Funding earmarked for traffic study, green space in Scott’s Addition in forthcoming city budget

Funding earmarked for traffic study, green space in Scott’s Addition in forthcoming city budget

Councilwoman Kim Gray has secured just under a half a million dollars for the neighborhood’s use between the sale of a building to Blue Bee Cider and funding for a traffic study.

Photo: Richie MacDonald

There are more people and businesses in Scott’s Addition than ever before with the neighborhood’s recent resurgence, and along with that comes some growing pains. With increased traffic–pedestrian, bicycle, and motorists–and more residents, the neighborhood has a variety of needs that require city funding.

The City of Richmond has earmarked funding for several projects to move the neighborhood forward in its tentative 2018 Capital Improvement Plan. Working in tandem with the board of the Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association, Richmond City Councilwoman Kim Gray has secured $60,000 for a traffic study.

Once funded as of July 1st, the study will take into consideration how traffic flows in the neighborhood and what improvements should be considered, including the possibility of converting one-way streets to two way traffic, reconfiguring the intersection of W. Clay Street and Roseneath Road where opposing one-way traffic is forced to turn left and right, increased signage, and more. Councilwoman Gray says pedestrian and bicycle uses will also be studied and considered and included in the findings.

More perspective from the board from SABA representative Sandi Cauley:

Residents and business owners in Scott’s Addition have expressed concern about the amount of one-way streets in the neighborhood that seem inconsistent and can create confusion for drivers unfamiliar with the area. Moreover, many of the main thoroughfares in Scott’s Addition are one-way roads, assigned when the neighborhood was heavily industrial, and perhaps not applicable given the current growth of the area.

Parking is also a growing concern. One section of Summit Ave. has the reverse-angle parking system in place but members of the community have asked if it should be adopted throughout the neighborhood to maximize space or if it should be removed all together.

The hope is the traffic study will address all of the concerns and offer clarity on how to improve access in and around the area that is bordered by Boulevard and Broad Streets.

The neighborhood will also benefit from the sale of the former City Stables to Blue Bee Cider several years ago. The sale price of the property of $394,950 will be designated for the purchase of, and/or creation of, green space or a park in Scott’s Addition. No word yet on what the space would look like or where it would be located.

The once-heavily-industrial neighborhood lacks any meaningful green space that other area neighborhoods offer–a problem Gray hopes to solve with the earmarked funding.

The final city budget and Capital Improvement Plan will be finalized in the coming weeks.