The Agenda: Local government briefs for 10.11.21

The Cobb Lumber complex on Hermitage Road, just north of the railroad crossing. (Jonathan Spiers photos)

Hermitage Road rezoning, top administrator appointment on City Council agenda

The Richmond City Council meets Monday. Agendas available here.

Business on the 6 p.m. regular agenda includes a surplus designation and TOD-1 zoning proposed for a 0.17-acre portion of the Richmond Ambulance Authority property at 2400 Hermitage Road. The rezoned property would be sold for $110,250 to Breeden Investment Properties, an affiliate of Virginia Beach-based The Breeden Co., which would incorporate it into a mixed-use development it’s planning at the adjacent Cobb Lumber site.

The council also is scheduled to hold a public hearing and vote on Mayor Levar Stoney’s appointment of Lincoln Saunders as chief administrative officer. Saunders, Stoney’s former chief of staff, has been serving as acting CAO since December, when previous acting CAO Lenora Reid went on medical leave due to an unspecified medical event. The city announced Reid’s retirement last month, coinciding with Stoney’s recommendation to appoint Saunders to the role on a permanent basis.

GreenCity, Innsbrook mixed-use rezonings on Henrico agenda

An aerial rendering of the proposed $2.3 billion GreenCity development. (BizSense file)

Henrico supervisors meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. Business includes rezoning and permit requests for GreenCity, the arena-anchored, multi-use development planned for 200 acres generally northeast of Parham Road and Interstate 95, including the county-owned Best Products site.

The board also is scheduled to vote on Highwoods Properties’ proposed mixed-use development on about 34 acres at Innsbrook’s northern entrance at Nuckols Road and Interstate 295.

Applications accepted for Henrico small business grant program

LISC Virginia is working with the Henrico County Department of Community Revitalization (DCR) for the launch of the Henrico County Small Business Resiliency Grant Program (SBRG). The program provides grants and coaching services to small Henrico County businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses will receive financial support and assistance in creating and implementing business plans that build their long-term resiliency and sustainability for continued operation during the pandemic and beyond. Program participants will receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 and monthly coaching sessions to aid in the development and implementation of their project. Special consideration will be given to women-, minority- and veteran-owned small businesses.

EOI forms are due Wednesday, Nov. 3. Details here.

65-lot subdivision approved in eastern Goochland

The Goochland Board of Supervisors voted last week to greenlight a 65-lot subdivision at the intersection of Hockett Road and Songbird Lane.

Towne & County Realty Partners LLC and Joy-Scott LLC filed the rezoning application tied to the project. The project area consists of four parcels comprised of about 65 acres. The houses would be single-family detached homes.

The Board of Supervisors deferred its final verdict on the proposal in July and again in September. Since July, the applicant trimmed the number of lots from 130 to 65 and increased the minimum lot width to 90 feet among other changes.

Rezoning tied to new Dollar General deferred in Goochland

A rezoning request that would pave the way for construction of a Dollar General will have to wait for consideration by the Goochland Planning Commission.

The commission voted to delay its vote on whether to recommend Rhetson Companies’ rezoning request to allow construction of a roughly 11,000-square-foot Dollar General store.

The property on which the Dollar General would rise is 5284 River Road West, which is near the intersection of Hadensville Fife Road and River Road West in the western part of the county.

The proposal is expected to be revisited by the commission Dec. 2.

Rappahannock Community College to bring welding program to New Kent with state grant

Rappahannock Community College will bring its welding program to New Kent, a project that will largely be bankrolled by a recently announced state grant.

The state awarded $300,000 through the Growth and Opportunity for Virginia economic development grant program to help the community college add welding facilities to its New Kent campus.

It will be RCC’s third welding training facility, joining training programs on the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck, a college spokeswoman said.

State funds will be used to renovate the historic New Kent High School cafeteria to create a space for the program. RCC will contribute $150,000 for renovations and equipment, the spokeswoman said.

The award came as part of a more than $7.7 million round of grant allocations throughout the state, which the governor’s office announced late September.

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