‘Diamond District’ land, Lee Circle gift on City Council agenda
The Richmond City Council meets Monday starting with an informal session at 3 p.m. Business includes an update from Richmond Region Tourism, a presentation on “reimagining council agencies” to improve government and budget presentations from city departments.
Business on the 6 p.m. regular meeting agenda includes a surplus designation for a 5-acre property at 3101 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., which is slated to be included in the “Diamond District” redevelopment. The undeveloped land beside Interstate 64 includes a ballfield, recycling site and the century-old Westham Station building.
A special-use authorization is sought for a proposed mixed-use conversion of a duplex at 3101-3105 E. Marshall St. in Church Hill. The proposal has 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.
Other business includes acceptance of Lee Circle at 1700 Monument Ave. as a gift from the state. The 0.75-acre circle previously housed the Robert E. Lee Monument and is assessed at $1.1 million. The site is proposed to be used as public open space. A separate item would declare a public necessity to remove Civil War monuments at 1900 Stuart Ave. and in Monroe Park.
Several items on the agenda are being deferred to the Jan. 24 meeting due to the Planning Commission canceling its meeting last week due to inclement weather. Full agendas for the council meetings can be found here.
City seeks feedback on draft transit and mobility planning document
Richmond’s Office of Equitable Transit and Mobility completed a draft policy framework for Richmond Connects, a multimodal transportation planning process set to begin in March. Called “Path to Equity: Policy Guide for Richmond Connects,” the plan is ready for public review following virtual and in-person community engagement last year.
The goal of the document is to provide a foundation to guide the implementation of the upcoming project-based transportation plan, the city said in a release. Once finalized, the framework will help prioritize needs and recommend transportation projects and programs for the city in Richmond Connects.
The public is asked to review and comment on the draft policy guide before Jan. 31. The document can be viewed here. The public can also join a webinar on Jan. 10 from 1 to 2 p.m. to learn more about the planning process. More info is available on the city’s Path to Equity webpage.
Chester, Horner Park townhome developments move forward
The Chesterfield County Planning Commission voted in late December to recommend approval of two proposals tied to new townhome developments.
Duke Quality Homes LLC wants to build 145 townhomes on a 32-acre site along Osborne Road and Interstate 95 in Chester. Of those townhomes, at least 110 of them would be age-restricted.
Also recommended was a proposal by Piedmont Venture LLC to build 245 townhomes on a 164-acre site at 17501 Genito Road. The site is in western Chesterfield near Horner Park.
Both proposals now head to the desk of the Board of Supervisors, which will consider final approval.
Chesterfield supervisors select Winslow as new chairman
The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors voted last week to make Supervisor Chris Winslow its chairman for 2022, taking over the leadership of the board from Supervisor James Holland.
The board also voted to make Supervisor Leslie Haley its vice chairwoman for 2022. Winslow was vice chairman in 2021.
At that meeting, the board also approved its meetings calendar for 2022, which can be found here.