Chimborazo area mixed-use building on City Council agenda
The Richmond City Council meets Monday. Full agendas can be found here.
Business on the consent agenda for the 6 p.m. regular meeting includes a special-use request for developer Daniil Kleyman’s plan for a mixed-use development with 31 dwelling units and ground-floor commercial space at 4000 Government Road.
Also on the consent agenda is an ordinance amendment to allow changes including new masonry construction instead of previously planned shipping containers for the Richmond Art Garage gallery planned at 205 W. Brookland Park Blvd.
The council plans to continue to its Dec. 12 meeting a special-use request to allow a restaurant to operate on the first floor of 401 S. Stafford Ave., in addition to an apartment unit on the building’s second floor.
$511M bond referendum passes in Henrico
Henrico voters overwhelmingly approved all four questions in the county’s 2022 bond referendum, clearing the way for the county to issue $511.4 million in debt to fund capital projects for schools, parks, public safety and drainage improvements. Approvals for the questions ranged from 84 to 89 percent of votes, according to the unofficial results.
The bonds’ approval requires no increase to county tax rates, officials have said.
The county expects to issue the debt over a period of six years, keeping an eye on interest rates and financial markets. The voter approval authorizes $340.5 million for schools, $37 million for parks, $83.8 million for fire stations and other public safety facilities, and $50 million for drainage and flood prevention.
More than 20 projects have been proposed for funding through the referendum. A plan for financing and construction will begin to be determined over the next few months. Details on the projects can be found on the county’s website.
Henrico sports and events center construction progressing at VCC
Henrico posted a video showing the county’s sports and events center taking shape at Virginia Center Commons. The county marked the start of vertical construction in September on the long-sought venue, which is part of the suburban indoor mall’s planned transformation into an urban-style, mixed-use village.
Once finished next September, the facility will feature more than 115,000 square feet of event space with room for 12 basketball courts that can be converted to 24 volleyball courts and an arena with stadium seating.
Motorsports consultant to share Southside Speedway analysis
A motorsports consultant is slated to present a report on Southside Speedway during the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday.
The report comes as the county revealed that an unnamed developer’s proposal to reopen the track has been determined unsustainable.
Motorsports Consulting Services principal Martyn Thake is scheduled to present his findings on what sort of investment would make the speedway a viable racing track, as well as his analysis of the track’s existing facilities, according to a county news release last week.
The Chesterfield economic development authority hired the Arizona-based consultant to study the racetrack that the EDA acquired in 2021. The speedway shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
County officials have said the racetrack property could be a redevelopment opportunity to support the nearby River City Sportsplex, a 115-acre youth sports tournaments venue.
The proposed Genito/288 Special Focus Area Plan provides guidelines for redevelopment of the speedway and other areas around the sportsplex. The board is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to adopt the land-use plan to guide the county when it considers development proposals in the area.
In its news release last week, Chesterfield announced that an unsolicited proposal received by the EDA over the summer from a developer that wanted to redevelop the speedway with a racing component is no longer on the table.
“It was mutually determined that (the developer) could not do so in a sustainable manner at this time because of capital and financing costs,” the release read.
That being said, the release states Chesterfield hasn’t “closed the door” on racing at the speedway.
The board is also scheduled to make a final decision on a zoning amendment tied to a proposal to build a grocery store at Winterpock Crossing. The Planning Commission has recommended approval of the proposal.
Planning Commission to consider 100-home subdivision
The Chesterfield Planning Commission is slated to meet on Tuesday. Full agenda here.
On tap is a request for rezoning to pave the way for a 100-lot, single-family subdivision called Rose Ridge on a 230-acre site near the intersection of Riverway and River roads.
Staff recommends denial of the proposed project, saying among other things the proposed rezoning to residential (R-40) from agricultural is inconsistent with the comprehensive plan’s recommendation to preserve agricultural uses in the area. The project is in a mandatory wastewater connection area, and is seeking an exception to the requirement it be connected to the public wastewater system, according to a staff report.
Also on the agenda is a request by Planning Commissioner Tommy Owens to initiate the creation of a rezoning request application for the Matoaca fire station property at 21502 Pickett Ave. from residential (R-7) to community business (C-3).
Ground has been broken on a replacement fire station, and the rezoning would allow a reuse or redevelopment of the property, according to a staff report.
Chesterfield to start $540M capital projects initiative next year
With bonds authorization in hand, Chesterfield expects to start construction on the first wave of capital projects included in its multi-million dollar initiative in 2023.
A replacement for A.M. Davis Elementary School and a new Chester fire house are expected to be among the first projects to get started next year as part of the $540 million community facilities bond plan, according to a news release last week.
More than 75 percent of county voters supported the capital projects plan in a referendum held last week, according to unofficial election results recorded on Friday. The vote formally authorizes the county to issue $540 million in general obligation bonds over the next eight to 10 years.
The plan includes 26 school, library, public safety and parks projects. See here for more information about the initiative.