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James River Park Master Plan is released into the wild and ready for review

With over 600 acres of land in the middle of the city, the James River Park system needs a path for its future growth. The path is laid out in the James River Parks Master Plan that was released last week.

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The James River Park Master Plan is the result of a thorough public comment period with guidance pulled directly from over 2,000 surveys and 10 public meetings held at every voting district in the City of Richmond which began in January.

Last Wednesday the plan was released. The plan is an 80-page document created by land development group VHB and landscape architecture firm Hargreaves Associates through funding from Friends of the James River Park.

James River Park covers over 600 acres and as you’d expect the needs for various areas are quite varied.

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Though the plan has more than 50 recommendations, it will be constrained by budgetary availability. Therefore, the plan recommends six focus areas where funding can be immediately directed and will be asking survey respondents to choose their priorities.

Kirt Rieder of Hargreaves presented those focus areas — expanding transportation access, creating greenways at Pump House and Reedy Creek, creating a Pony Pasture Education Center, refurbishing the Reedy Creek Welcome Center and rehabilitating Pump House Park.

As you’d expect from an 80 page document there is a lot of information to take in. The document is well laid out and you can easily find the parts that most important to you. The Master Plan is not set in stone and changes are expected as projects are implemented. Those changes are dependant on input from the users of the park which is collected from a survey.

Find the Master Plan AND the Survey here:  https://jamesriverpark.org/draftmasterplan/

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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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Jackson Ward Interior Design Firm Starts New Venture

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News out of Jackson Ward.

Today, Flourish Spaces, the Jackson Ward-based retail and commercial interior design firm, is announcing the opening of its retail showroom, The Flourish Collective, later this fall.

For Founder Stevie McFadden, interior design started as a passion before evolving into a career. As such, she is uniquely familiar with the struggles of both groups: design-lovers who want to curate their own homes, desperate to access product lines only available through designers, and interior designers running out of stores where their clients touch and feel samples before making a major purchase. The Flourish Collective solves for both problems.

The Flourish Collective will showcase custom furniture, fixtures, art, and home accents. Interior designers can bring clients to peruse before purchasing, while design-lovers can shop sought-after product lines while tapping into the expertise of the collective’s members who will be staffing the showroom on a rotating basis.

Inaugural members of The Flourish Collective include Flourish Spaces (interior design), Jamie Coffey (furniture, linens, and decor ), Wendy Umanoff (lighting design), Whittney Forstner (art and art curation), Sarah Rowland (wall coverings), Jason Lefton (dimensional wall murals), and Devon Cushman (tablescapes and holiday decor).

The Flourish Collective will be located at 221 E Clay Street. The space was previously occupied by Flourish Spaces, which has moved to the building’s second floor. At the time of opening, The Flourish Collective will be by appointment only, for both the public and designers.

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Richmond Then and Now: 316 W. Broad Street

A then and now snapshot of Richmond locations.

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Original image from The Library of Virginia Flickr, Moses’ Barber Shop, 316 West Broad Street, Adolph B. Rice Studio, Date: 1956 Mar. 4

 

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Suspect Sought in Car Vandalisms

The man is suspected of keying several vehicles in the Shockoe Bottom area.

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Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspect in the attached photos. He is suspected of keying several vehicles in the Shockoe Bottom area.
Sometime between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Sunday, August 23, a woman said she parked her car in the 2300 block of East Main Street. When she later went to move her car, she discovered someone had keyed her vehicle. The suspect also left a note stating, “This is a loading zone not a park however long you want zone.”

Detectives believe the suspect also is responsible for keying several other cars in the area.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to call First Precinct Detective T. Wilson at (804) 646-0672 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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