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Science Museum of Virginia Parking Deck Now Open

Good news for those visiting the Children’s Museum or the Science Museum.

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The Science Museum of Virginia has completed construction on its new parking deck. The four-level structure has 400 spaces, 25 percent more than was previously available in the surface lots adjacent to Broad Street.

The deck has an elevator, high ceilings, wide spaces and parking on level grades. The linear traffic flow (one way in and one way out) and its location on the same side as the Science Museum create a safe experience for both drivers and pedestrians.

The parking deck is made of light-colored concrete, which can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the black asphalt on which vehicles previously parked.

In the coming months, the Science Museum will be adding six electric vehicle charging stations to the deck, expanding the number on campus to eight. The new stations are sponsored by CarMax.

Who:
The parking deck, which took a little more than a year to complete, is open for all Science Museum and Children’s Museum of Richmond guests, staff, event attendees and visitors. All motorists will use the deck as the surface lot will be removed.

When:
Museum goers may use the deck during operating hours and special events. Community members will not be able to enter the deck overnight.

How:
The parking deck is located to the west of the Science Museum on the site of a former surface lot directly beside The Dome planetarium. Motorists may enter the deck two ways: from Broad Street by using the circular driveway that runs in front of the Science Museum and by turning off Terminal Drive and passing in front of the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Cars will exit the parking deck directly behind the Children’s Museum.

There is no charge to park in the deck.

Why:
The parking deck is a means to an exciting end for the Science Museum. Now that the deck is open, the Science Museum will immediately start reclaiming two acres of asphalt surface lot where vehicles previously parked. This is the next step in creating a nearly six-acre public green space called The Green.

The development of The Green aligns with the Richmond 300 development plan, which prioritizes green infrastructure for Scott’s Addition and the adjacent neighborhoods. Scott’s Addition is one of the fastest growing high-density, mixed-use neighborhoods in Richmond, but it has one of the lowest levels of urban tree cover.

The Green will help reduce the urban heat island effect by removing dark, heat-absorbing paved surfaces and increasing vegetation. The Green incorporates 100 percent Virginia native plants and trees. More than 70 percent of the species are listed as native to the Richmond region in the “Native Plants for Virginia’s Capital Region” planting guide. The remaining species were chosen to highlight iconic Virginia plants that may become more common in our region in the future due to our changing climate.

In addition, The Green offers the community a park-like space for recreation such as walking, relaxing and gathering, which promotes the scientifically proven physical and mental health benefits of natural spaces.

Where:
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220

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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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Snack Collection for Westover Hills Elementary

Everyone deserves a snack.

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The good folks over at Westover Hills United Methodist Church (1711 Westover Hills Blvd) are helping out Westover Hill Elementary students and you can help as well.

The WHUMC Connect Group is collecting snacks for Westover Hills Elementary! We will be organizing and delivering the snacks at our October 12th meeting and would love to have donations in by then. If you are able to donate, please feel free to drop off at the church! Thank you!

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Richmond BizSense Reporting Goatcado Moving into Forest Hill Avenue Spot

There is no timeline for when the Goatcado will be up and running.

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In the spot that held a fish market, Dixie Chicken then Happy Empanada there will be a new eatery. Goatcado will be setting up. The three store strip is currently home to Current Culture Fly a shop focused on fly-fishing.

From Richmond BizSense

The fast-casual eatery is planning to open an outpost in the strip center at 1205 Westover Hills Blvd., while keeping its existing West Main Street location in the Fan.

Its 3,800-square-foot Southside storefront will be next to Current Culture Fly, a fly fishing shop that opened earlier this year.

Goatocado owner Ian Newell said he’s taking over the remaining two suites in the center: one going to Goatocado and the other for a to-be-determined concept.

“Goatocado is still doing well. I think it’s a solid model, it’s a good offering for both locations – fast-casual, kind of health food,” Newell said, adding that the menu at the Southside location will be similar to that of the Fan location.

Goatcado has one other brick and mortar spot on West Main Street in the Fan. Goatcado started as a food cart (still in operation) and serves up veggie focused bowls and wraps. Most of which is grown on their own farm. You can check out the menu here.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to buy 6.2 acres from Lakeside Baptist Church

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will acquire 6.2 acres along the western edge of its Lakeside Avenue location through a purchase agreement with Lakeside Baptist Church that is being supported by Henrico County.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will acquire 6.2 acres along the western edge of its Lakeside Avenue location through a purchase agreement with Lakeside Baptist Church that is being supported by Henrico County.

The nonprofit community-oriented garden has agreed to buy the church’s property at 7401 Woodman Road for $1.9 million. The parcel borders the garden on its northern and eastern sides and includes a 1963 sanctuary and classroom buildings totaling 23,700 square feet. Henrico is supporting the sale by contributing $750,000 over three years, leaving the garden to raise the remaining $1.15 million from donors.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, at 1800 Lakeside Ave., currently encompasses 82 acres. The land from Lakeside Baptist Church will represent the largest expansion of the grounds since the garden’s opening in 1987.

In announcing the acquisition today outside the garden’s Conservatory, Lewis Ginter President and CEO Brian Trader said church leaders reached out in October 2021 to gauge interest in a potential sale. Under the agreement, ownership will transfer in July 2025.

“We’re honored Lakeside Baptist Church approached us with this opportunity and extremely grateful to Henrico County for making it possible,” Trader said. “The church and the garden have been wonderful neighbors over the past four decades, and this ensures the church’s legacy will continue. It also provides additional future opportunities as the garden seeks to serve the community in exciting and innovative ways.”

Henrico Supervisors Daniel J. Schmitt, of the Brookland District, and Frank J. Thornton, of the Fairfield District, lauded the agreement and welcomed the garden’s opportunity to grow.

“This agreement to add 6.2 acres to the garden in Lakeside is great news for all parties – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Lakeside Baptist Church and Henrico County,” said Schmitt, who also serves on the garden’s Board of Directors. “Henrico and its Board of Supervisors are pleased to support this effort as it will allow the garden to continue to serve our residents and community for generations to come.”

Thornton added, “Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an absolute treasure for Henrico County as well as our region and state. It promotes visitation and tourism, with more than 390,000 visitors, including students, last year. The garden also helps us to appreciate the beauty of our natural world and brings joy and peace to our lives. With this additional land, Lewis Ginter will be poised to grow and bloom for years to come.”

The Rev. Becky Gunter, pastor of Lakeside Baptist Church, called the announcement of the property transfer a historic moment for the church, the garden and the community. She thanked Lewis Ginter for being such good neighbors and said the church felt particularly blessed seeing the garden’s dome illuminated during its annual light show.

“We have taken great pride over the years telling people that this beautiful garden of colorful flowers backs up to our property. Unknowingly to Lewis Ginter, they have been a ‘directional’ beacon to the location of our church,” she said. “We come with mixed emotions but are excited to know that the property is going to continue to be used to bless many people in the years to come. As Mr. Rogers would say, ‘It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!’”

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