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

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

Crime Reporting, in Scott’s Addition

GameTruck Richmond, of 3200 West Moore Street, had a generator stolen out of the bed of one of the trucks, last night. A police report has been filed. If anyone has any surveillance footage from that area, please contact the police. For non-emergency reporting, call (804) 646-5100 Option 1.
 
NOTE: It is important that any person or business use the reporting system for non-emergency crimes and ALL crimes — no matter how small. Police reports are taken into consideration when police coverage is determined. Thanks for your cooperation.
gametruck, scott's addition
 
All of us, in Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association, are hoping that Joe Korzeniewski and GameTruck gets satisfaction, quickly!
 

Fire Department Survey – Please Complete as 2nd District

From Steven Hall Jr., lieutenant for the City of Richmond Fire Department:

I am writing today to ask for your help improving YOUR City of Richmond Fire Department. You are receiving this email because you are listed as the point of contact for your civic/community/neighborhood association and an advocate for your community and the City of Richmond.

Like you, I am a resident of the City of Richmond. As a National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer candidate, I am conducting research that will help the City of Richmond Fire Department better understand and meet the expectations of our citizens. Below you will find a link to a short survey that will help our leadership better understand your expectations and how we can improve our service to you.

Feel free to forward this survey as we would like to hear from as many of our citizens as possible.

Take the survey

 

Graffiti in Scott’s Addition – part of Richmond’s Clean Up. How do we stop it?

Certified Cleaning Services, at 2916 W. Marshall Street, in Scott’s Addition, was tagged with graffiti, this week. SABA needs to take back our neighborhood. This problem needs to be eliminated!

  1. First step: Let’s clean up all the existing graffiti, Property and Business owners, click on this link and reporting existing tags
  2. Second step: Do you see graffiti on other buildings? Please contact the property / business owners and encourage them to initiate the clean up process.
  3. Third step: What is the third step? How do we take back this neighborhood? Please forward any suggestions to:  President@ScottsAddition.com

Trees, Valuable Trees – in Scott’s Addition!!

WHY should Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association plant more trees in the city of Richmond? For lots of reasons – read, below, for the short list. But before we tell you all of the GREAT reasons to plant trees in Scott’s Addition, we want to tell you that besides the tree planting on January 28, we had another 25 trees planted by Richmond’s city contractor. We are greening Scott’s Addition, like crazy!! Our Tree Stewards and volunteers couldn’t be happier. Neither could our neighbors! This particular planting happened as part of a State Grant we were preliminary awarded, late 2016. The 25 trees  planted (on the map, below) were part of the 2016 Virginia Trees for Clean Water Program.

2016 Virginia Trees for Clean Water Program's 25 trees in Scott's Addition

2016 Virginia Trees for Clean Water Program’s 25 trees in Scott’s Addition!

  • 2016 Virginia Trees for Clean Water Program's 25 trees in Scott's Addition

    Here is some new babies trying to fight their way through this cold snap, in Richmond! These trees were planted in January 2017.

    Why worry about planting trees in the concrete jungle?

  • Trees provide oxygen –  one acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people.
  • Trees combat climate change – trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air.
  • Trees clean the air – trees absorb odors and pollutants (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
  • Trees cool the streets and the city – trees cool the city by up to 10°F, by providing shade and breaking up urban “heat islands” and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.
  • Trees help prevent water pollution – trees reduce runoff by breaking rainfall and when mulched, trees act like a sponge that filters this water naturally and uses it to recharge groundwater supplies.
  • Trees reduce violence – Neighborhoods and homes that are barren have shown to have a greater incidence of violence in and out of the home than their greener counterparts. Trees and landscaping help to reduce the level of fear.
  • Trees bring diverse groups of people together – look at the neighborhood engagement that Scott’s Addition has had because of cleanup and tree planting! All cultures, ages, and genders have an important role to play at a tree planting event.
  • Trees block things – trees can mask unsightly views and muffle sounds – creating an eye-soothing canopy of green. Trees absorb dust and wind and reduce glare.
  • Trees increase property values – The beauty of a well-planted street and neighborhood can raise property values by as much as 15 percent. For that we are grateful, in Scott’s Addition!
  • Trees increase business traffic – studies show that the more trees and landscaping a business district has, the more business will flow in. A tree-lined street will also slow traffic – enough to allow the drivers to look at the store fronts instead of whizzing by.
  • The best reason to plant trees, as far as we know is to bring this neighborhood together, for a common cause. We love Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association and so do all of our tree planters. What’s not to love?

Why JOIN Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association?

Scott’s Addition is a thriving, growing neighborhood

Scott’s Addition is the City of Richmond’s fastest growing neighborhood, home of an eclectic mix of apartments, homes, restaurants, breweries, shops and more tucked away in the northwest corner of West Broad Street and North Boulevard. With over 1,000 new residential units and a growing number of amenities, the neighborhood is quickly becoming one of the most sought over areas in the region.

pumpkin-fest-scotts

  • Convenient access to Interstates 64, 95, 195 and Powhite Parkway
  • Historic designation since 2005 (see below)
  • Enterprise Zone incentives
  • Affordable commercial real estate rentals
  • Attractive commercial real estate opportunities
  • Revitalization lead by neighborhood business owners
  • Since 2005, Scott’s Addition has become a hot place to live, work, and play
  • Developers have helped revitalize the neighborhood by updating and transforming warehouse space to residential real estate.

Become a member (Business $150, Resident $25), and:

  • Make a difference in the place you live and work
  • Protect and enhance your business or residence
  • Have your voice heard among business and civic leaders
  • Benefit from effective advocacy on neighborhood issues
  • Shape the future of the neighborhood and surrounding areas
  • Keep employees and residents informed
  • Serve on one of the association’s committees to affect positive change
  • Give back to your community
  • Promote your business
  • Participate in SABA promotions and marketing programs
  • Advertise on scottsaddition.com
  • Increase your company’s visibility
  • Get assistance
  • Learn to navigate city services and financial incentives
  • Stay informed with newsletters and email updates
  • Learn where to address neighborhood concerns and issues