From Councilperson Kristen Larson:
On October 28 at 6 pm at Huguenot Community Center, city staff, along with Navy Hill District Corporation will be presenting the Navy Hill project to the 4th district. Members of the Navy Hill Development Advisory Committee will also be present to introduce themselves to residents. Please come to learn more details about the project and the city’s process leading up to the final vote. I encourage you to join in the conversation whether you are for or against this development. Your questions and insight are critical in setting the direction of our City. If you would like to view documents related to this project, please visit this website for presentations on Navy Hill.
One topic to bring up might be this latest development brought to our attention by Richmond BizSense.com.
But Navy Hill’s financials – specifically those relating to a proposed tax-increment financing district that would be used to help fund the arena – are based and rely heavily on an assumption that a second Dominion tower will indeed be built, as council members were told at a work session last week.
If the second tower is built, its inclusion in the TIF district would help the city pay down more than $300 million in revenue bonds that the city would float to fund the new arena.
Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Battle Fog and High Point University for a Preseason Win
Last night the Richmond Kickers played against High Point University out of North Carolina at the River City Sportsplex.
High Point: 1
No official summary of the preseason game against High Point University. The reason is two fold. Basically this is a friendly with an abundance of new players and lack of numbers tends to make any serious evaluation hard. Secondly, efforts at tactical analysis were further hampered by an extremely dense fog. Players at the other end of the field were barely distinguishable. We can tell you that so far the Kickers seem to be playing a much higher press and much more direct attack under new Coach Darren Sawatzky.
Stanley Alves netted two goals the first in the 10th minute and the second in the 21st. The first was unassisted the second service was a quick one-two in the box with Terzaghi.
Jonathan Bolanos scored in the 18th off an Emiliano Terzaghi rebound. This was doubly exciting for Bolanos as High Point is his alma mater.
High Point showed signs of life in the 44th minute. Goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald made a stunning diving save but the ball fell into the box and the Kicker’s defenders were unable to clear the ball.
The Kickers have another pre-season game that is open to the public this Sunday at Ukrop park against Old Dominion University. Kicker legend and all-around good guy William Yomby is currently an assistant coach for ODU. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 PM>
2020 Richmond Kickers Roster
Learn More and Fill Out a Survey on the Proposed Changes to Semmes, W. 34th, and Forest Hill Ave.
Big changes could be on the way for a busy intersection near Patrick Henry School. Find out more and voice your opinion on the changes.
From Stephanie Lynch:
Greetings, we have provided a synopsis of a draft proposal for traffic calming measures to improve the overall safety of the area between Reedy Creek and W. 34th along Semmes & Forest Hill Ave. We are asking for your input before these proposals move forward to the next phase of 30% designs.
These improvements are being funded by a federal grant that will expire and effectively evaporate if they are not used. The city has already spent a considerable amount of resources to study, design and test simulations for their recommended safety measures. The 5th district office has been working on this issue for several years and we have had multiple community meetings throughout the process.
This is an exciting opportunity to get some much-needed funding to help to improve the safety of our community. We have provided a ‘quick reference’ below, as well as a more detailed summary, map, and links to help you give the most informed input.
You will see questions at the end of this survey as well as an opportunity for comment. Please feel free to let us know if you have any additional questions.
SURVEY Semmes Phase I & Phase II Traffic Safety Plans: https://forms.gle/dNfDbZVASrjJ4ZybA
This survey will close on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
Critters of the Week
A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.
Where Spotted: Reedy Creek
Common Name: White-Throated Sparrow
Scientific Name: Zonotrichia albicollis
Body Length: 5.9 to 7.5 in
Wingspan: 9.1 in
Weight: 0.78 to 1.13 oz
- White-throated sparrows breed in central Canada and New England.
- Alongside some other species such as the cardinal, dark-eyed junco, song sparrow and chickadees, this species ranks among the most abundant native birds during winter in eastern North America.
- Numerous mammalian carnivores prey on the White-Throated Sparrow and at least ten avian predators often hunt them and they are among the most regular prey species for some smaller raptors, i.e. the sharp-shinned hawk and eastern screech-owl.
Not So Slim Shady at RACC
Age: 3yrs 10mths 3wks
Pet ID: 83575