If the Richmond Renegades can’t make a comeback, Richmond will be without professional sports. According to the hockey team’s owner and general manager Allan Harvie, it’s the third period and time to pull the goalie. In the interview below, Harvie explains the trouble with running a business downtown, the challenge of selling sponsorships and why… Read more »
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Westchester Commons’ opening marks transition from rural to urban (Times-Dispatch) Westchester Commons is the retail component of the Watkins Centre development at state Route 288 and Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield County. In the next year, construction is expected to begin on the Village of Westchester, a 1,500-residential-unit development on an adjacent 280 acres. The first… Read more »
Budget cuts to include layoffs (Chesterfield Observer) About 25 full-time and an unknown number of part-time county employees may lose their jobs because Chesterfield will spend almost $45 million less in FY10 (starting July1) than is budgeted this year. The county’s general fund – how Chesterfield pays for most county services like police, fire, libraries… Read more »
A site in Henrico County is slated for commercial development almost 30 years after being identified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a threat to public health. Virginia Beach-based Empire Development purchased 3.85 acres of the Rentokil Superfund site near the intersection of Parham Road and Ackley Avenue for about $400,000 last year from Virginia… Read more »
There’s a new kid on the banking block. Xenith Bank, currently in organization, recently moved into their new office headquarters downtown. The bank will focus on small- and medium-size business. BizSense sat down with Chief Executive and President T. Gaylon Layfield to talk about the plans for the bank and the issues facing the banking… Read more »
The Commonwealth of Virginia has launched a new website to solicit proposals from the public as to how the state should spend federal stimulus dollars. Virginia is expected to receive close to $3 billion of the estimated $800 billion stimulus package going through Congress. Anyone can go to the site and submit their email address… Read more »
The Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate has announced the finalists for their Eighth Annual Real Estate Star Awards. The awards honor the top real estate projects in the Richmond region in eight different categories. A ninth award will be given for best overall project. Last year’s overall winner was awarded to the State… Read more »
Identity Crisis (Style Weekly) Not too much news, but a nice analysis of the region’s changing economic development strategy. As the recession rages, how can Richmond’s economic recruiters attract more winners such as a DuPont and avoid losers such as Qimonda or Wachovia Securities? That’s the point of the rethinking at the Greater Richmond Partnership,… Read more »
There are two new pizza joints on scene in Short Pump. This past week, eco-friendly chain Pizza Fusion opened a location at Short Pump Station near Trader Joe’s. The company prides itself on using organic ingredients and earth-friendly suppliers. Meanwhile, the Bottom’s Up on Nuckols Road changed hands.
The debate over a ballpark in Shockoe Bottom has hit the World Wide Web. Charlie Diradour, president of Lion’s Paw Development Company, recently launched the site Baseball on the Boulevard as place for the Richmond community to discuss the many different sides of the prospect of a downtown stadium.