We reported back in January that Bon Secours is moving forward with plans to redevelop the Westhampton School property at Patterson and Libbie Avenues in the Near West End. Now, First District Richmond City Councilman Andreas Addison is shedding more light on what might be done with the site after sharing results of a survey that asked residents what they would support or not support on the property.
The health system has applied to rezone the property in the Near West End, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. There’s no guarantee the historic structures will remain intact, but the organization’s agreement with the city requires them to attempt to preserve them unless it’s deemed too costly or otherwise burdensome to do so.
The oldest portion of the school dates to 1917; the second to 1935. The former was the site of Daisy Jane Cooper’s act of breaking the segregation barrier of Richmond Public Schools, a building that Councilman Addison calls “a pillar of the community, our resilience, and unity.”
The hospital system originally intended to demolish both after coming to the conclusion that rehabilitation of the aging structures would cost more than new construction. Neighbors and City Councilman Andreas Addison spoke in opposition to those plans, citing the school’s historic nature and architecture.
As for now, a free-standing medical office building will be built on the site, but more than 700 neighbors, business owners, and other stakeholders completed a survey exploring the possible uses of the site’s proposed B-7 zoning designation. The full survey results can be seen here (PDF).
Bon Secours introduced the aforementioned B-7 rezoning application to City Council on Tuesday, May 29th. It will go before the Planning District Commission June 25th. More renderings and a plan of development are expected after that time.
A chief concern for nearby residents is increased traffic from the development, and Councilman Addison has pledged to have a traffic study completed to mitigate concerns.
We’ll continue to follow this story as it unfolds.
Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market planning to double size of Short Pump store
Construction on an expansion of the locally-owned store should commence this Spring.
From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market, which has operated in western Henrico County since 2004, is getting bigger.
The 15,000-square-foot market will nearly double in size when the store expansion project is completed later this year, owner Tom Leonard said.
Construction should begin late in the spring.
The expansion will take over the tented area to the left of the store – where pumpkins and Christmas trees are typically sold.
The added space will enable the market, off Tom Leonard Drive, to expand and move its bakery and deli departments into the new space. The bakery will be able to make fresh-boiled bagels – “the way they do them in New York,” Leonard said.
Richmond-based company launching digital TV streaming network today with event at VMHC
Richmond-based Soulidifly Productions will launch the new streaming TV network today and is throwing a launch party tonight in celebration.
Richmond based Soulidifly Productions is launching a new digital TV streaming network today known as SoulVision.TV. The new network will feature over 200 hours of “authentic, positive, and often untold human stories shown in feature films and movies, TV shows, news, interviews, cartoons, and more,” according to a news release.
The network will be accessible from all devices including all leading streaming platforms – Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire – and on all mobile platforms, tablets and other devices including smart TVs and home computers.
Entertainers Cecily, Carla Jackson, JJ Squire, and vocalist Imani Waters will headline an event this evening at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture ahead of the network’s launch.
The event takes place beginning at 6:30 PM at the museum at 428 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. Attendees can also get complimentary tickets by entering code “SVTV” on the ticketing page.
Learn more and get tickets here and check out a preview of the new network below.
Henrico clears the way for redevelopment of Azalea Mall, Virginia Center Commons sites
Two derelict properties in the Northside of town will soon have new life breathed into them as Henrico greenlit their redevelopment Tuesday.
From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
As Henrico County officials are preparing for the redevelopment of Virginia Center Commons with a public arena, the operators of a senior living community are ready to expand on top of land where another county mall was demolished in 1999.
On Tuesday, the Henrico Board of Supervisors approved zoning and permit changes to let Westminster Canterbury of Richmond expand its continuing-care retirement community over part of the lot where Azalea Mall once stood. The board also voted to authorize the use of $50 million to build an indoor sports arena at Virginia Center Commons.