Thursday, October 8, 2015

City Hosts Annual Imagine Festival on October 17 to Celebrate Community Diversity

The City of Richmond invites all residents to the 11th annual Imagine Festival. This year’s festival will again be held at the Broad Rock Sports Complex, 4802 Warwick Road, from noon to 5:30 p.m. This year’s festival will feature many great performances, cultural foods, exhibits, arts & crafts, and fun activities for the entire family. Approximately 15 local community groups will perform throughout the day and approximately 40 area organizations will be providing information about their services, to include free health screenings through the Una Vida Sana program, screenings through the Richmond City Health District, and a variety of sports, such as soccer and softball. Admission to this community and family event is free.

“The Imagine Festival celebrates Richmond’s cultural diversity by encouraging residents to share and experience various cultures together. I am extremely pleased that we have been able to continue the Imagine Festival in Richmond for the eleventh consecutive year. I hope families throughout the Richmond area will come and enjoy this year’s event, meet their neighbors, and learn about our diverse cultures,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones.

Since the festival began in 2005, the City has sponsored the event, which has grown larger each year. This year’s partners and sponsors include the Enrichmond Foundation, Virginia Housing Development Authority, Telemundo Richmond, BB & T, Bill Conley – State Farm Agency, Capital Area Health Network, HASA, and many other community groups and organizations.

For more information about the Imagine Festival, please call the City’s Office of Multicultural Affairs at (804) 646-0145.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Traffic Circle at Robert E. Lee Statue Being Converted to Roundabout

Construction will begin on Friday, October 9 on a major transportation project designed to improve traffic safety at the intersections of Monument Avenue and Allen Avenue by converting the existing traffic circle into a modern roundabout. The work is expected to last through early January 2016.

The scope of the work at the four legs, or intersections, leading into the current circle includes the installation of medians and corner island extensions, concrete sidewalks, ADA compliant curb ramps, pedestrian crosswalks, signage, pavement markings and landscaping.

The improvements will create an easier and safer means for motorists to travel through and pedestrians to cross the intersecting roads.

Those driving through the area may experience occasional single lane closures. Allen Avenue may be closed at times during construction, however proper work zone signage will be provided throughout the project construction.

The total project cost is estimated at $550,000, with half being paid through VDOT Revenue Sharing.

There are currently seven roundabouts in the City and approximately four others either under construction or in the planning stage.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

City Names John Buturla as Interim DCAO for Operations

The Administration of Mayor Dwight C. Jones today announced that Deputy Chief John J. Buturla will serve as the Interim Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) for Operations, effective October, 14, 2015. Buturla will be filling the position being vacated by Christopher Beschler following his appointment to a state position which was announced last month.

The DCAO for Operations has the management and oversight responsibility for the Department of Public Works, Department of Public Utilities and Animal Care and Control. Buturla, who at one time served as a Chief Administrative Officer for the City of New Haven, Connecticut, is seen as having the management experience and knowledge necessary to lead the operations portfolio.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones recently tapped Buturla as the lead coordinator for the execution of the City’s logistics responsibility in hosting the UCI Road World Championships (Worlds). The success of the Worlds was in part attributed to his leadership.

“I am confident that John will be a welcomed addition to our executive team,” said CAO Selena Cuffee-Glenn.

City Completes 2014 CAFR

Today, the City of Richmond presented the completed 2014 CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) to the Richmond City Council’s Organizational Development Committee.

This completes the process for the outstanding 2014 report and allows the City to move forward with preparations for the 2015 CAFR. To read the 2014 CAFR, click here.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Mayor Jones Thanks City Workers and Richmond Region

Mayor Dwight C. Jones thanked workers and the community following the conclusion of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. The nine-day event is estimated to have exceeded anticipated attendance with approximately 645,000 onsite spectators over the entirety of the event, including the Opening Ceremony.

“The Worlds in Richmond were a huge success thanks to the hard work of a great many people, including the city’s Department of Public Works, the Richmond Police Department and surrounding law enforcement and emergency management officials, fire crews, volunteers, the corporate community and the event management personnel,” said Mayor Jones. “My thanks and congratulations go out to everyone that helped Richmond show so well over the course of this event, and particularly to the people of the region whose excitement and enthusiasm has really shown off the best of Richmond.”

“We’ve delivered a spectacular World Championships and I’m extremely proud of the way the region pulled together in welcoming the world to our doorstep and showcasing our community globally,” stated Mayor Jones. “Hundreds of thousands of spectators have enjoyed our city over this time and millions have viewed Richmond from around the World in over 150 countries. I couldn’t be more proud of our city at this time. I hope we can harness this momentum in a way that continues to move the region forward.”

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Shockey Awarded Contract To Build Bridge Across James River To Brown’s Island

After two years of public engagement, planning and environmental permitting, the much loved Brown’s Island Dam Walk is on track to reopen to pedestrians. The new T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge will provide an access point to one of the most beautiful sections of the James River and the first bicycle and pedestrian-only crossing of the river.

Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. will start construction this fall, and is expected to finish the bridge by August 2016. Once complete, the pedestrian walkway will infuse a new energy into the entire riverfront area.

“The work to connect the north bank of the James River to the south has been a long-time coming,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “I’m so pleased to have been a part of the push for progress on the Richmond Riverfront Plan.”

“This month’s groundbreaking will mark the culmination of nearly a decade of planning and visioning by the City of Richmond and Shockey is excited to get underway on the project,” says Jeff Boehm, President of Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. 

Previously known as the Brown’s Island Dam Walk, the new T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge will transform sections of old dam infrastructure into a new pedestrian and bicycle walk path. The new structure will utilize as much of the existing, historic structure as possible and will be supplemented with new decking, decorative railings, and structural provisions to improve safety. Work on the South Bank will connect to the Floodwall Walk, Manchester neighborhood, and the climbing wall.

The total length of the bridge is 1,600 linear feet, approximately one-third of a mile. The completed work will provide a safe deck on which users can walk, run, ride a bike, push strollers, and even travel in a wheelchair across the river.

Among the planned improvements to the existing structure is an expansion of the “Three Days in April” overlook, which memorializes a significant point in Richmond’s history when- during three days in April 1865 - the city fell to the Union Army after four years of civil war. In addition, three new overlooks with interpretive content will be added to the bridge as part of the redevelopment project.

In June 2015, Shockey was awarded the contract to serve as construction manager at risk for the project. In this role, Shockey is responsible for implementation of the contract including daily oversight of all construction activities and subcontractor management. Earlier, the City of Richmond tapped AECOM to manage comprehensive redevelopment efforts. The landscape firm of Hargreaves Associates rounds out the team of professionals tasked with the design of the project.

“The Richmond Riverfront redevelopment is an especially rewarding project for our team. We believe it is a transformative project that will positively impact the city and all its residents,” says Jennifer Macks, VP at Shockey.

“The bridge will be a defining recreational landmark within the revitalized riverfront area,” said Macks, who noted there are several challenges that could impact the construction schedule, most notably the moratorium on working in the James River from mid-February to the end of June. A series of precautions will be implemented to protect the river and associated wildlife during construction. 

The project also entails extensive replanting of the embankment area to encourage enhanced wildlife habitats. More than 1,000 native ferns, shrubs and trees will be planted as part of the project.

Shockey’s Richmond office is located at 1805 E. Grace Street in Richmond’s historic Shockoe Bottom area. Over the past 10 years, Shockey established its presence in the Richmond area with high-visibility projects such as GRTC’s award-winning headquarters on Belt Boulevard, the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School on Mosby Street, and a downtown data center upgrade for VCU.

Monday, September 14, 2015

City Recognized with Governor's Technology Award

The City of Richmond was presented with a 2015 Governor’s Technology Award during the annual Commonwealth of Virginia IT Symposium held in Richmond. The City's Open Data Portal won the award in the category of Innovative Use of Open Data.

“This is truly an honor as we are continuing to strive for transparency in government operations,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “The portal signifies the City’s commitment to providing timely, consistent and relevant data for public consumption. By receiving this award, it helps reinforce that we are moving in the right direction in using technology and innovative strategies to increase efficiency.”

The City’s Open Data Portal was launched on July 1 as an online publication of government datasets in a computer consumable format. Initial datasets include a Check Registry; GIS maps of fire districts, parks, trails, enterprise zones, public schools by elementary, middle and high schools, building parcels, and more; public safety Information; and public works data for trash collection zones, recycling, and street cleaning.

“I want to recognize and thank our Department of Information Technology staff for their hard work,” continued Mayor Jones. “We are often working with such limited resources, but they are still working very hard to get the job done and to help the City improve its performance.”

For a full detail of all the award winners, visit