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

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

804 day

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.

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.



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



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


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

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


Old Dominion Mechanical Food Drive, through June 10, 2016, in Scott’s Addition

Old Dominion Mechanical is collecting food for the FeedMore.org, this month. They are seeking, in particular, non-perishable, high fiber and low-sugar food items, by June 10, 2016. 

Please tell Vicki, at Old Dominion Mechanical, that Scott’s Addition sent you. Thank you for what you can do to feed those less fortunate than yourself. SABA is proud to live in a community that serves those in need. 

Old Dominion Mechanical Food Drive, Scott's Addition

Please bring canned meat (tuna, chicken and salmon), canned vegetables, canned (or dry) beans, canned fruit, grains (pasta and rice), peanut butter, tomato products and healthy snacks (fruit cups, raisins and granola bars) to Old Dominion Mechanical3414 W. Leigh Street, Richmond, VA 23230.


Thank you Tree Stewards, of Scott’s Addition

Scott’s Addition Tree Canopy Campaign has been a success since the beginning of neighborhood engagement – and this weekend was no exception. Louise Seals reports that we had a great turnout this for tree planting. On this past, cold Saturday morning, 3 flowering Crabapples and 3 Princeton elms were planted, as part of our Community Roots tree give-aways. Lee Stewart (kneeling behind the tree, in the green ball cap, in the first photo), says that we have planted about 100 trees, in the last few years. Tree Stewards and Tree Planting in Scott's Addition

Many thanks to all who came out this weekend to help green Scott’s Addition! Special thanks to Steward JoLee Kenney (in safety vest, in the first photo) and Lee Stewart for all their work to make this happen. Shout out to Peter Girardi of True Timber (kneeling 3rd from left) for helping unload all the trees Friday morning, housing the elms overnight and then bringing them to the planting site Saturday morning. We are especially grateful to our community volunteers, and to Steward Trainees Sara Sanderlin and Judy Rurak (next to JoLess Kenney).



Tree Stewards in Scott's Addition January 2017



The “re-treeing” of this formerly industrial area is exciting. Engaged citizens can accomplish a lot – and Scott’s Addition is one engaged community.

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?