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Bally’s Casino Hosting Listening Tours in Local Parks not Located on Southside

The first meeting is this Tuesday at Bryan Park. Wednesday’s meetings will be at Battery and Chimborazo Parks.

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The Bally’s casino proposal located near Powhite and Chippenham is hosting three meetings this week. None of the meetings are located near the proposed location. The voters of Richmond will vote in November on whether a casino will be allowed in the city, regardless of location.

From the official press release:

Bally’s Corporation (NYSE: BALY), the proposed developer and operator of the $650 million “Bally’s Richmond Casino Resort,” and finalist in the City’s casino selection process, today announced that it will proactively embark upon a listening tour consisting of a series of in-person conversations and meetings. The objective of the tour is to provide Bally’s, and Richmond residents and local business owners spanning all nine districts, with opportunities to engage with Bally’s, and address important issues regarding the casino selection process, to ensure that Richmonders’ interests and values are best served. Jonathan Davis, an African American Community Activist in Richmond, is partnering with Bally’s in the planning and implementation of the listening tour.

The listening tour will consist of three events taking place on the following dates at each respective time and location:

Tuesday, April 13th, 6:30pm ET at Bryan Park (4308 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA);
Wednesday, April 14th, 1:00pm ET at Battery Park (2803 Dupont Circle, Richmond, VA); and
Wednesday, April 14th, 6:30pm ET at Chimborazo Park (3215 E Broad St, Richmond, VA).

Michael Monty, Senior Project Manager of the Bally’s Richmond, commented, “As we’ve said from the start, a key component of our proposal is partnering with the City of Richmond. A critical part of building that partnership consists of listening to the community and its stakeholders. We want to hear Richmonders’ thoughts, ideas and concerns so that we can best represent their interests and values. We look forward to this opportunity to engage with the community so that Bally’s is best positioned to put Richmond first.”

“It is great to see that Bally’s is taking steps to ensure that Richmonders’ voices are heard as we move forward in the casino selection process,” said Jonathan Davis, “I’m excited to be working with them to help Richmonders better understand this process and help them stay involved as things progress.”

The Bally’s site has released more information on their website of how they hope to mitigate any traffic issues.

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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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Rezoning Request for a Mixed Use Building at Dunston and Westover Hill Boulevard

The rezoning – Planning Meeting (virtual) is scheduled for May 17th at 1:30pm and the request is to change from R-5 Residential.

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Spotted on Forest View Neighborhood Facebook posted by Ashley

The rezoning signs have gone up for the Old Christmas Tree Lot that’s across from the Valero. The developer is applying for a Special Use Permit (R-63). It’s currently a R-5 Residential.
The rezoning – Planning Meeting (virtual) is scheduled for May 17th at 1:30pm. https://richmondva.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx I understand that you can submit comments ahead of the meeting.
The developer (whom I have no association with- just sharing what I know) is planning on building a mix use building.
– 3 Story Building
– The third floor will be SIX Apartments ( Four 1 bedroom apartments and Two 2 bedroom apartments).
– The second floor will be office space
– And the first floor will be retail
– Trash service will be a dumpster with a privacy screen
– UPDATED: 9 spots parking spots + 1 handicapped parking spot = 10 parking spots behind the building but expected street parking will be used
– At least a year lease for the apartments / targeting young professionals

The images were distributed at a Forest Hill Neighborhood Association Meeting.

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South of the James Community Festival Morphing into Mile of Music at Forest Hill Park

On Saturday, June 12th you’ll be able to walk around Forest Hill Park and enjoy some sweet sounds.

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In previous years the Richmond Symphony would set up their really big tent and host music. This year they’re still playing music but it’s a little different. On Saturday, June 12th you’ll be able to walk around Forest Hill Park and enjoy some sweet sounds.

South of the James Community Festival

While we are encouraged by the progress being made in the state of Virginia, the Richmond Symphony has decided to take a different direction with the South of the James Community Festival this year, primarily due to COVID and still needing to maintain social distancing protocols, etc. With that in mind, we are moving forward with an alternative approach.

Please join us at the new event, Mile for Music: https://fb.me/e/1eT2qOcJt

Over the course of two hours, Mile of Music will have several performing groups set-up along an approximate 1-mile route within Forest Hill Park – you can take your time to enjoy music in the park from 2-4pm! Hope to see you there!

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Richmond BizSense Reporting: Nonprofit Little Hands that Clothes Babies Moves Into Stratford Hills

The nonprofit takes donated clothes and other items and distributes them to children.

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From Richmond BizSense.com:

Little Hands opened a new office at 7101-L Forest Hill Ave. in the Shops at Stratford Hills in early April. The nonprofit collects donated new and like-new clothing, diapers, soap and other items for children up to 3 years old and then distributes the donations to children referred by its partner network.

“We provide essentials to young children in need in the greater Richmond area,” founder and executive director Taylor Keeney said. “That (age range) is in particular a time when kids are growing and constantly needing new clothing and gear.”

Little Hands launched out of Keeney’s garage in 2019, and by the fall of that year moved into a classroom at Second Baptist Church in Henrico. After heightened demand spurred by the pandemic, the nonprofit relocated again.

Details from Little Hands Instagram on how you can make a donation.

We are opening the doors to our new office on Wednesday! Come see us this week!

Our new office is located at 7101 Forest Hill Ave., Suite L, Richmond, VA 23225. It is in the Shops at Stratford Hills, right in between Publix and Target.

All donations must be brought to the back door. When you pull into the shopping center, drive around to the back (either around the Publix or Target). There is a sign on the Little Hands door! Ring the doorbell and a volunteer will meet you at the door.

For a refersher on the items we accept, and what must be new versus gently used, visit www.littlehandsva.org/how-to-help.

We will be posting our regular hours for the spring later this week, including some Saturday hours coming up in April. See you soon!

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