The Agenda: Local government briefs for 11.8.21

A rendering of the slavery museum that would be part of the planned Enslaved African American Heritage Campus in Shockoe Bottom. (File image courtesy of SmithGroup)

Shockoe heritage campus funds, Church Hill mixed-use project on agenda

The Richmond City Council meets Monday at 6 p.m. Full agenda available here.

Business on the consent agenda includes an ordinance amendment that would appropriate $1.3 million in funding for the planned Enslaved African American Heritage Campus in Shockoe Bottom. The allocation would bring the total amount of city funding designated for the project to $3 million. A portion of the funding would be used to procure design and community engagement services.

Also included are special-use permit requests tied to a proposed PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans at 3401 Patterson Ave. in the Museum District, and to allow up to seven attached homes and either one detached home or offices and a common area at 6900 and 6904 Patterson Ave.

Thalhimer Realty Partners seeks to rezone 3.5 acres at 1903-1905 Chamberlayne Ave. and 1900 Roane St. from light industrial to B-7 Mixed-Use Business District. The company bought the land at Chamberlayne and Tazewell Street for $2.75 million in June.

Jeremy Connell’s Pareto LLC seeks to rezone 2723 E. Cary St. for a 47-unit apartment building with structured parking. Developer Bryan Traylor seeks a special-use permit for a mixed-use building with nine dwelling units and commercial space at 2200 and 2202 Carrington St. in Union Hill.

Business on the regular agenda includes a proposed mixed-use conversion of a duplex at 3101-3105 E. Marshall St. in Church Hill. The proposal had come before the council before, but it was sent back to the Planning Commission because a vote against the project did not come in the form of a passed recommendation. A subsequent vote by the commission ended up recommending approval.

A rendering of the 10-story tower Lingerfelt Development is planning on the site of its headquarters at 4198 Cox Road. (Courtesy of Henrico County)

Innsbrook apartments, investment program, bond referendum on agendas

Henrico supervisors meet Tuesday. Full agenda here. The board will discuss a 2022 bond referendum in a special meeting that starts at 5:30 p.m.

Business on the 7 p.m. regular meeting agenda includes Lingerfelt Development’s reworked proposals to add nearly 1,400 apartments and structured parking across five office building properties it owns in Innsbrook.

The board will consider Better Housing Coalition’s plan for 112 apartments and 28 townhomes on 10 acres just east of the county’s Eastern Government Center, as well as KM Hotels’ revised plan for the former Akaza Hotel property at 6531 W. Broad St., where 250 apartments are now proposed.

Also on the agenda is an ordinance creating a Henrico Investment Program, which would provide development and redevelopment incentives in designated areas of the county.

The program’s incentives and qualifications are modeled on those in the county’s Enterprise Zones and brings their benefits to new areas. Another ordinance would expand the county’s tax exemption program for older commercial and industrial structures.

Other business includes a memorandum of understanding with Maggie Walker Community Land Trust to develop a 21-home subdivision on property at 1214 New Market Road and 6517 McLean St. Twelve of the single-family homes would be income-based and restricted to buyers earning less than 115 percent of the area median income.

Sample elevations of the proposed detached cluster-style homes that would be in Charter Colony West. (Images courtesy of HHHunt Communities)

Chesterfield approves Charter Colony expansion, Oasis Park development

HHHunt got the green light from the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors last month for its 495-home expansion of the Charter Colony development.

Called Charter Colony West, the expansion would feature up to 495 homes (375 detached homes and 120 townhomes) on a 157-acre site on the east side of Route 288 just north of its connection with Woolridge Road.

Supervisors also voted to approve the Oasis Park development. Main Street Homes plans to build up to 400 townhomes and a 175-unit senior living facility on 60 acres near Cosby High School. The overall density of the project is limited to 400 residential units. The proposal met with opposition from area residents as well as delays during its approval process.

The iteration of the plan that got approved by the board features a decreased density (from a maximum of 475 units to a maximum of 400 units) compared to what was previously proposed, among other tweaks that got it over the finish line.

A rezoning request from Caduceus Development also got the nod needed to set the stage for a mixed-use development at 11501 Iron Bridge Road, across from Ironbridge Sports Park. The development is planned to include an apartment building of up to 210 units and four commercial buildings on about 13 acres.

City hires new deputy CAO for finance and administration

The City of Richmond hired Sabrina Joy-Hogg as deputy chief administrative officer for finance and administration.

Sabrina Joy-Hogg

She replaces Lenora Reid, who had served in the role since 2015 until she was named acting CAO in 2019. The deputy position was left unfilled during that time. Reid retired in August.

Joy-Hogg will oversee the departments of finance, budget and strategic planning, human resources, procurement and IT. The position reports directly to CAO Lincoln Saunders, who was appointed to the post last month after serving a year as acting CAO while Reid was on an extended medical leave.

Joy-Hogg has three decades of experience in public service. She previously served as the chief deputy city manager of Norfolk and deputy city manager of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Joy-Hogg most recently was a residential technical advisor to the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development of the Republic of Uganda through the United States Treasury. She also has worked as a policy and planning specialist for Virginia’s Department of Planning and Budget in Richmond.

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