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RTD on Locker Room Owner and Her New Project The Pitts

Karri Peifer takes a good look at a local watering hole with a dubious reputation and it might just change your mind.

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The Locker Room is an RVA/Reddit legend and known throughout the land as a dive bar. They wear the title “dive bar” with pride. My only visit to the bar is a vague, drunken, smokey, mystery of a memory long since stuffed into a bit of my subconscious. I will intentionally keep that memory a mystery. Other reporters are much braver.

Karri Peifer takes a look at the history of the tiny bar on Westover Hills Boulevard and plans for a “sister bar” on Broad Rock Boulevard.

“They got the [dive bar] distinction years ago,” Peters said. “They were proud of it! They called my mom ‘MeanJean’ because she was. Seriously! My uncle was the favorite back ‘boother’ – and still is to this day. He hung out with everyone! Smoked and drank with the best of ’em. They earned [the title dive].”

And Peters is about to open a second dive in Richmond – The Pitts – the “sister dive to The Locker Room with a sweet backyard lounge,” according to the restaurant’s tag line, at 2220 Broad Rock Blvd. in South Richmond.

The Pitts is scheduled to open on Halloween – and Peters recruited a notable spokesperson for the restaurant: Richmond celebrity Gene Cox.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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RTD on Nathan Burrell’s Impact on our Parks

A lot has changed in James River Park over the years one constant for 17 years was Nathan Burrell and his hard work.

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Nathan Burrell spent 17 years working in our park system. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him on a few projects. The impact he had on my particular project was immense. The impact he had on the James River Park System is even greater.

Colleen Curran at RTD has a great summary of the impact Nathan has had on our parks.

During his time as superintendent, Burrell raised the parks operational budget from approximately $535,000 to over $800,000. With the increase, he was able to expand the park staff from three to seven full-time positions.

He also secured capital improvement funding totaling over $800,000 for the park.

“I think he had the two main characteristics you need [in this position]: patience and perseverance. His patience didn’t mean he was going to accept it. Settling was not his thing. He was persistent, stubborn even, in pushing for what he believed was right,” Lugbill said.

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Proposed Changes to Traffic at Forest Hill Ave, Semmes, and 34th

Quick summary is the current traffic light at Dundee/Semmes/Forest Hill will be removed and a light added to 34th and Semmes.

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Thanks to John Murden for the summary of last night’s meeting.

There was a meeting this evening at Patrick Henry ES regarding the draft plan for changes to traffic patterns at Forest Hill/Semmes/34th.

Core to the plan is putting a stoplight at 34th and Semmes. To get enough traffic through that intersection to justify the cost of the stoplight, the block of Forest Hill behind WPA/Laura Lee’s etc will be made east-bound-only to force traffic up 34th to Semmes.

The current traffic light at Dundee/Semmes/Forest Hill will be removed, and a cross-on-demand style light and crosswalk will be placed in front of Crossroads. On-street parking behind the business will be converted angle parking, and Dundee & Forest Hill will be reconfigured to allow for east-bound traffic only.

Previous requests to make Semmes one-lane in front of the commercial strip and also in front of the school to allow for drop-off were described as not possible. It sounded like there are no plans at this time to extend the bike lane.

This plan is very similar to what was discussed in November of 2018. Sidenote it was John Murden giving us the summary back then as well. Thanks John.

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12th Annual Forest Hill 5K Hits the Hills on March 22nd

A great event in the neighborhood that sends2th Annual Forest Hill 5K the serious and not so serious runners into the Hills.

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I stole this text from the Forest Hill Neighborhood Newsletter. If you’re offended please feel free to remove the little card that says PRESS that is placed in my hatband.

Don’t miss the this year’s Run for the Hills! 5K.   We will be running, or doing something vaguely similar,  on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Run, jog, or walk. Come enjoy the park with us.

  • Online registration:  Register by clicking this link Active.com.  Beat the March 15th early registration deadline to guarantee your cool t-shirt.
  • On-site registration (and sign-in):  You may register at the Stone House on Saturday, March 21st from 10 am to noon and on Sunday, March 22th from 8 am to the beginning of the race.  T-shirts are first come first serve.

Our Facebook event has all the race info including this year’s route map, tee, and a link to the registration form.

Join the team.
Can you volunteer your time to assist runners, take photos, or something more? We need help with all aspects of the race.  Would you consider donating noisemakers, sidewalk chalk, or balloons to make our finish line festive?  Email us at foresthillassoc@gmail.com if you are interested.

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