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Missing Man Sought

Jesse Fredericks was last seen on January 4th in the 3200 block of Chamberlayne Avenue.

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From RPD:

The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Richmond man.

Jesse Fredericks was last seen yesterday, January 4 in the 3200 block of Chamberlayne Avenue. He was last seen wearing a blue or black puffer jacket, blue jeans, blue shoes, and a black and blue skull cap. Fredericks suffers from a mental health disorder and may be off his medication.

Fredericks is approximately 5’ 11” and weighs about 164 pounds.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Sgt. M. Mocello at (804) 646-6775 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.

 

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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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Byrd House Market to Start Selling on May 4th

The Birdhouse Farmers Market returns for its 15th season on Tuesday, May 4th from 3:00 to 6:30 pm (rain or shine), in the space between the Randolph Community Pool and Petronius Jones Park, at 1507 Grayland Avenue.

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The Birdhouse Farmers Market returns for its 15th season on Tuesday, May 4th from 3:00 to 6:30 pm (rain or shine), in the space between the Randolph Community Pool and Petronius Jones Park, at 1507 Grayland Avenue.
 
This season the market will continue to adhere to social distancing protocols, enforcing spacing regulations between vendors and requiring vendors to wear masks and gloves.
 
In an effort to minimize the duration of the market shopping trip for our customers and to provide food access to as many people in the community as possible, Birdhouse Market will continue to offer online ordering. Buying pages will go live on Thursday morning and close on early Monday morning each week. Walk-up shopping without pre-ordering will also be available, but market management is asking customers to wear a mask, limit their time at the market, practice social distancing for the health of our customers, vendors, and volunteers, and please leave pets at home.
 
Approximately 19 Birdhouse Farmers Market vendors will be selling Virginia-grown produce, cut flowers, meat, specialty baked goods, and more each week.
 
The best way to keep track of weekly activities is to visit our website where you can subscribe to the weekly Birdhouse Market Newsletter, and to follow the market on Facebook and Instagram.
 
“Every spring we get so excited about the return of our in-person market. Despite the pandemic, Birdhouse Farmers Market has shopping alternatives that allow everyone to fully participate, including our SNAP customers. Feeding Richmond well; it’s what we do.”  Kate Ruby, Market Manager
 
ABOUT THE MARKET
 
Birdhouse Farmers Market is a friendly, year-round, all-weather, mid-week, food-focused farmers market promoting healthy eating and a love of community and the environment. Our mission is  strengthening our local food system to improve the health and well-being of the Richmond community.

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Latest from Lucy Dacus Features a Ton of Byrd Theater

Richmond native and musical star Lucy Dacus released a new video and we think you should check it out.

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Hot & Heavy” is taken from Lucy Dacus’ upcoming album ‘Home Video’ out on Matador Records June 25. Pre-order and pre-save here: https://lucydacus.ffm.to/homevideo

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Update on Forest Hill Widening Proposal from 4th District Councilperson Kristen Larson

Good news if you were anti-widening.

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I’ll post Councilperson’s full statement below but here is the part most people are interested in.

The update to the project changes the scale to add dedicated bicycle lanes and sidewalk and remove the widening component. The extent of the project is also changed, moving it west along Forest Hill Avenue to between the Belt Railroad and Powhite Parkway. This update removes the project from consideration as regionally significant and qualifies it as a local project, taking it out of the ConnectRVA 2045 process.

Full Statement:

I connected with folks from the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RRTPO) yesterday and we discussed the proposed plan for Forest Hill Widening.
Here is some background from RRTPO:

The first phase of our planning process dealt with issues that were experienced in the region related to the transportation system. One of the ways issues were identified was through testing our existing travel network in a travel demand model to see how it would handle future projected traffic. The section of Forest Hill Avenue from 47th to Semmes was identified as becoming congested for automobile and truck traffic by the year 2025.

Knowing there was an identified issue, staff reached out to the city and were asked to plan for a widening in that location from 2-4 lanes, primarily to address expected growth in the corridor over the next twenty years. That project description is what we took forward for inclusion in the Universe of Projects. To clarify, being in this list does not mean there is any commitment to move a project forward or fund it in any way; it only shows which projects will be analyzed for improvement of the network for the community.

Update on project today:
Through the public review process, we have heard overwhelming support for eliminating this project from the Universe of Projects. As a result, was able to have an extended conversation with DPW leadership this week and have received the following request from the City. To clarify the current intent for the Forest Hill Avenue corridor, city staff asked that the project be removed to better support recent planning efforts along the corridor. The update to the project changes the scale to add dedicated bicycle lanes and sidewalk and remove the widening component. The extent of the project is also changed, moving it west along Forest Hill Avenue to between the Belt Railroad and Powhite Parkway. This update removes the project from consideration as regionally significant and qualifies it as a local project, taking it out of the ConnectRVA 2045 process.

As far as next steps, when the public review period closes on Thursday 4/15, staff will summarize public comments received and provide a recommendation to the ConnectRVA 2045 Advisory Committee at their next meeting. The Universe of Projects will then be subjected to the evaluation and scoring process to determine which projects make sense and provide reasonable improvements to the network.
RRTPO is extremely pleased that they were able to work cooperatively with city staff and resolve this concern. This exercise also illustrates a successful planning process, whereby we were able to receive community feedback, hear concerns, and improve the slate of projects. Thank you and your staff for communicating your concerns – we are hopeful that the resolution is satisfactory to all, and we encourage continued involvement as the process moves forward. As a reminder, there will be more opportunities for public engagement as the planning process continues.

Additional opportunities for engagement: If this is helpful, there will be at least two more major milestones in the planning process where people can get involved and provide additional review and feedback. Each of these review periods will be 30 days.

Cost constrained plan review: In mid-summer, the scoring will be completed for each project in the Universe and those scores will be available for public review and feedback. Following that review period, staff will work with the advisory committee to assemble a draft prioritized list of projects to be considered for the cost-constrained plan. This is really when public feedback is helpful and it will be a time when the public can see how each project compares to others and how they really stack up across the region.

Full plan review: Late summer, early fall there will be an opportunity for the public to review the full plan in draft form before it goes into the final review process by our committees and policy board. At this time, the constrained plan will be explained in more detail with text, graphics, interactive mapping, and other formatting that should make the full document easier to navigate.

Thank you to everyone that reached out about this proposal and thanks to Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization for hearing from 4th and 5th district residents and working with city staff to find another project.

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