City names resort casino RFQ/P responders and sites

Community engagement process outlined ; project summaries posted here The Stoney Administration has formally announced the six responders and respective sites for the Richmond Resort Casino RFQ/P:   Responder Site / Location Bally’s Corporation Chippenham Parkway & Powhite Parkway (Parkway Crossing) Golden Nugget Chippenham  Parkway & Powhite Parkway (Parkway Crossing) ONE Resort & Casino Walmsley Boulevard & I-95 (Phillip Morris Operations Center) Pamunkey Indian Tribe & Reservation 5000 & 5050 Commerce Road The Cordish Companies 1301 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard Wind Creek Hospitality 1401 Commerce Road   The City has also published the community engagement plan below for the project.    The first virtual meeting will be held on March 9, 2021.   Convergence Strategy Group, hired by the city’s Economic Development Authority to assist in the evaluation of the proposals, will present their analysis of the resort casino market opportunity for Richmond.  The consult

City to begin installing signs naming U.S. Route 1 “Richmond Highway”

Department of Public Works crews will begin replacing street signs on the stretch of U.S. Route 1 running through the City of Richmond, reflecting the renaming of Jefferson Davis Highway to “Richmond Highway.”   The change, which was approved in an ordinance co-sponsored by Mayor Stoney and Richmond City Council last summer will involve the replacement of 98 signs, at a cost of approximately $45,000. It will take approximately one month to complete.     It is the most significant road renaming project undertaken by the city since 2019, when Boulevard was renamed Arthur Ashe Boulevard in honor of the Richmond-born tennis legend. The change is just the latest step taken by the Stoney administration and city council to move Richmond forward by dismantling racist symbols of the city’s confederate past and to celebrate its 21 st   century values of unity, equity and inclusion.      “This is more than a symbolic change to a highway sign.  It’s real proof that our city is literally and figura

East District Center unavailable for in-person payment February 26 – March 5

The Department of Finance will not be able to receive payments at the East District Center from Friday, February 26 to Friday, March 5 due to staffing-related challenges.     Residents will still be able to drop off payments in person at City Hall and Southside Plaza building. There is also a drop box at the East District Center that will remain operational.    Please call 804-646- 1998 or email   for questions about making payments to the Department of Finance.  ##

Mayor Stoney introduces draft Equity Agenda, invites public feedback

Residents can explore and offer feedback on the agenda at At his weekly briefing today, Mayor Stoney introduced the city’s draft Equity Agenda, a foundational document that will serve as the roadmap toward a more inclusive and thriving Richmond.   The Equity Agenda offers the city’s definition of equity: the empowerment of communities that have experienced past injustices by removing barriers to access and opportunity. It also acknowledges the harms perpetrated against people of color and other persecuted groups by city government in years past.   “Unity cannot come without healing, and healing cannot come without action,” said Mayor Stoney. “This document acknowledges the immense pain the city has caused people of color throughout the course of Richmond’s history, but it also lays the groundwork for the action needed to truly recover from that trauma.”   The agenda is comprised of ten broad goals, policy buckets that contain more detailed plans for the city’s fut

Resort Casino RFQ/P Evaluation Panel named

City to release names of groups submitting proposals and the locations proposed, community engagement calendar The Stoney Administration named nine members to an evaluation panel to review proposals submitted in response to the city’s Resort Casino RFQ/P.   The evaluation panel will objectively assess the proposals received and make a recommendation to Mayor Levar Stoney for a proposed resort casino operator and location in the City of Richmond. The recommended operator and location will then be considered and voted upon by the Richmond City Council.  Convergence Strategy Group has been hired by the City’s Economic Development Authority to assist the panel in its evaluation of the resort casino proposals.   Richmond voters will ultimately decide during a November 2, 2021 referendum if the city will have a resort casino.    Members of the Evaluation Panel are:   Councilmember Andreas Addison Councilmember Ellen Robertson Lincoln Saunders, Acting Chief Administrative Officer Chief Melvin

City hires former Richmond 300 project manager as the manager of new Office of Equitable Development

Maritza  Mercado Pechin will serve as   a   Deputy Director   within the Planning & Development Review Department and will manage   the city’s new Office of Equitable Development. Pechin formerly served as the project manager for the city’s master plan, Richmond 300: A Guide for Growth. In her new position and in leading the new office, she will focus on working across city departments to plan for and facilitate the creation of the more sustainable, beautiful and equitable city envisioned by Richmonders in the master plan.   “Richmond 300 is a roadmap for the Richmond  we want to be after 300 years of tumultuous history,” said Mayor Stoney. “This office, under the leadership of a tested public servant and planning professional, will start us down that road.”   The office is housed under the Department of Planning and Development Review but will work laterally across the entire Planning and Economic and Community Development portfolio. This will allow office staff to coordinate and

Mayor Stoney appoints Sheila D. White to serve as city’s Interim Director of Finance

Finance Director John Wack to become CFO for Henrico County Public Schools Mayor Stoney today announced the appointment of Sheila D. White to serve as Interim Director of Finance, effective February 27.   Ms. White will take over the reins of the high-performing department currently run by John Wack, the city’s Director of Finance for the last four and a half years, who has accepted a position to become the Chief Financial Officer for the Henrico County Public Schools beginning in March.   The Finance Department recently completed the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report early for the fourth year in a row, reversing three years of late reporting. Over the last four years, it has dramatically enhanced revenue administration efforts by increasing tax collection rates and implementing a meals tax increase to fund new school construction. During Mr. Wack’s tenure, the department has also implemented amnesty programs to aid residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and made str