Eric S. Leabough previously served as the Varina District representative on the Henrico Planning Commission. He also worked as a housing specialist and housing services manager for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and as the assistant vice president of redevelopment and interim vice president of real estate and community development for the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
“Black business, Black culture, and Black creative expression continue to flourish in this region, making it more vibrant than ever before,” says advisory board chair Enjoli Moon. “The Black experience in Richmond is rooted, yet rising—this is a place where we connect with our past, celebrate the present, and look toward a bright future.”
The plan will see the transformation of the Navy Hill neighborhood and include an arena, hotel, retail and office, and more. Though committing to a public approval process, Mayor Stoney responded to one reporter’s question about a petition signed by 15,000 city voters to add a ballot referendum on the project saying, “The project’s moving forward either way. I don’t have time to worry about political stunts.”