#804Day on August 4, at Buskey’s Cider

Buskey Cider was highlighted on , about expanding production and their #804Day, this Thursday.

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The cidery at 2910 W. Leigh St. purchased three 60-barrel fermenters that will allow it to double its production.

“The biggest fermenter we had was 31 barrels, so adding three 60-barrel fermenters (1,860 gallons each) allows us to produce double of what we currently do,” said Will Correll, founder and CEO of the company.

Buskey’s will host #804Day on Aug. 4, at which nonprofit groups, musicians, restaurants and other Richmond businesses will feature their offerings. Boulevard Burger and Brew will sell some of its food at the event, and Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market will collaborate with Buskey’s to create cider through the use of its local produce to be served in Buskey’s tasting room on #804Day.

Buskey’s will donate 10 percent of cider sales from the event to HandsOn Greater Richmond, a nonprofit group that enables individuals, families and corporate groups the ability to engage in volunteer opportunities across the region. Read the rest of the article, here.

A few meet & greet opportunities with Councilwoman Gray

Dear Friend:

I was sworn in as Councilwoman for the 2nd District earlier this month.  Much is happening with City government, so I wanted to provide you with a brief update.

Kim Gray 4 RVA

 

I have been appointed to the following City Council Committees: Finance and Economic Development; Land Use, Housing and Transportation; Education and Human Services; and Governmental Operations.  I was appointed as an alternate to the Public Safety Committee.  Additionally, I have been appointed as a Council representative to the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission.

 

On Wednesday, January 25 at 5:30 p.m., I will be hosting a public meeting to discuss the draft Pulse Corridor Plan developed by the City’s Department of Planning and Development Review.  The meeting well be held at Fox Elementary School, 2300 Hanover Avenue.  The City’s Bus Rapid Transit system, or “Pulse,” will bring significant changes to neighborhoods along Broad Street and the entire 2nd District; please attend this important meeting to find out more about the proposed plan and ask questions of Planning Department staff.

Finally on Thursday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m., please mark your calendar to attend my first District Citizens’ meeting.  It will be held at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center located at 2400 W. Leigh Street.  An agenda for that meeting will be announced soon.

It is an honor and privilege to serve as your City Council representative.  Please contact me at any time to share your thoughts and concerns.

Sincerely,

Kim Gray, Councilwoman

Richmond North Central 2nd Voter District

A NEW ballpark for VCU and the Flying Squirrels

Richmond BizSense revealed today that the future of professional baseball in Richmond has become a bit clearer. The Richmond Flying Squirrels, VCU and Mayor Dwight Jones’ office jointly announced the signing of an agreement yesterday afternoon to “guide the final stages of planning for a new ballpark in Richmond to be used by VCU and the Flying Squirrels.”

The so-called memorandum of understanding was signed by the Squirrels and VCU and calls for a new ballpark to be built near the current site of The Diamond to the tune of $50 million to $60 million. The team and university would be the primary users of the new ballpark and the major contributors to the cost.

Monday’s announcement does not specify the location of a future stadium, stating only that it will be close to the Diamond, but not on the city-owned 60 acres bounded by North Boulevard and Hermitage Road that the city is positioning for redevelopment.Richmond Flying Squirrels, Richmond, Scott's Addition, New Stadium

Local reports previously said a complex that currently houses the Virginia ABC at 2901 Hermitage Road was a likely site for the ballpark. Read the rest of the article, here.

Another mixed-use conversion planned for Scott’s Addition!

With rents rising apace, a local nonprofit hopes to bring affordable housing to Richmond’s hottest neighborhood: Scott’s Addition!

Better Housing

The Better Housing Coalition last week bought the Quality Inn & Suites building at 3200 W. Broad St. in Scott’s Addition for $5.9 million. The nonprofit’s plans call for a $30 million conversion of the property into a mixed-income, mixed-use property in Scott’s Addition.

Upon completion, the development would be BHC’s largest single investment in the city in the nonprofit’s 28-year history, according to a release announcing the plans. Construction is expected to begin summer 2017.

Over the next nine months to a year, we look forward to working with the city, the community and our investment partners to make this development in this strategic community of opportunity come alive,” Greta Harris, BHC’s president and CEO, said in the release. Read the rest of the story, here!

Better Home Coalition Better Housing Coalition is driven by respect for residents, sustaining the environment and preserving neighborhood character. Their portfolio includes 16 residential communities – 8 for lower-income seniors – as well as 180 single-family homes for low- to moderate-income first-time buyers. Founded in 1988 by Richmond-area civic leaders Mary Tyler McClenahan and Carter McDowell, the Better Housing Coalition combines long-term solutions in affordable housing with ongoing support services for residents.  They help seniors age in place, help children aspire to higher education, and help adults gain self-sufficiency. As a leader in community revitalization, their award-winning organization works with residents, local governments and agencies, other non-profits and the philanthropic community to create lasting change for the better.

 

 

Barre is now offered in Scott’s Addition, at TURN

Now, the area of Richmond best known for our breweries has a new kind of “barre!”

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TURN Cardio Jam Studio is pleased to announce the addition of the popular fitness program, Barre. Simply put, the workout is a mix of Pilates, yoga, ballet and isolated muscle movements. The training is set to popular music and can incorporate small light-weight balls and hand-weights for a total body workout that will sculpt and tone.

“Barre is offered at several studios and gyms in Richmond – along with being offered nationwide. Our students have been asking for it and we’re happy to be the first in Scott’s Addition to offer it,” said Sandi Cauley, TURN Owner. “We tried it out over the summer to see if it would work for our clients and we found that it was a perfect compliment to the Urban Ballet class we started offering when we first opened last year. So now students, have two ballet inspired classes offered two to three times a week for consistency in their workout,” Cauley added. Right now the class is offered at 6:30am on Mondays and two Fridays a week but there are plans to add it to another weekday.

New students can try any of TURN’s classes for free on their first visit, but TURN is now offering a special for students who live or work in Scott’s Addition: two week unlimited trial for $25. The regular price of a single class visit is $15, so it’s a considerable savings to be able to try so many classes for just $10 more.

turn-logoOpened in February 2015, TURN is a 3,300 sf boutique studio that offers group classes to adult fitness enthusiasts. In addition to Barre, TURN currently offers: Dance Trance, Pound. Rockout. Workout, Surf Fit, Urban Ballet, Fighting Fit, Urban Sculpt, Bootcamp and personal reformer Pilates by appointment. Visit turnrva.com/classes for a full list of offerings and descriptions. Created by Sandi Cauley, a former journalist, mother and owner of Dance Trance Richmond, the studio is founded on the idea that you’ll stick to a workout, if it doesn’t feel like work. With marquee and specialized lighting, along with a nightclub style sound system, and a free-floating wood sprung fitness floor, the venue feels more like a club or New York dance studio than a basic gym. To contact TURN email turnrva@gmail.com or call 804.601.TURN (8876).

 

 

 

 

BRT (GRTC) Pulse Traffic Update for Scott’s Addition

This update is from Department of Economic and Community Development

Pulse - Scott's Addition

SPECIAL NOTICE:

  • LANE Construction continues with utility relocation activities along Broad Street and Main Street
  • Preliminary station construction also has begun on Broad Street
  • Most work is permitted for daytime hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday
  • Night work from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. is required on Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22ndon Main Street at 15th Street
  • All schedules are weather and progress-dependent

 CONSTRUCTION LOOK-AHEAD:

  • Monday, November 14 to Saturday November 19 (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.):

o   Utility relocation:

  • South side of eastbound Broad Street from Thompson St. to Laurel St.
  • South side of eastbound Main Street from 14thto 17th St.

o   Impact: Temporary closures of the curb lane, adjacent sidewalk and any bus stop will occur in the work zones

o   Phase I Station Construction Activity: This work is continuing from the previous week.

  • Where:  North side of westbound Broad St., between Allison St. and Strawberry St.
  • Impacts: Temporary closures of the westbound curb lane and adjacent sidewalk, as well as temporary loss of street parking, from Allison St. to Strawberry St.

o   Installation of Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) Signage:

  • Where:  Eastbound and westbound Broad Street, from Thompson St. to Foushee St
  • What:   Signage will be installed in the sidewalk, in advance of median station construction.  These signs will be used for maintenance of traffic during construction.  The signs will be covered over until the construction activities require the maintenance of traffic.
  • Impacts:  Temporary closures of curb lanes and parking, between Thompson St. and Foushee St., in both the eastbound and westbound directions.  Parking will be restored in areas once signs have been installed.

 o   Traffic Signal Work:

  • Where:
  • Broad Street at Willow Lawn Drive east to 14thStreet
  • 14thStreet between Broad Street and Main Street
  • Main Street at 14thStreet east to Orleans Street
  • NOTE:  Work is occurring in both eastbound and westbound directions.
  • What:  This work will involve drilling and soil testing in locations where new signals are planned to be installed at approximately 55 intersections.
  • Impacts:  Temporary closure of curb lane, adjacent sidewalk and bus stops will be closed in affected areas
  • Monday, Nov 21st, Tue Nov 22nd, and Saturday, Nov 26th(7 a.m. – 5 p.m.): NOTE:  In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, LANE follows holiday restrictions and marks non-work days as Wed., Nov 23rd – Friday Nov 25th.  Work will not occur on these days.

o   Utility Relocation:

  • Where:  South side of eastbound Broad Street from Thompson St. to Laurel St.
  • Impacts:  Temporary closures of curb lane, adjacent sidewalk and bus stops in work zones

 

o   Nightly work (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) Monday November 21st and Tuesday November 22nd

  • Where:  Main St. at 15thSt.
  • What:  Work will occur laterally across eastbound and westbound directions of Main St. at 15thSt.
  • Impacts:  Alternating, temporary single lane closures.  One travel lane will remain open in each direction.  Motorists should expect nightly lane closures in this location

 

o   Phase I Station Construction Activity: This work is continuing from the previous week.

  • Where:  North side of westbound Broad St., between Allison St. and Strawberry St.

o   Impacts: Temporary closures of the westbound curb lane and adjacent sidewalk, as well as temporary loss of street parking, from Allison St. to Strawberry St.

o   Installation of MOT Signs:  This is continuing from previous week.

  • Where:  Eastbound and westbound Broad Street, from Thompson St. to Foushee Street
  • Impacts:  Temporary closures of curb lanes and parking, between Thompson St. and Foushee St., in both the eastbound and westbound directions. Parking will be restored in areas once signs have been installed.

 o   Traffic Signal Work (continuing from previous week):

  • Where:
  • Broad Street at Willow Lawn Drive east to 14thStreet
  • 14thStreet between Broad Street and Main Street
  • Main Street at 14thStreet east to Orleans Street
  • NOTE:  Work is occurring in both eastbound and westbound directions
  • Impacts:  Temporary closure of curb lane, adjacent sidewalk and bus stops in affected area

EXTENDED LOOK AHEAD:

Monday,  November 28 to Saturday, December 3

Median Station Construction:

  • Where Median of Broad St., from Thompson St. to Foushee St
  • Impacts:  Closures of inside lanes from Broad St., in both the eastbound and westbound directions, between Thompson St. and Foushee St.

Utility Relocation:

  • Where:  South side of eastbound Broad St. from Thompson St. to Laurel St.
  • Impacts:  Temporary closures of curb lane, adjacent sidewalk and bus stops in work zones

Phase I Station Construction:

  • Where:  North side of westbound Broad St., between Allison St. and Strawberry St.
  • Impacts:  Temporary closures of the westbound curb lane and adjacent sidewalk, as well as temporary loss of street parking, from Allison St. to Strawberry St.

Traffic Signal Work (continuing from previous week):

  • Where:
  • Broad Street at Willow Lawn Drive east to 14thStreet
  • 14thStreet between Broad Street and Main Street
  • Main Street at 14thStreet east to Orleans Street
  • NOTE:  Work is occurring in both eastbound and westbound directions
  • Impacts:  Temporary closure of curb lane, adjacent sidewalk and bus stops in affected areaSTAY CONNECTED:
  • The construction hotline is active at 804-980-0084, providing updates on construction and expected impacts.
  • For updates online, information is available at the Pulse BRT Construction Updates page: http://www.ridegrtc.com/brt/construction-info
  • You may also follow us on Twitter for real-time updates: https://twitter.com/GrtcPulse

NOTE:  Any photos posted on Twitter, please feel free to use in the media by crediting GRTC.

 OPEN FOR BUSINESS:

  • The DB Team will proactively minimize disruption to businesses and residents during construction. Any activity that would impact parking, loading zones, access, utilities and other business-related functions must receive prior approval from VDOT who will ensure that continuous access will be provided to all businesses at all times. All Project team members are committed to providing prompt information to ensure a smooth construction phase for businesses, residents and patrons of the region as part of the overall success of the Project.

SAFETY FIRST:

  • As we work on your block, you may see protective fencing installed near your business to clearly mark the work zones.
  • Let’s look out for each other – please remind your staff and patrons to watch for signs and work crews!
  • Please follow construction signage and be aware of construction workers and vehicles within the Work Zone(s).
  • Pedestrians are advised to follow Work Zone signage in the sidewalk area.

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Amy Inman, of Department of Economic and Community Development, at (804) 646-5871 or amy.inman@richmondgov.com

Deadline for InLight Richmond July 15! This year’s InLight event in Scott’s Addition!

1708 Gallery invites national and international artists working in all media and disciplines, including performance, to submit proposals for InLight Richmond 2016, 1708 Gallery’s 9th annual public exhibition of light-based art and performance.

InLight Richmond, Scott's Addition Nov 2016

Proposals for InLight Richmond 2016 should involve, be inspired by, investigate, or interpret themes of light, from light as medium to light as concept.  DEADLINE TO APPLY: Midnight (EST), Friday, July 15, 2016 InLight Richmond 2016 will take place in Scott’s Addition. Apply here

Deconstructing? Think Habitat ReStore – and let your building materials do good, again!

As you are pulling walls down, please call The ReStore!  As you’re remodeling, don’t let the items you no longer need end up in the landfill – donate used building materials to The Restore. 

Why ReStore? Because your building’s rehabilitation, in Scott’s Addition, can do good…again! Everything that is donated to Habitat ReStore is put on a sales floor, much like a thrift store. This thrift store sells a wide variety of building materials and is open to the general public. The retail outlet, located at 190 Roane Street, in Richmond, offers building and home improvement supplies for sale to the general public  – and those salvaged supplies are donated by … YOU. And the profits are used to rebuild and rehabilitate new Habitat for Humanity homes, for hardworking, local families.

Restore Habitat For Humanity Scott's Addition

Are you a treasure hunter? Or do you get a kick out of searching for the perfect piece of furniture? Check out ReStore, for yourself! The prices are well below retail and specific pricing depends on age, condition, quality, and quantity of the item. If you have a project in mind (or are looking for a project), shop often and bring your measurements. Last year alone, ReStores diverted thousands of tons of usable building supplies from landfills.

Allan Hall volunteered at the Philadelphia ReStore as part of Habitatís inaugural Great Day of Service Interfaith Build. 10 Habitat affiliates participated in this nationwide effort, which brought together diverse faith communities in peace and service in observance of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. © Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein

 

 

Pictured: Allan Hall. Hall volunteered at the Philadelphia ReStore as part of Habitatís inaugural Great Day of Service Interfaith Build. 10 Habitat affiliates participated in this nationwide effort, which brought together diverse faith communities in peace and service in observance of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.

© Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein

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Let’s make sure that Scott’s Addition’s deconstruction and reconstruction does good – again! In some cases Habitat for Humanity ReStore will provide pickup service.  They also have opportunities for volunteers. Visit their website or call: (804) 228-1305

 

Family-Friendly Puppet Shows during Winter Break, in Scott’s Addition

Puppets Off Broad Street (a Richmond-based 501(c)3) will be hosting family-friendly performances at Richmond Triangle Players over Winter Break. There will be fourteen (14) performances to choose from! Puppetfest run from Dec. 26th – Jan 1st at Richmond Triangle Players, located at 1300 Altamont Avenue. Tickets are just $10 each.

Puppetfest Scott's AdditionHere is the full RVA Winter Puppetfest Schedule:

Dec. 26: Little Red & the Gingerbread Man
by Barefoot Puppet Theatre (10:30am and 1pm)

Dec. 27th: Lollipops for Breakfast
by The Gottabees (10:30am and 1pm)

Dec. 28th: Lollipops for Breakfast
by The Gottabees (10:30am and 1pm)

Dec. 28th: Little Red & the Gingerbread Man
by Barefoot Puppet Theatre (7pm – Pajama Party!)

Dec. 29th: Ventriloquist and Children’s Comedian, Uncle Ty-Rone
by Ty-Rone Travis (10:30am and 1pm)

Dec. 29th: The Magic of Hans Christian Andersen
by Applause Unlimited (7pm – Pajama Party!)

Dec. 30th: Ventriloquist and Children’s Comedian, Uncle Ty-Rone
by Ty-Rone (10:30am and 1pm)

Jan. 1st: The Magic of Hans Christian Andersen

by Applause Unlimited (1pm and 3pm)

Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays, 4pm-7pm

We just received notification from Councilman Charles Samuels that the new Farmers’ Market in the 2nd District is now open! This is great news for Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association because every Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., a Farmers’ Market produced by GrowRVA (who also operate the South of the James Market) is being held in the auxiliary parking lot of First Baptist Church at the corner of Boulevard and Monument. Each week, a portion of the market’s proceeds benefit ACTS, a local nonprofit whose mission is to provide support and resources during periods of financial crisis to prevent homelessness.

farmer's market

The Market is open to the public and food trucks will have food available, on site. This event will run all summer, its final day of 2016 being August 30.  For more information including a list of vendors, visit http://www.growrva.com/#!acts-farmers-market/sgozg