and mixed-income development.

The private development parcels include the 60-acre site that includes The Diamond, as well as the Fulton Gas Works site and the Coliseum.

Also on the agenda is an ordinance amendment that would allocate $352,000 from the sale of the city’s Public Safety Building for renovations to the Theatre Row Building at 730 E. Broad St. The renovations would alter space previously leased by VCU for use by the Department of Justice Services and the Adult Drug Court program, which were previously housed in the Public Safety Building.

The full meeting agenda can be found here.

Financing, bonds for two apartment projects on Henrico agenda

Henrico County supervisors meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Full agenda here.

Business includes an $18 million bond issuance approval for the purchase and rehab of Place One Apartments, a 114-unit complex at 4222 Almora Ave. The bonds would be issued by the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, as Henrico does not have a housing authority through which the purchaser could apply for low-income housing tax credits.

New York-based Aurelie Capital is planning to redevelop 16 acres at 2314 Hungary Road, where the 56-year-old Laurel Park Shopping Center currently stands, into a mixed-use project with 350 apartments and 12,000 square feet of retail space. (File rendering)

Also on the agenda is a resolution related to financing for a 350-unit apartment complex planned as part of Laurel Park, a mixed-use development to replace the Laurel Park Shopping Center at 2314 Hungary Road.

Planning commission OKs Trapezium permit, defers Shockoe parcel zoning

At its meeting last week, the Richmond Planning Commission supported a special-use permit request for Trapezium Brewing Co.’s planned offshoot location in the former Richmond Association of Masonic Lodges building at 520 N. 25th St. It continued to May 17 a TOD-1 rezoning requested for a half-acre plot at 1801 E. Main St. that sold in November.

Both items are on Monday’s City Council agenda but are slated to be continued to its May 24 meeting.

The commission also approved updates to design guidelines for the city’s parklet program and approved a parklet design for the 100 block of West Brookland Park Boulevard, where Ms. Bee’s Juice Bar is working with HKS Architects on a custom-designed parklet in front of its storefront.

Chesterfield supervisors to consider Rockwood area development plan

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to meet Wednesday. Full agenda here.

A map of the Rockwood Special Focus Area. Chesterfield supervisors are slated to vote on a proposed land-use plan to guide the area toward higher-density residential and mixed-use development. (Image courtesy of Chesterfield County)

On the board’s to-do list is a public hearing and vote on the proposed Rockwood Special Focus Area, which if approved would serve to guide future land use, development and other policies for about 673 acres centered on several shopping centers at the intersection of Hull Street and Courthouse roads near Rockwood Park. The Planning Commission recommended approval at its meeting in February.

Goochland adopts $141M FY22 budget

The Goochland County Board of Supervisors OK’d the county’s fiscal year 2022 budget last week.

The county’s FY22 general fund is $65.4 million, which is a 13 percent increase compared to the FY21 budget. The county’s budget across all funds is $141.3 million. The budget goes into effect July 1.

The county’s real estate tax rate remains unchanged at 53 cents per $100 of assessed value. Real estate tax revenue increased by 14 percent ($3.9 million) compared to the FY21 budget.

The county’s capital improvements plan earmarks $46.8 million in FY22, and a replacement elementary school is among the year’s projects. County employees are slated for a 3 percent merit-based salary hike.

Sherry promoted to Goochland community development chief

Jamie Sherry

Maureen “Jamie” Sherry was promoted to community development director for Goochland. In her new role, Sherry oversees the county department that includes building inspections, planning and zoning and environmental land development.

Sherry assumed her new role April 16. She was previously the department’s assistant director. Sherry holds a master’s degree in regional and urban planning and a bachelor’s degree from VCU. She has worked as a planner in Dinwiddie County, Colonial Heights and Henrico County.

Chesterfield Planning Commission defers vote on 575-unit development

The Chesterfield County Planning Commission opted to put a proposal for a 575-unit development called Oasis Park on the backburner last week.

Commissioners voted to defer their consideration of the proposal to their May 18 meeting. The project would need a rezoning to make way for the development on 60 acres along Cosby Road, Millwood School Lane and Village Square Parkway in the Matoaca District. The development would consist of 400 townhouses and a 175-unit assisted living facility.

Also at the meeting, commissioners voted to recommend approval of an extension of the southern boundary of the Route 1 Residential Overlay Area from its current position north of Osborne Road to north of Route 288.

The overlay district, which was recently amended, allows commercial properties along Jefferson Davis Highway to include townhouse and apartment developments. The board of supervisors will make a final determination at a future meeting.

Commissioners voted to recommend approval of a project proposed by The Maggie Walker Community Land Trust to build 10 single-family homes at 3901 Dupuy Road in the Matoaca District. The Board of Supervisors will render a final verdict at a future meeting.

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