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

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.

 

 

Brrrrr – Meet our Chilly Neighbor

Ice cream shop readies Scott’s Addition location

by J. Elias O’Neal January 25, 2017 in Richmond BizSense

Work continues on Gelati Celesti's fourth location at 1400 N. Boulevard in Scott's Addition. (J. Elias O'Neal)

Work continues on Gelati Celesti’s fourth location at 1400 N. Boulevard in Scott’s Addition. (J. Elias O’Neal)

The eastern border of Richmond’s hottest neighborhood is about to get a frosty new tenant. Local ice cream chain Gelati Celesti plans to open a 2,100-square-foot store at 1400 N. Boulevard on Feb. 9.

Gelati Celesti Scott's Addition

It’ll be the fourth location for owners Steve and Kim Rosser, their biggest shop yet and the brand’s second within city limits.

The new store joins the original Gelati Celesti shop at 8906 W. Broad St. in the Gold’s Gym Plaza shopping center, an outpost in the Stony Point Shopping Center on the Southside, and in the Corner at Short Pump.

“To give some perspective, our Short Pump store is 1,275 square feet,” said Steve Rosser. “This is one of our biggest investments yet.”

The new shop is a ground-floor tenant of the redeveloped 17,000-square-foot building that formerly housed a local printing company. The building’s second floor is being converted into apartments. UrbanCore Development and Duke Dodson of Dodson Property Management are behind the rehab. “We’re confident we will have ample parking for our customers at this location,” Rosser said. “Scott’s Addition is a hot neighborhood. We like the association with the other businesses coming into the neighborhood, and we’ll be central to The Fan, Northside, and the Malvern area.” The Rossers plan to open their Boulevard location by early August, and plan to start hiring “scoopers” to work in the store in the early summer. The store will create between 15 and 18 new jobs.

Read the rest of the story, here

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

Coalition for Smart Transit, unmoved by McAuliffe’s ultimatum

McAuliffe gives ultimatum on city bus rapid transit project (full article, by NED OLIVER Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe warned Tuesday that if Richmond opts to delay plans to build a bus rapid transit line on Broad Street, the city could very well lose its federal funding for the project.

“If they don’t want it, that is their decision, but we’re not going to wait forever and I will give the money back to the federal government,” McAuliffe said in an interview Tuesday. “They’ll take it back very quickly.”

Organizers with the neighborhood groups, called the Coalition for Smart Transit, were unmoved by McAuliffe’s ultimatum. “Just because something is on sale doesn’t mean you should buy it,” said Jonathan Marcus, the coalition’s chairman. “The transit plan as it stands now does not address Richmond’s transit problems, and it saddles the city with an unknown debt for an unknown period of time.”

Critics have said the project would hurt Broad Street by taking away parking spaces and disrupting business during construction, while not improving access to transportation in parts of the city that are not currently well-served.

It’s unclear whether the project currently has enough support on the council to move forward. Among the outstanding questions City Council members have said they want resolved before a vote is how much it would cost to operate the service annually. In the past two weeks, GRTC refined its estimate, saying it would cost between $551,840 and $980,034 in its first year.

Scott’s Addition’s momentum now includes corner of West Marshall St. & High Point Ave.

Richmond’s BizSense, by MICHAEL SCHWARTZ. Another chunk of Richmond’s hottest neighborhood has caught the eye of local developers.

Three aging office buildings in Scott’s Addition were acquired last week by a group that has plans to gut and redevelop one of the properties in the near-term and potentially bring new construction to the remaining two sites over time.

West Marshall Street in Scott's Addition

The group, led by Yogi Singh, formerly of local real estate investment firm Capital Square 1031, paid around $2.5 million for 3122, 3113 and 3015 W. Marshall St., a cluster of two-story office buildings built in the 60s and 70s. The deals closed Sept. 1 and included adjacent parking lots. They also bought 3115 Clay St., but immediately sold it to another party, Singh said.

The remaining three properties total nearly 40,000 square feet and Singh said they’ll focus initially on the largest of the bunch – the 16,000-square-foot building at the corner of West Marshall Street and High Point Avenue.

Singh said they plan to convert the two story shell into modern office space with suites ranging from 1,500 square feet up to 8,000. Read the rest of the article, here.

Scott’s Addition’s Still Going Strong

From Richmond’s BizSense‘s “CRE Rehash: A year’s worth of deals and developments”

Scott’s Addition’s momentum carried over into 2016, with investors pouring in for prime parcels and existing buildings.

Happy 2017 Scott's Addition

Developers Louis Salomonsky and David White solidified plans this year for two six-story residential towers that will take shape on the western edge of the fast-developing district, dubbed Scott’s View.

One of the neighborhood’s most eye-catching structures – the HandCraft building at 1501 Roseneath Road – hit a hot streak of tenant deals during the year, signing on a local electric car charger startup (EvaTran), a fledgling brewery (Vasen) and other tenants.

A group led by Yogi Singh paid around $2.5 million for 3122, 3113 and 3015 W. Marshall St., a cluster of two-story office buildings built in the ’60s and ’70s. They also bought 3115 Clay St. Those properties will look to fill demand for modern office space in the industrial neighborhood.

Local coworking brand Gather opened a location in Scott’s Addition – its second in the city – in 17,000 square feet at 2920 W. Broad St.

Demand for office also drove Roseleigh Partners LLC to pay $3.46 million for 1408 Roseneath Road, a property that’s home to three buildings totaling about 50,000 square feet on 1.8 acres.

The Better Housing Coalition jumped into Scott’s Addition by paying $5.9 million for the Quality Inn & Suites building at 3200 W. Broad St. Its plans for the building include mixed-income apartments and commercial space.

The neighborhood’s momentum, along with the GRTC Pulse rapid bus system in early stages of construction along Broad, has the city considering changes to zoning rules that would ease the path for certain types of projects, such as multifamily residential and pedestrian-oriented commercial uses such as breweries, retail, office and restaurants and potentially allow taller building heights – 12 stories maximum – and no parking requirements. That’s an issue that will continue to play out in 2017.

Read the rest of the story, here.

Second “Gather” co-working space opened in Scott’s Addition

Richmond Times-Dispatch announced a new co-working space is open in Scott’s Addition

Three years ago, Doug and Polly White had never heard of a co-working space. But this week, they opened a second such space called Gather in Scott’s Addition.Gather Co-Working Space in Scott's Addition

Co-working spaces are places for small-business owners and entrepreneurs to collaborate and share ideas. They are designed for people who might otherwise work alone at home or in an office but want a sense of community. The spaces have become increasingly popular as more people move away from traditional office settings.

The Whites, who are joined in the enterprise by three other people, opened the first Gather in 2014 at 409 E. Main St. The Whites and their co-owners sell memberships that provide businesses with access to private offices, conference rooms and other amenities.

The Scott’s Addition location has 16,000 square feet of co-working space, compared with 13,000 at the downtown location. More than 40 offices have been rented so far at the new location, Polly White said. Memberships, which give workers access to both locations, include access to conference rooms, a gym, Wi-Fi and coffee. Read the rest of the article, here

 

Thalhimer Realty Partners developing in Scott’s Addition

Thalhimer Realty Partners‘ new project, in Scott’s Addition, has hit a new wrinkle, according to MICHAEL THOMPSON, of Richmond BizSense.

As it works to complete its redevelopment of one of the largest projects in Manchester, a local real estate firm is pressing further into another sought-after neighborhood.

Thalhimer Realty Partners, the development arm of local real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, has purchased 1500 Roseneath Road, a 106,000-square-foot property that covers nearly an entire city block in Scott’s Addition.

The company paid $4.12 million for the property in a deal that closed March 11. The seller was P&P Enterprises, the parent company of commercial laundry company Carolina Linen, which has operated out of the site and purchased it several years ago for $2.77 million. A 45-space parking lot at the corner of West Leigh Street and Roseneath Road was also part of the deal. Read the rest of the article, here.

Thalhimer Realty Partners have two other projects that they are working on: Courtyard Lofts (3200 W. Clay Street) and Osprey Lofts (3210 W. Leigh Street).

That’s the way we roll!

River City Roll – boutique bowling alley set to roll along Boulevard

River City Roll in Scott's Addition

A local development team is lining up what it bets will be a strike for the city’s hottest neighborhood ===> Scott’s Addition.

Rob Long, a former investment banker with BB&T Capital Markets, is leading a team that includes former Jefferson Hotel restaurant director Ben Eubanks to bring a high-end “boutique” bowling alley to a mostly vacant lot between the Boulevard and the Cookie Factory Lofts.

To be called River City Roll, the $5 million project is planned for a 2-acre plot at 939 Myers St., a block east of the Boulevard across from Scott’s Addition. The 25,000-square-foot facility would include 150 parking spaces and replace a pair of dilapidated storage buildings on the site.

Long said he came across the so-called boutique bowling concept – alleys with fewer lanes and an emphasis on high-end food and finishes – in bigger cities while working debt capital raises for some of the country’s largest corporations.

“I lived in San Antonio, Charlotte and Boston, where these concepts were doing very well. Being from Richmond and understanding the market here, I knew this was a concept that could work here,” he said.

“You have so much happening within this vicinity of the city … it just made sense to start this venture here,” said Long, who said his team is eyeing additional bowling alleys locally and nationally. “Given the renewed activity in the city, especially Scott’s Addition, we feel like this model can be very successful in Richmond,” he said.

Ben Eubanks and Rob Long River City Roll

Development team members Ben Eubanks, left, and Rob Long on the future River City Roll site, adjacent to the Cookie Factory Lofts. (J. Elias O’Neal)

Long said each lane at River City Roll will be named for a Richmond street or landmark and include leather seating and custom-made tables, where wait staff will deliver drinks and food. Eubanks, a former restaurant director at The Jefferson, is overseeing River City Roll’s food and beverage concept.

“[Eubanks] is very well known for his craft and attention to detail,” Long said. “Our food and beverage options are going to be very memorable.”

The venue will include shuffleboard and Skee-Ball and a stage for live music.

“We want it to be more than just a high-end bowling alley,” Long said. “We want there to be something for everyone, even those who don’t like to bowl.” Read the rest of the story, here.