Thursday, February 11, 2016

Boulevard Site Development Survey Extended to Feb. 29


The City is requesting public input on an online survey to help determine possibilities for developing and best utilization of the City’s land in the Boulevard area. The community input online survey for the Preliminary Market Analysis of the Boulevard is accessible on, www.surveymonkey.com/r/boulevard2016survey. The online survey will remain open through Feb. 29.

Residents are also invited to share any comments they have about the potential redevelopment of the Boulevard by emailing Blvd.Comments@RichmondGov.com.



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

City Offices Closed Monday, February 15 In Observance Of Washington’s Birthday


City of Richmond government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15 in observance of Washington’s Birthday. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Feb. 16.

As a result of this holiday observance, all branches of the Richmond Public Libraries and all City community centers will also be closed on Monday and reopen on Tuesday.

No refuse collection will be performed on Monday, as the city’s Solid Waste Management Division will also be closed. Refuse collection will resume on Tuesday and continue through Friday, Feb. 19.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations will also be closed on Feb. 15. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on Tuesday.


City Names Artist for Riverfront Art Project


The City of Richmond and Public Art Commission are excited to announce the selection of Joshua Wiener as the artist for the Riverfront Art Project. Wiener was selected by the Riverfront Art Project team that is made up of key stakeholders for the riverfront and the City. Wiener is a sculptural artist who works in large form stone and metal, while integrating the natural environment into his work.

“I am pleased to see the public art aspect of the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge moving forward with the artist selection and call for public input,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “This new bridge and related artwork redefine our relationship with our city’s crown jewel, the James River, as we expand our visual and direct access to the Richmond riverfront.”

Joshua Wiener and the Public Art Commission are hosting a public meeting to obtain input for the integration of art with the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge project. The community is invited to attend this meeting on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Suntrust Mortgage, 901 Semmes Avenue. A tour of the project site will be included as a part of this public meeting. Free parking is available in the Suntrust parking lot at 901 Semmes Avenue. Although not required, meeting attendees may register at www.eventbrite.com/e/riverfront-public-art-community-meeting-tickets-21353793772.

A major component of the Richmond Riverfront Plan, adopted during the Jones Administration, is the completion of the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge. This new pedestrian and bicycle bridge across the Falls of the James will connect the north and south banks of the James River. The public art for this project is projected to be completed and installed at the same time the bridge is completed, in the fall of 2016.

Wiener will also hire an intern from the Richmond community and bring them out to his Boulder, Colorado studio to study and work on the project. The intern will also travel to the Marble Institute of Colorado to learn how to create art in stone.

More information about this project can be found on the Public Art Commission website at www.richmondgov.com/CommissionPublicArt.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

East End Festival to Take Place May 6-8


On Tuesday, February 9, Mayor Dwight C. Jones, Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City 7th District Councilwoman, Richmond Public Schools, Bon Secours Richmond Health System and the Richmond Symphony announced a special festival celebrating communities in Richmond’s East End. The RVA East End Festival: The Gift of Music will be an inclusive community celebration taking place May 6-8. The Richmond Symphony will setup their “Big Tent” for the festival, giving many professional, community and school groups a chance to perform on the Symphony’s new state-of-the-art outdoor stage.

"This new festival in the East End is exactly the type of outcome we envisioned with the Richmond Symphony’s acquisition of their new “Big Tent,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones "Expanding the Symphony’s footprint into neighborhoods like the East End is only the beginning of the wonderful partnerships and community engagement that this mobility will continue to inspire. I’m so pleased that many of our elementary schools are some of the first beneficiaries of support through this enhanced outreach."

“The Richmond Symphony is thrilled to be a partner in the 2016 RVA East End Festival,” said Executive Director David J. L. Fisk of the Richmond Symphony. “We see the “Big Tent” as an opportunity to foster community pride, and showcase what the Richmond area, and its people, have to offer by using music’s power to unite and entertain. Keep a look out for the Symphony bringing the “Big Tent” to other local communities across the region in the coming months and years. We are excited to launch the first festival in Richmond’s East End.”

In addition to festival performances and activities, the event is designed to create a lasting and positive benefit to the East End community. To help achieve this, Bon Secours Richmond Health System has joined festival partners as a sponsor towards a pledged goal of $100,000 to provide musical instruments and related materials to students of East End schools. This support will specifically help bolster East End music education programs - positively impacting thousands of students for years to come.

The festival is intended to attract thousands of people from throughout the region over the course of the weekend. Local restaurants, craft beer, vendors, businesses and non-profits will also be featured. Festival admittance is free and open to the public. Organizations, artists, and vendors who wish to participate in the festival should go to rvaeastendfest.com to complete an interest form. There will be limited performance time availability. Entry fees may apply to participating vendors. Sponsor, business partnership and individual support opportunities are also available. For more information, please visit rvaeastendfest.com or call 804-788-4717.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project Approved


~ Mayor Jones calls vote ‘major milestone’ for the City of Richmond ~

Mayor Dwight C. Jones issued the following statement following successful passage of a city ordinance authorizing the Chief Administrative Officer to execute a development agreement for the Broad Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project:

“This evening’s vote marks a major milestone for the city of Richmond and our region. Since 2009, we have worked in support of the implementation of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to provide our residents with greater mobility and access to jobs, education and healthcare. The project that was approved tonight meets those goals and is an important first step toward a region-wide rapid transit system. Our BRT project – the “Pulse” -- is not only an investment in our present, this is an investment in our future.

“The Pulse will be a stimulus for job growth, creating nearly 400 jobs within the City of Richmond and stimulating nearly $35 million in economic impact. The project also supports our environmental sustainability goals, as it will help reduce our carbon footprint.

“I wish to thank the Richmond City Council and all those who have shown leadership and collaboration over the years on this effort. I look forward to continuing our close collaboration as this project advances, to further foster a united vision for our city.”


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

City Preparing to Resume Leaf Collection and Begins Pothole-palooza


The City’s Department of Public Works will resume vacuum leaf collection service on Monday, Feb. 8, weather permitting.  The program was temporarily suspended during Winter Storm Jonas.  Since the end of the storm, DPW staff has been working to convert its dual-purpose equipment from its snow removal function back to leaf collection. 

In addition, the City has launched Pothole-palooza to repair roads damaged during the storm. Residents are encouraged to join in Pothole-palooza by reporting potholes to the city by calling 3-1-1 or on www.Richmondgov.com and clicking the MPACT button.

Since Monday, DPW crews have filled approximately 300 potholes. Potholes are repaired year around, but DPW steps up its efforts in the winter and spring due to the impact harsh weather conditions have on City streets.

For more information on City services or to view the vacuum leaf collection, please visit www.RichmondGov.com. The schedule also is available at 646-LEAF.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mayor Dwight Jones, Secretary Layne and John Reinhart Celebrate the Richmond Marine Terminal


Early on Monday, Feb. 1, Mayor Jones, Aubrey Layne, Secretary of Transportation, John Reinhart, CEO and Director of the Virginia Port Authority, City Council members and other officials gathered to mark the signing of a 40-year lease of the Richmond Marine Terminal. Along with a ribbon cutting to celebrate the occasion, attendees marveled at a new 124-ton capacity crane that is part of the $17 million in upgrades planned for the facility.

“This place is all about connections,” said Mayor Jones. “This place is about connecting Richmond, and the entire Commonwealth, to global trade. This place is also about connecting a part of the City with high unemployment to the kind of jobs that are a hand up for residents who live in the neighborhoods around us.”

The 350-ton crane is one of the first steps in the port’s effort to reinvest and modernize the Richmond Marine Terminal. The crane will speed the loading and unloading of the container barge that calls RMT three times a week.

“What truly cleared the way for the purchase of this crane was the work of the TPO and the City of Richmond’s ability to take a long-term view, so that we can redevelop the facility, create efficiency in the cargo operation and continue to market this facility to the world’s ocean carriers, beneficial cargo owners,” said John F. Reinhart.