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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  Finance@richmondgov.com   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 www.rva.gov/rvaequity 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

Stoney administration introduces ordinances to redevelop public safety building

 The Stoney Administration will be introducing the ordinances and legal documents to City Council for the sale and redevelopment of the Public Safety Building today, during its February 8, 2021 formal meeting.  On May 1, 2020, the city received an unsolicited offer from Capital City Partners, LLC for the Public Safety Building.  City Council declared the property to be surplus real estate on June 22, 2020, and city officials recommended that the city negotiate with Capital City Partners, LLC on its unsolicited offer to purchase and redevelop the property.  A purchase price of $3,520,456 was negotiated between the city and developer.  As part of the negotiated agreement, Capital City Partners, LLC is responsible for the demolition of the Public Safety Building and construction of new public infrastructure that includes reconnecting East Clay Street. The $325 million mixed-use redevelopment will provide new Class-A office space for VCU Health, new facilities for The Doorways and Ronald M

Richmond EDA approves grant to ChopChop to create rate reduction program

 During its January 28, 2021 meeting, the Economic Development Authority of the City of Richmond approved awarding a $120,000 grant to local restaurant delivery company ChopChop.  The grant will allow ChopChop to create the Richmond Rate Reduction Program.    The Richmond Rate Reduction Program reduces delivery fees charged to local restaurants from 20% to 7% for a three-month period.  The company will also add 75-100 new restaurants, breweries, and distilleries to its delivery platform and create 150 new jobs (3-5 permanent employees and 145-148 contracted delivery jobs) during the three-month period.  The long-term objective is for ChopChop to keep its delivery fee charged to restaurants at 7 percent.   “My team and I are very excited for this opportunity to not only expand our offerings, but also allow restaurants to retain more profit when they need it most,” said ChopChop Owner and Operator Chris Chandler. “A 13 percent rate reduction will make a significant difference, especially

City opens 2021 Tax Amnesty Program for applications

Staff ready to assist; residents can apply all-online, by mail, in person The City of Richmond has opened the 2021 Tax Amnesty Program for applications.   The program, made possible by the collaboration of the Department of Finance, Office of the City Attorney, and members of Richmond City Council, allows the city to waive existing penalties and interest on delinquent real estate taxes during the month of March and admissions, lodging and meals taxes during the month of April.   “If you owe penalties or interest on any delinquent taxes, this program is designed to help you,” offered Mayor Stoney. “During such a challenging period for Richmond residents, we want to maximize accessibility to and participation in this program. It’s yet another way the city strives to offer compassionate care.”   Interested parties can learn more about the program and begin the application at  RVAStrong.org/taxamnesty. For those who do not know if they qualify or need help filling out their application, th

Mayor Stoney announces distribution of 200 donated outdoor heat lamps to small businesses

Mayor Stoney announced today that the City has opened the online registration for eligible small businesses in the City to receive an outdoor heat lamp.  The City’s Department of Economic Development and the Provisional Policy Advisor for Restaurants and Small Business are coordinating the distribution of the outdoor heat lamps   donated   by Evergreen Enterprises. The online registration process is designed to verify the eligibility of small businesses to receive an outdoor heat lamp.   Eligible small businesses in the City of Richmond   can register online to receive an outdoor heat lamp at   http://www.rvastrong.org/heatlamps .     Applications will be accepted beginning   on Thursday, January 28, 2021, through Monday, February 1, 2021, at 12:00pm EST.  Approved businesses will be notified via email or telephone with instructions to pick up their outdoor heat lamp(s).   “The donation of these outdoor heat lamps could not have come at a better time. For many small businesses, this to

El alcalde da positivo en la prueba de COVID-19

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El discurso sobre el estado de la ciudad será pospuesto hasta el 11 de febreroEl alcalde Levar M. Stoney anunció hoy que dió positivo en la prueba de coronavirus. El alcalde fue informado del resultado esta mañana, tras haberse realizado una prueba PCR, debido a que este lunes presentó síntomas leves.  “Desde que el coronavirus empezó a difundirse en nuestra región, hace más o menos un año, más de 12 mil residentes de nuestra ciudad han sido infectados con el COVID-19. Hoy, me cuento como uno de ellos”, dijo el alcalde. “Aunque no me siento 100% bien, agradezco que mis síntomas son manejables en este momento y continuaré trabajando desde mi hogar para asegurar la continuidad del gobierno de la ciudad”, añadió.   Siguiendo las instrucciones del Centro de Control de Enfermedades (CDC), el alcalde se aislará en su casa. Aquellas personas que han sido consideradas como contactos ya han sido informadas, están en cuarentena y siguiendo las precauciones necesarias para mantener protegidos y s

Mayor tests positive for COVID-19

State of the City postponed until February 11 Mayor Levar M. Stoney today announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.   The mayor was informed of the result this morning after undergoing a PCR test following the onset of mild symptoms Monday.   “Since the coronavirus first started to spread in our region roughly a year ago, over 12,000 residents in our city have been infected with COVID-19. Today, I count myself as one of them,” the mayor said. “While I do not feel 100 percent, I am thankful that my symptoms are currently manageable and will continue to work from my home to ensure the continuity of city government.”   Per CDC guidelines, the mayor will isolate at home. Those persons considered contacts have been informed and are quarantining and taking the necessary precautions to keep themselves and those around them protected and healthy.   “As my personal experience should tell you, while there is reason to be hopeful due to the distribution of the vaccine, this pande

Downtown City of Richmond office buildings closed to public January 19 and 20

City offices located in City Hall, 730 East Broad Street and Main Street Station will be closed to the public on Tuesday, January 19 and Wednesday, January 20. Though these buildings will be closed to the public, city services, including online services, will continue to be available for residents.     The City of Richmond will also be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.   ##

City offices closed January 18 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, city government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021.   This closing includes all branches of the Richmond Public Library and Recreation & Community Facilities offices and community centers.   Refuse collection will be delayed by one day as the city’s Solid Waste Management Division will be closed Monday, January 18, 2021. The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed on Monday, January 18, 2021. Each facility will resume normal operations on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.   Richmond Animal Care and Control will remain open by appointment only until further notice.   For more information on city services and schedules, please visit   www.RichmondGov.com .   ##

City offers public information sessions on proposed changes to zoning ordinance

The city is proposing changes to its zoning ordinance that will provide more clear and consistent pathways to establishing emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing uses in Richmond.  These changes are recommended by the Richmond 300 Master Plan, the Strategic Plan to End Homelessness, the Regional Affordable Housing Framework and the proposed Equitable Affordable Housing Plan.   The City Planning Commission will discuss the ordinance at their public meeting on Monday, February 1 at 1:30 p.m.   The city invites residents to join staff for an hourlong discussion on the proposed amendments. There are four public information sessions, which will all be held virtually through Microsoft Teams.   Tuesday, January 19 at 12 p.m. Join on your computer or mobile app: Click here to join the meeting Or call in (audio only): +1 804-316-9457,,644492469#   United States, Richmond Phone Conference ID: 644 492 469#   Friday, January 22 at 12 p.m. Join on your computer or mobile app: Clic

City names Roscoe Burnems first Richmond Poet Laureate

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The City of Richmond has selected its first poet laureate, Douglas Powell, known in the community by his stage name, Roscoe Burnems. Burnems is a poet, published author, spoken-word artist, comedian and teacher.     Burnems has donated his time to the St. Joseph’s Villa Alternative Education Program, University of Richmond’s Partners in the Arts and ART 180, in addition to regularly leading poetry workshops at multiple middle and high schools in the City of Richmond.  He is a National Poetry Slam Champion, a former TEDx speaker and the founder of the Writer’s Den Art Collective.   “It is the diversity of the city and the adversities that we are able to overcome as a community that cultivate our resilience as people,” said Burnems. “This is the soil for change and progression to sprout and expand into a tree that blooms the fruit of our tenacity. We decide if that fruit is sweetened with peace or embittered with division.”   Evidence of an interest in and capacity for community engageme

Mayor Stoney, Richmond City Council introduce tax amnesty plan

Mayor Stoney, Richmond City Council, the City Attorney’s office and the Finance Department have proposed a tax amnesty program on penalties and interest applied to certain Admission, Lodging and Meals (ALM) and Real Estate taxes.   The Richmond City Council heard a presentation on the proposed ordinance to establish the program at their January 11 informal meeting. Passage of the ordinance on January 25, 2021 would allow many Richmonders to catch up on their taxes after a challenging year.   The program is designed to offer support to any taxpayers who have accumulated penalties and interest on delinquent taxes.   “We’ve designed this program to help residents and business owners who are still feeling the effects of COVID-19’s economic ramifications,” said Mayor Stoney of the proposed ordinance. “I’m grateful to City Council for their partnership and hopeful we can get this across the finish line and put this compassion into practice.”   Councilmember Trammel, Council Vice President El

Evergreen Enterprises donates 200 outdoor heat lamps to Richmond City small business owners

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The City of Richmond will be facilitating the distribution of 200 outdoor heat lamps to small businesses thanks to Evergreen Enterprises’ generous donation. Throughout the pandemic, business owners have had to be flexible and innovative with their business plans in order to remain open and operate within the COVID-19 guidelines. Many businesses have relied on the ability to conduct business outdoors to ensure that they are observing proper social distancing regulations. This winter has introduced the challenge of operating outdoors while the temperatures are low and uncomfortable for patrons.   Evergreen Enterprises, a leading flag, home, and garden manufacturer and distributor located in the city, has witnessed the toll that the pandemic has taken on small businesses, and wanted to be a part of the solution. “The pandemic has slowed the vibrant, diverse growth our community has enjoyed in recent years, and we’re happy to partner with the city to support small businesses during this ch

Office of Minority Business Development and Capital One offer opportunity to participate in Diverse Supplier Mentoring Program

T he City of Richmond’s Office of Minority Business Development and Capital One are now accepting applications for the second cohort of business owners for the Diverse Supplier Mentoring Program. Led by Capital One, the program provides business owners with the tools, resources and counsel needed to succeed in today’s marketplace. A part of Capital One’s Impact Initiative, the program aims to accelerate the success of small business owners to create more jobs, strengthen the local economy and move our society toward a more equitable future. The program will pair associates with business owners to develop sustainable models that accelerate year over year growth, profitability and key operating metrics. The program will also consist of seven formal classes: Intro to Legal, Design Thinking, Social Media, Accounting & Cash Flow, Cybersecurity, Change Management and Access to Capital. All classes will take place virtually. “This program will help build long-term stability and provide th

El alcalde de Richmond, Levar M. Stoney, toma posesión de su cargo en su segundo mandato

Haga clic aquí para ver la ceremonia Después de cuatro años de logros significativos y mejoras en la educación, los vecindarios, infraestructura y equidad, Levar M. Stoney prestó juramento hoy para darle inicio a su segundo mandato como alcalde de la Ciudad de Richmond.   Al reflexionar acerca de un año de ajustes raciales en medio de una pandemia global, el alcalde Stoney se comprometió a liderar involucrando a la comunidad en el duro camino de la reconciliación y la eliminación de barreras, con el fin de poner a la ciudad en el camino de la justicia social y económica.   Dijo el alcalde esta tarde: “los habitantes de Richmond quieren, es más, se merecen algo más que lo que hay en este momento”, durante las declaraciones posteriores a su toma de posesión en la escuela primaria Henry Marsh, una de las tres nuevas escuelas construidas dentro de las comunidades de minorías durante su primer mandato.    “Tenemos mucho trabajo por delante si deseamos construir una ciudad que refleje signif

Mayor Stoney announces city will distribute 500 PPE supply kits to small businesses

  Mayor Stoney announced today the City of Richmond has invested $250,000 in its most recent show of support for the small business community, offering 500 PPE supply kits for pickup at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.  Any business within the Richmond city limits is eligible to sign up to pick up a kit on Monday, January 11 or Thursday, January 14. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, city staff will be outside the 5th Street entrance to the Convention Center to distribute supply kits to business owners.  “Richmond’s small businesses have prioritized staff and customer health and safety throughout the pandemic,” said Mayor Stoney. “I hope the ongoing support from my administration, whether in the form of PPE kits or recovery grants, shows them just how important they are to this city.” The kits will include three bottles of spray disinfectant, a gallon jug of disinfectant, a disinfectant wipe dispenser, 1,800 disinfectant wipes, a gallon jug of hand wash, two gallon jugs of hand

Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney sworn in for second term

  Click here to view the ceremony Following four years of significant accomplishments and improvements in education, neighborhoods, infrastructure and equity, Levar M. Stoney today was sworn in for a second term as mayor of the City of Richmond.   Reflecting on a year of racial reckoning in the midst of a global health pandemic, Mayor Stoney pledged to lead by engaging the community in the hard work of reconciliation and breaking down barriers to put the city on a path toward social and economic justice.   “Richmonders want, moreover they deserve, more than the status quo,” the mayor said this afternoon, in remarks following his swearing in at Henry Marsh Elementary School – one of three new schools built in communities of color during his first term in office.   “We have a lot of work ahead of us if we want to build a city that meaningfully reflects the lessons learned not only in 2020, but also throughout centuries of our unique, tumultuous history,” he continued. “We must fill the p