The Agenda: Local government briefs for 10.25.21

A rendering of how the expanded building in Church Hill would look after being converted for mixed use. (BizSense file)

Church Hill mixed-use project advances; VUU tower signage vote deferred

At its meeting last week, the Richmond Planning Commission recommended approval of a proposed mixed-use conversion of a duplex at 3101-3105 E. Marshall St. in Church Hill.

Commissioners had previously voted 4-3 against the request, with some members not participating in the vote last month, but the case was sent back to the commission by the City Council because the vote was on a motion that failed and wasn’t followed by a motion that was successfully passed.

The commission deferred a vote on the proposed City Center Small Area Plan, which wasn’t ready for presentation in time for the meeting. It also deferred a vote to Nov. 15 on a special-use permit request from Virginia Union University to allow its “VUU” signage to remain on its campus belltower. An agreement between the university and the state to allow the signs had not been finalized by the meeting.

The Planning Commission also voted last week to recommend a special-use permit tied to a proposed PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans at 3401 Patterson Ave. in the Museum District. The proposal heads to the City Council, which will consider final approval at a future meeting.

A site plan for Moore’s Lake shows The Jane apartments in gray and new development in colors, with the dead-end townhomes and single-family homes on the edges of the site. (BizSense file)

Moore’s Lake development, Lingerfelt apartments advance in Chesterfield

At its meeting last week, the Chesterfield County Planning Commission recommended approval of Moore’s Lake, an 830-home mixed-use development by George Emerson and Phil Roper planned for 172 acres around their Jane at Moore’s Lake apartments. The commission also supported Lingerfelt Development’s plan for a 390-unit apartment complex near Route 10 and Route 1.

Spending plan for $77M in ARPA funding focus of City Council meeting

The Richmond City Council meets in special session Monday at 6 p.m. Agenda available here. The meeting is specific to the city’s spending plan for more than $77.4 million in American Recovery Plan Act funding allocated to the city.

Big-ticket items in the plan include $12.5 million for stormwater improvements, $10 million to go to the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund, $8 million for the Southside Community Center, and $6.8 million for redevelopment of Creighton Court, among other allocations requiring budget amendments. More on the spending plan is detailed on the city’s website.

Chesterfield supervisors to consider 500-home HHHunt project

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

On tap is a rezoning request from HHHunt to add about 500 homes to the Charter Colony subdivision. The expansion, called Charter Colony West, would consist of 495 homes on 157 acres along the eastern side of Route 288, just north of its connection with Woolridge Road. The expansion would include 375 detached homes and 120 townhomes.

Also on the agenda is a rezoning request from Caduceus Development to pave the way for a mixed-use project at 11501 Iron Bridge Road, which is across from Ironbridge Sports Park. The project would feature a maximum of 210 apartments in a single apartment building and four commercial buildings on 13 acres.

Four local design firms land annual contracts with Henrico

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

Business on the agenda includes contract awards for annual architecture, interior design and engineering services. A request for proposals attracted 13 proposals, and a committee selected four firms to be awarded contracts: Moseley Architects, Quinn Evans Architects, NBJ Architecture and Enteros Design. Fees for each contract will be limited to $750,000 per project and $2.5 million per one-year term.

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