A message from Fire Station 14

Fire Station 14 is hosting an open house on October 22, 2016 from 12pm to 5pm. This event is open to the public. It is a chance to showcase 14’s fire station, fire trucks and also show the equipment that is used on a daily basis. There will also be a fire prevention trailer where citizens can learn firsthand information regarding fire safety. There will be a bouncy house and entertainment for the kids and food to eat as well. This is also a great way to celebrate fire prevention month and meet your neighborhood firefighters. In addition, there will be a car seat safety booth for those who wants their car seat inspected. So please join us!

 

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October Pine Camp News

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Pine Camp September News

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Northside Storm Cleanup: August 10th

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Northside Storm Cleanup

 

Pine Camp Art E-News: August

Check out this month’s news from Pine Camp:

Pine CampPine Camp News August 1

 

Web: http://www.richmondgov.com/parks
Facebook: Richmond VA Parks and Recreation
Twitter: @RVA_PRCF

Instagram: rvaparksandrec

 

District Meeting tonight (7/28/16)

A message from our City Council Liaison:

Good Afternoon Northside District 3 Residents and Friends

When they say, “Don’t mess with Mother Nature”, they mean it. On Monday the midday high was 106º. On yesterday evening there was a spectacular lightning storm with the results that we don’t like but we are quickly becoming accustomed to seeing.

Many parts of Richmond, including Northside District 3 again experienced downed trees and power outages. Thankfully it was not as widespread or as devastating as our June storm. While it was very dark along Brook Road corridor due to a downed tree, it was good to see the quick response from Richmond Police, DPU and Dominion Power.

Dominion reports, “Later today, every customer will have an individual estimated time of restoration available when they contact us through their mobile device at www.dom.com or by phone at 1-866-DOM-HELP (866-366-4357).”
I will ask you to remain patient while power to our area is being restored and street lights, traffic lights and home power is being restored. Be mindful of the heat, check on your neighbors, especially the elderly or those who are disabled. Be careful as you travel – if the traffic lights are out at an intersection, TREAT IT AS A FOUR WAY STOP SIGN.

Don’t forget our District Meeting tonight at the North Avenue Branch of the Richmond Public Library. 2901 North Avenue. 6PM.

Thanks and Stay COOL!!!

Lisa F. Townes, Liaison
Richmond City Council
Northside Third District
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, VA  23219
804.646.6055 office
804.646.5468 facsimile
lisa.townes@richmondgov.com

ECCCA Block Party!!!

RSVP for our upcoming Block Party, August 13th from 3-6pm, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 2500 Seminary Ave. There will be food, fun, raffles, and games for you and your family! This event is FREE with 2016-17 ECCCA membership renewal at the event or $3/ plate for non-members. (Per Bylaws, dues shall be $25 per household, or $15 per retiree not to exceed $25 per household.)

RSVP using the link below: https://goo.gl/forms/bjv05yWAgweA58ew1

RSVP for ECCCA’s upcoming Block Party

Mark your calendars for the ECCCA’s upcoming Block party on August 13th from 3-6pm at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Please visit: http://goo.gl/forms/yy1X6weHvlBO0jk82 to RSVP.

Next MPACT Meeting

Attached is the agenda for the 4th Precinct MPACT meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at Linwood Holton Elementary School, 1600 W. Laburnum Ave.

This month we invite you attend a MPACT conversation with special guest speakers, Earl Weaver, Code Enforcement Supervisor.  Join us at this meeting to hear from your neighbors, share your ideas, and identify solutions we can implement together to build a better Richmond!

Please note that this agenda may be revised. Refer to the City’s MPACT website for updates.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for doing your part to help build a better Richmond!

MPACT 4th Precinct Meeting Agenda July 2016

A message for our youth

You are cordially invited to Coleman and Colleagues Care

John Marshall High School Auditorium (4225 Old Brook Road) on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Coleman and Colleagues Care is a town meeting where students, parents and other community members will talk about (1) how safe they feel in their communities and (2) recent occurrences in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, St. Paul, Minnesota and Dallas, Texas.

The event will be moderated by Milondra Coleman, history teacher at John Marshall High School.

We look forward to seeing you there! Light refreshments will be provided.

Updates from Pine Camp Arts & Community Center

Please see attached flyer for upcoming events at Pine Camp Arts & Community Center

Pine Camp News July 1

Web: http://www.richmondgov.com/parks
Facebook: Richmond VA Parks and Recreation
Twitter: @RVA_PRCF

Instagram: rvaparksandrec

District 3 Councilman Chris Hilbert Campaign

Hello neighbors of Edgehill Chamberlayne Court Civic Association!

Disclaimer: ECCCA does not endorse any particular councilman/mayoral candidate.

 
District 3 Councilman Chris Hilbert will be running for City Council again this year and has asked for your attention.  He is hoping to meet with you to discuss his re-election effort and to hear your questions/concerns.  He welcomes a “coffee with Chris” event for a small group so that he may discuss his platform in person– if you are interested in hosting such an event, please reach out to him!  Also, if you’d like to participate in door-to-door campaigning, he would like to hear from you!  His e-mail is Chris.Hilbert@Richmondgov.com.
 
For now, if you are in support of Mr. Hilbert’s re-election and would like to display a campaign sign in your yard, please e-mail edgehillcivic@gmail.com  with your name & physical address.  Once the signs come in, they will be delivered to you!  
 
Thank you!

Northside District 3 Meeting: Today

 

Northside’s District 3 Meeting is TODAY, Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 6PM to 8PM at the 4th Police Precinct, 2219 Chamberlayne Avenue.

The primary focus will be on the storm recovery efforts to include continuing cleanup efforts, reports from Police and Fire, and continuing concerns of the neighborhoods impacted most severely by the storm.

If you have continued storm related issues, please attend this meeting so the concerns can be catalogued for a follow up response from DPU, DPW, Fire and Police, other areas of City Administration as well as Dominion and other service providers.

Hope to see you there.

City Update and Information on Facilities & Services Impacted by Severe Thunderstorms

A message from the City of Richmond: 

Richmond, VA – City storm clean-up and recovery efforts continued today as power outages in the city were down to 970 customers. Street light repairs are about 90% complete. Most City services have resumed normal schedules, with the exception of a few parks and facility closures that remain impacted by storm damage.

  • City facilities: Battery Park Recreation Center and Pool is closed due to power outage. Pine Camp Arts and Community Center phone lines are down. Residents with questions concerning City recreation centers can call (804)-646-5733.
  • City parks: Bryan Park and Byrd Park are both closed until further notice, due to dangerous downed wires and downed trees in both parks. The Richmond Vegetarian Festival scheduled forJune 25 in Bryan Park has been rescheduled to July 9.
  • Road closures: The City is aware of only four road closures at this time. One of these road closures occurred today as additional trees have fallen. Please drive carefully and obey any detours and directional signage you may see.
  • Traffic signals: There are some inoperable traffic signals remaining in the City. If a traffic signal is out, drivers should stagger movement through the intersection and treat it as a four-way stop. State Code requires everyone to STOP when approaching a signal or intersection that is inoperable. Please obey the law.
  • East Richmond Road landfill:  The East Richmond Road landfill is open and operating on its regular schedule from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to bring storm related debris to that location.
  • Curbside removal of tree debris: Residents can place yard debris, such as limbs and brush, near their property line at the curb or near the alley for collection. If at all possible, large limbs and trees should be cut into manageable sizes to make the removal process easier and quicker. Yard debris should not be placed in the street, alley or on the sidewalk.

The City thanks the public for its patience as the clean-up continues.  For up-to-date information and additional instructions from the City of Richmond in response to this weather event, please visitwww.Richmondgov.com, follow the City on Twitter @CityRichmondVA, and stay tuned to local radio and television stations.

City Severe Thunderstorms Clean-up Update for June 20

Celebrate Solar Event: 6/18

You are invited to join your neighbors in an event celebrating solar power! It is sponsored by the local nonprofit effort, SolarizeRVA (a program of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance) and Integrated Power Sources of Virginia.
Come with your solar power, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle questions.
If you already have a solar array on your home, come share your story with those considering solar.  Solar panel and battery demos on site; information tables and industry experts on hand; activities for children and adults.
Event details:
Saturday, June 18th
12:00PM – 3:00PM
Integrated Power Sources of VA
6119 Staples Mill Road
Richmond, VA 23228
Attached is the invitation and here is the Facebook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1738209183094635/
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A message from Dr. Milondra Coleman

Join me for my first “Meet and Greet”. I have secured more than enough signatures and am now officially running for the 3rd district City Council seat in Richmond, VA! Please RSVP and spread the word!

The event is Friday, June 17th from 5 pm to 8 pm @ North Central Park (3301 Fendall Avenue).

Bring a lawn chair and stay a while or just drop by to say “hi”. Either way, we’ll be excited to see you there!

Contributions can be made electronically via www.PayPal.Me/colemanforcouncil.

Next MPACT Meeting: Thursday 6/16

Good morning  4th Precinct MPACT Community:

Attached is the agenda for the 4th Precinct MPACT meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at Linwood Holton Elementary School, 1600 W. Laburnum Ave.

MPACT 4th Precinct Meeting Agenda June 2016

This month we invite you attend a MPACT conversation with special guest speakers, Earl Weaver, Code Enforcement Supervisor, and Chuck Davidson our Zoning Administrator who will discuss proper types of codeenforcement violations and the role of Zoning and what is a Zoning Violation.  Join us at this meeting to hear from your neighbors, share your ideas, and identify solutions we can implement together to build a better Richmond!

Please note that this agenda may be revised. Refer to the City’s MPACT website for updates.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for doing your part to help build a better Richmond!

Zane Robinson

Program Manager

Chief Administrative Office

(804)646-0275

Zane.Robinson@Richmondgov.com

A message from our President

Happy Memorial Day weekend!  I hope you enjoyed our last meeting– we had a great turnout and it was inspiring to hear from so many of you who are willing to pitch in and make our community even better!  I am forwarding some information we discussed during the meeting…
 
1.  Please plan to attend the Candidate Forum for our upcoming mayoral election this fall.

{Richmond Community High School and Brookland Park Area Association will host a Candidate Forum [on June 7, 2016] from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, in the Richmond Community High School auditorium.As the City prepares for November elections, this is an opportunity to hear directly from Mayoral candidates, and 3rd and 6th District School Board and City Council candidates on their plans for Northside and the community, at large.The forum is being conducted to allow the specific concerns of the 3rd and 6th district constituency to be addressed, including crime, education, rezoning and new construction, among other things. With such a large voting bloc, Northside residents are asking to be heard by all applicable candidates.Doors open at 5:30 pm to welcome the Northside RVA community and Richmond residents, at large.}

 

2.  Check out the art scene at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center:

Pine Camp Art News May2016

3.  The Block Party is scheduled for August 13.  Those of you who have volunteered, I will be sending out an invitation in a few weeks for a planning meeting.  If you’d like to help in anyway, please reach out to me!

4.  Moving forward, please reach out to our new President, Mr. Harris Wheeler, with any concerns, ideas, or news!  He can be reached by phone (best option) at 321-1909 or via e-mail at harrisrwheeler@gmail.com.
Once again, it was my pleasure to lead our group as your President over the last 2 years– I’m looking forward to staying on the Executive Board as the Corresponding Secretary.
Be safe this weekend, and always,
Danene Brown

President

Edgehill Chamberlayne Court Civic Association

Next Meeting: Tuesday 5/24/16

 

The final ECCCA meeting of the year is next Tuesday 5/24/16, 6pm, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 2500 Seminary Ave.  
 
We will be celebrating our current and future Executive Boards.  Also, Mr. Samuel Robinson from Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond will speak to us about their mission and volunteer opportunities.  
 
Please offer your time/expertise to our Program Committee as they continue to plan for our Block Party this August.  Also, our Membership Committee is always looking out for new neighbors and those in need so that they may assist.  A little help goes a long way!  
 
Our little civic association has grown so much, both in size and membership, in the last 2 years. It has been my honor to lead our group– and I couldn’t have done it without our fabulous Executive Board, Committee Chairs, and Members!  
 
Light and cheer to you all!  See you next week!!!  

4th Precinct MPACT Meeting

Please see below message from the 4th Precinct MPACT Community:

The next 4th Precinct MPACT meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at Linwood Holton Elementary School, 1600 W. Laburnum Ave.

This month we invite you attend a MPACT conversation with special guest speaker, Kenny Horak, Sr. Capital Projects Manager, who will discuss paving projects taking place in 4th Precinct as well as upcoming street cleaning road closures.  Code Enforcement will also be in attendance to discuss any concerns residents may have.  Join us at this meeting to hear from your neighbors, share your ideas, and identify solutions we can implement together to build a better Richmond!

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Yard sale: Saturday May 14th

Yard sale flyer 2016

Anthem LemonAid in our neighborhood

Registration for Anthem LemonAid 2016 is now open! This year LemonAid weekend will be held July 15-17. Visit AnthemLemonAid.com to register your stand (hopefully we’ll have some stands in our neighborhood), meet our 2016 LemonAid patient spokesperson, Caroline, and learn more about the special place within the hospital where funds are going this year.Together we can stir up a cure for kids fighting cancer at Children Hospital of Richmond at VCU!

Amy Dickstein, Programs Director

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals @ Children’s Hospital Foundation

Direct: 804.228.5934

2924 Brook Road Richmond, VA 23220

Summer Art Classes

Interested in art related summer classes or events? Visit the Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, or check out a list of upcoming activities below.

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For more information please visit any of the following social media:

Web: http://www.richmondgov.com/parks
Facebook: Richmond VA Parks and Recreation
Twitter: @RVA_PRCF

Instagram: rvaparksandrec

 

A message from Richmond Police Department

Greetings Community Partners,

On behalf of Chief Alfred Durham and Captain William Blackwell, we would like to cordially invite you to participate in a Fourth Precinct “Town Hall” meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 10th from 6-8 pm at the Richmond Police Department training academy (1202 W. Graham Rd). Please plan to join us to discuss concerns, issues and suggestions for policing within Fourth Precinct neighborhoods! In closing, we look forward to seeing you there and thanks in advance for your continued support!

Richmond Police Department

Lieutenant K.T. Manns-Sector 412

Office#: 804-646-4090

4th Precinct#: 804-646-4105

News from the 4th Precinct Police

Please see the attached newsletter from Sector 412.

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Upcoming Yard Sales!

We have TWO yard sales coming up that may interest your families.  Whether you’d like to sell or shop, the links below have the info you need.

1.  Mr. Cordell Watkins wanted to pass along this information regarding the Holton Community Yard Sale on 4/23/16.

4th Precinct MPACT meeting

Attached is the agenda for  4th Precinct MPACT meeting  scheduled for Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the library of Linwood Holton Elementary School (1600 West Laburnum Avenue).

This month the MPACT conversation will be with special guest speakers, Jay Brown, Director of the Office of Budget and Strategic Planning, who will discuss Mayor Dwight C. Jones proposed Biennial Fiscal Plan 2017.  Greg Lukanuski, Assistant City Attorney, will discuss the Tax Sale process.

4th Precinct MPACT Meeting Agenda April 21, 2016

4th Precinct MPACT Meeting Minutes March 17 2016

A Message from the VTCC

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We’re excited to be celebrating the Topping Out for the new Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) on Wednesday April 13 at 8 am at the new facility on Sherwood Avenue, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU Brook Road Campus.  We sincerely hope you can join us for this exciting milestone!!

 Best regards, VTCC

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Local woman determined to spread awareness for Sickle Cell Anemia

Check out this post about one of our neighbors doing amazing things:

Florence Cooper Smith said she was just a child when picked up a medical journal and first read the three words ‘Sickle Cell Anemia.’ Read More

(http://wric.com/2016/04/04/local-woman-determined-to-spread-awareness-of-sickle-cell-anemia/)

CERT Training

Sign up to become a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer. Training begins April 9.

Congratulations Mrs. Jordan!

Our ECCCA Parliamentarian and neighbor, Mrs. Gladys Jordan, is being honored with the Monroe Medal from the University of Mary Washington.  This prestigious award honors an alumnus who has shown “extraordinary career achievement used to benefit humanity and society” and “extraordinary​​​​​​​​​​ leadership that serves as a model for others.”  Please note that Mrs. Jordan has cordially invited us to attend the Awards Ceremony at UMW on 3/14/16, but especially the local celebration on 3/20/16, 2-4pm, at the Hunton Community Center 11690 Old Washington Hwy, Glen Allen.  Please RSVP by 3/16 to her daughter, Patricia Jordan, at 804-329-6395 or pjtime2@yahoo.com.  See attached flyers for details.

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Gladys Jordan InviteUMW Final Draft

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Passing of Ms. Evelyn Baker

Our neighbor, Ms. Evelyn Baker passed last week.  Valerie Parker shared that Ms. Baker taught at VUU and was also a beloved landlord whose former tenants would often visit her.  Most recently, she shared a home with her former colleague, Dr. Iris King.  From the Times Dispatch, “BAKER, Evelyn C., of Richmond, died March 10, 2016. Remains rest at Scott’s Funeral Home, 115 E. Brookland Park Blvd. Funeral notice later.”

Next MPACT Meeting: Thursday March 17th

The next 4th Precinct MPACT meeting  scheduled for Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the library of Linwood Holton Elementary School (1600 West Laburnum Avenue).

This month we invite you to attend a MPACT conversation with special guest speakers, Sector 412 Lieutenant Keyshawn Manns and 4th Precinct Personnel.  Officer Paul Lewis, Richmond Police Department, will discuss the Neighborhood Watch Program. Sarah Henrikson, with the Department of Public Utilities will discuss the Wastewater Division, Pretreatment Department. Join us at this meeting to hear from your neighbors, share your ideas, and identify solutions we can implement together to build a better Richmond!

Please note that this agenda may be revised. Refer to the City’s MPACT website for updates. You will find the attached meeting minutes from our last meeting on February 18, 2016.Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for doing your part to help build a better Richmond!

Attached are the minutes from our last meeting as well as the agenda for Thursday’s meeting. 4th PRECINCT MPACT Meeting March 17, 20164th Precinct MPACT Meeting Minutes February 18, 2016

Neighborhood Cleanup: 3/19/16

Spring cleaning is in the air!!!

Join us for our next Neighborhood Cleanup on March 19th from 7-10AM. We will be meeting behind Resurrection Lutheran Church (2500 Seminary Ave.) and starting our adventure there. Volunteers are still needed; if interested, please contact Harris Wheeler at 804-475-4561 or harrisrwheeler@gmail.com. Please note, this is a fantastic way for our kids to gain civic duty experience!!!  Light lunch provided for volunteers.

You can also participate by placing unwanted items including yard brush, bulky items, and junk in your alley (or curb if you don’t have an alley) for pick up.

Make sure to check out our event on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/619694944851753/

 

Next ECCCA Meeting: 3/22/16

Join us for our next Edgehill-Chamberlayne Court Civic Association on Tuesday, March 22nd, at Resurrection Lutheran Church (2500 Seminary Ave) from 6-7pm. It’s time to bring out the vote; your 2016-17 Executive Board will be elected. Remember, only active members can vote– a good reason to join ECCCA if you haven’t done so already. Nominations are still being received for Corresponding Secretary– contact Stephanie Regrut at 804-615-0724 or Stephanie.regrut@gmail.com. Lt. Manns will also be present to give the crime report. Hope to see you there!

A message from our neighbor

“Hello, I am sharing with you the presentation of the documentary about “My Amazing Journey” as it relates to my love and passion for Sickle Cell Disease. This film was produced by Darrick Perry, the son of Felicia Perry. It is 13 minutes in length.It was shown at the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville in November, 2014. Please click on the web site below that is from Darrick Perry for information. Hope that you can attend. Thanks for all the support that you have given me through the years”
Florence
For details on this event, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/richmond-international-film-festival-saturday-1150am-bow-tie-criterion-tickets-21015992399?ref=ebtnebtckt

Crime Update

Members & neighbors of Edgehill Chamberlayne Court Civic Association,

Below are 3 news reports which describe major crimes in/around our neighborhood.  Please be vigilant for you, your family, and all of our neighbors.  This is a good time to be more aware of your surroundings, lock your property, check in on neighbors, and turn more outdoor lights on to keep our sidewalks/driveways lighted to deter criminal activity.

1.  A double homicide took place this past Saturday morning at the Buttonwood Apartments on the 2900 block of Chamberlayne Ave.  The suspect is at large and is considered armed and dangerous.  Please do not approach the suspect but call the police.

http://wtvr.com/2016/02/22/police-identify-suspect-in-chamberlayne-ave-double-homicide/

2.  A 3rd and likely unrelated murder happened this morning at the Flats at Ginter Park Apartments at 3006 Chamberlayne Ave.  There are strong leads in the case, but no suspect named.

http://wtvr.com/2016/02/22/the-flats-at-ginter-park-shooting/

 

3.  A home invasion with rape occurred earlier this month in Jackson Ward and is being reported today.  Suspects have not been named.

http://wtvr.com/2016/02/22/pregnant-rape-victim/

Richmond Police Department is acting on leads in these cases, but if you see anything suspicious–CALL THEM!

Important numbers:
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency:  804-646-5100
Crime Stoppers: 804-780-1000

Please stay safe! 

Thank you,
Danene Brown
ECCCA President

Richmond Food Outreach Ministry: This Saturday!

A message from Resurrection Lutheran Church (2500 Seminary Ave) regarding Richmond Food Outreach Ministry Feb 20  at 11-1pm

“Feb 20 and every third saturday of every month we are happy to provide hot meals to the Edgehill Chamberlayne Ct community.  Our Outreach has been going on for more than 60 years.  Volunteers, the Homeless, or if your just hungry please join us for a home cooked wholesome hot meal.

We would also like to thank those who continue to drop food and clothes at our door. We thank you and we will continue to support all outreach efforts for the Edgehill Chamberlayne Ct community.”

GRTC Pulse February Update

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Monday, February 8, 2016 was a pivotal moment in Richmond transit history.  Richmond City Council voted to authorize the City’s Chief Administrative Officer to sign the first legal agreement between the Project Partners (City of Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation and GRTC). This document allows the Project to advance to the construction phase. You can view the City Ordinance and the Project Development Agreement on the City’s Legistar site HERE.

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City Council listens to City CAO Selena Cuffee-Glenn and Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne on February 8, 2016.


So what’s next? 

The Project Partners will all sign the Development Agreement that carries the Partners through construction. Also, VDOT’s procurement process for a Design-Build (DB) team is ongoing. After the Semi-Final Design Phase wrapped up in September 2015 and received unanimous final votes of approval in November 2015 from both the Urban Design Committee and the Planning Commission, VDOT was able to incorporate those approved design plans into the procurement documents.

Wait, what’s this procurement process like? 

In the free marketplace, project designers and builders come together to form teams and prove to VDOT that they are qualified to make the Pulse a reality. That phase was the “Request for Qualifications,” and three teams were deemed qualified to progress into the “Request for Proposals” phase, which is happening now. These teams will compete with each other until one successful proposing team is selected to take the design specifications already vetted through the public and partner review process, adhere to those, and construct the Project on time and within budget. We expect to know who the successful DB team is in March 2016. Early construction activities are anticipated to start April 2016. Typically, construction is started on the portion of the project that has been designed to 100%. Simultaneously, the DB team will complete any remaining design items according to the specs. This is where DB teams use their creativity and innovation to meet the construction timeline and budget.

How can I learn more about the Pulse and stay informed once construction begins?

Once the DB team is selected, they will be in attendance at many meetings and also proactively engage the public on the construction timeline and what to expect. The GRTC Pulse Team continues to meet with organizations, businesses, neighborhood associations and community centers in the Greater Richmond Area.  If you would like to meet with the team or invite us to your meeting, please email your request tobrt@ridegrtc.com, including the requested date, time, duration, location, and any other specific request.  The team will provide informational folders, update the status of the project, answer questions and receive feedback.

Will I still be able to get to that restaurant I love Downtown?
YES! The Design-Builder will work closely with businesses to both preserve and encourage access to businesses.  This will include relevant signage guiding customers (both pedestrian and in vehicles) to businesses. We encourage you to support the businesses along the Pulse!

THANK YOU

Finally, we want to thank everyone who has participated in this Project so far. Your voices have made the Pulse better. We look forward to continued engagement. Onward, together.

Reminder: 4th Precinct MPACT Meeting

Attached is the agenda for the 4th Precinct MPACT meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the library of Linwood Holton Elementary School (1600 West Laburnum Avenue).

MPACT 4th Precinct Agenda February 18 2016

This month’s special guest speakers include, Thad Williamson and Christina Mastroianni, with the Office of Community Wealth Building, as they discuss initiatives to address poverty, education, housing, and workforce development. Gay Stokes, with the Department of Public Utilities will discuss water quality. Todd Hopkins, with the Department of Public Utilities will discuss green alleys. Earl Weaver, 4th Precinct Code Enforcement Supervisor, will provide updates and answer questions as it relates to Code Enforcement.

Please note that this agenda may be revised. Refer to the Citys MPACT website for updates. 

Reminder: ECCCA Meeting Tomorrow!

This is a reminder that our next ECCCA meeting (cancelled from January because of the weather) has been rescheduled for tomorrow: Tuesday, February 9, 6pm at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Tell your neighbors and we’ll see you there!

Richmond City Health District: Northside Survey

The Richmond City Health District would like your help in setting up a collaborative Northside Health and Wellness Initiative by participation in a survey.

  1. Why: This survey will help the Northside HWI identify the main health issues affecting Northside residents;the main barriers preventing residents from accessing health-related resources; and residents’ desires for health/wellness services and programming in their neighborhood. We will use the results to determine priority focus areas for the initiative and structure its strategic plan for the coming year.
  2. What: This is a one-page (front and back) survey that should take about 15 minutes to complete. It is anonymous. Attached is a PDF so you can print them here: NS survey revised 1-29 AND/OR you can use the electronic version on survey monkey, found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TF2C9FS
  3. Deadlines: Please complete the attached surveys before March 1st.

Please also note that we are looking for a few interested residents to participate in a photovoicesurvey process, in which participants will take a few pictures around their neighborhood of things that promote health or prevent it in their daily lives, in their opinion, and share those with our steering committee.

Please contact Sally Lacy, a Public Health Associate and Chronic Disease Prevention expert with the Richmond City Health District by calling ((w): 804-482-8012; (c): 630-207-6710) or emailing (Sara.Lacy@vdh.virginia.gov) for comments, questions or concerns.

 

 

Boulevard Site Development Preliminary Market Analysis Online Survey Now Available

The City is requesting public input on an online survey to help determine possibilities for developing and best utilization of the City’s land in the Boulevard area. The community input online survey for the Preliminary Market Analysis of the Boulevard is accessible on, www.surveymonkey.com/r/boulevard2016survey. The online survey will remain open through Feb. 15.

Several public input sessions have been scheduled to also gather community input on development of the Boulevard area. The following Boulevard public meetings are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 4:
·         9 a.m. – Richmond Main Library, 101 E. Franklin Street
·         6 p.m. – Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, 1000 Mosby Street
The Boulevard public meetings that were originally scheduled for Jan. 26 will now be held onThursday, Feb. 11 as follows:
·         Noon – Huguenot High School Community Center, 7945 Forest Hill Avenue
·         6 p.m. – Thomas Jefferson High School, 4100 W. Grace Street
Residents are also invited to share any comments they have about the potential redevelopment of the Boulevard by emailing Blvd.Comments@RichmondGov.com.

Recycling Perks… Sign up today!

Recycling Perks is excited to be working with the City of Richmond to raise awareness about the benefits of recycling, to save the City revenue, and increase customer traffic for local businesses.

Did you know that residents of the City of Richmond can save up to $25 a month just for recycling? If you recycle using the large cart with a blue lid you are eligible for the free Recycling Perks program. Recycling Perks rewards households in the community that recycle curbside. Your household earns points in an online account each time your cart is placed at the curb on recycling day. The points can be redeemed for exclusive specials and deals to local businesses. You can start saving today by registering at, http://recyclingperks.com/purl/SFREEMAN

Are you a local business? You can participate too! Simply offer a reward that we will advertise on our website, and enjoy being part of a program that supports your community and your business. There is no cost to participate. We invite you to become a Reward Partner and we will work with you to design a reward that will benefit your customer and your business. Your reward will be equally distributed throughout the local community as a reward for recycling. Our recycling residents will support your business as a result of your participation in Recycling Perks. Please contact your Local Market Manager, Shannon Freeman at sfreeman@recyclingperks.com for more information.

 

Next ECCCA Meeting Rescheduled!

Neighbors,

Our last ECCCA meeting (cancelled because of the weather) has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 9, 6pm at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Please pass the word along and I hope to see you all there!

4th Precinct MPACT Meeting Rescheduled

Due to the inclement weather, the 4th Precinct MPACT meeting scheduled for January 21, 2016  has been rescheduled to February 18, 2016 at 6pm. The meeting will be held in the library of Linwood Holton Elementary School (1600 West Laburnum Avenue).

We invite you to attend a MPACT conversation with special guest speaker, Thad Williamson and Christina Mastroianni, with the Office of Community Wealth Building, as they discuss initiatives to address poverty, education, housing, and workforce development. Personnel from Code Enforcement and Public Utilities will be in attendance to update residents and take questions.

Please note that this agenda may be revised. Refer to the City’s MPACT website for updates: http://www.richmondgov.com/mpact/

City of Richmond Boulevard Area Meeting: Cancelled

The public engagement sessions (originally scheduled for this afternoon) to explore possibilities for developing and using the City’s land in the Boulevard area, has been cancelled and rescheduled for:

  • February 4, 9 a.m. – Downtown Library, 101 E. Franklin St.
  • February 4, 6 p.m. – Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, 1000 Mosby St.

For several years, the City has been systematically moving public facilities away from the site in order to prepare it for development. The next step is to acquire public input on how the site should be best used for the taxpayers of Richmond. Residents are also invited to share any comments they have about the potential redevelopment of the Boulevard by emailing Blvd.Comments@RichmondGov.com.

For additional details visit the City of Richmond blog: http://richmondvaannouncements.blogspot.com/2016/01/dates-for-boulevard-area-public.html

Or the attached document CANCELLED Jan 26 – City Holding Public Engagement Sessions on Development of Boulevard Area

1/26 ECCCA Meeting Cancelled

Due to the slick road conditions and impassable sidewalks, the 1/26 ECCCA meeting has been cancelled.  Resurrection Lutheran Church has not been able to dig out from under the snow and it will be unlikely that conditions will be safe in the evening hours when it is more likely to re-freeze.  However, their Sexton assures me that another upcoming Tuesday in the next 3 weeks will be available to us for rescheduling.  Be on the look out for another e-mail with the make-up date. For additional information please reference the recent email our President, Danene, Sent out. Stay warm and safe!

Next ECCCA Meeting: Jan 26th

Our next ECCCA meeting is scheduled for this coming Tuesday, January 26, 6pm at the Resurrection Lutheran Church (2500 Seminary Ave).  At our meeting we will be hearing from as Sector 412 officer for the local crime report.  The  Nominating committee will have a slate of officers to present for 2016-17.  Our Program & Membership Committees will have a budget to pass and will discuss a spring neighborhood cleanup.  And finally, our Safety Chairperson will discuss home fire prevention and has forwarded the following notice (Smoke Alarm Alert). Looking forward to seeing you all there Tuesday and please take the time to tell your neighbors about ECCA and invite them to our meeting, especially those new to the neighborhood.

Keep your home safe this winter

 

The CDC recently wrote about ways to help keep your home safe in this winter weather. Their suggestions included:

  • Winterize your home.
    • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
    • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
    • Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
  • Check your heating systems.
    • Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly, and ventilated to the outside.
    • Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
    • Install a smoke detector. Test batteries monthly.
    • Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.
    • Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies.
      • Install a CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check batteries when you change your clocks in the fall and spring.
      • Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.

Recently in Chesterfield there was a multiple fatality fire; this is a very unfortunate incident and our hearts go out to the family and emergency responders that worked on scene, however there is much we can take from it. Attached is some information about the importance of working smoke alarms and home escape planning.

For additional information, please visit the CDC’s website at: http://www.cdc.gov/features/winterweather/

Smoke Alarm Alert

Stay safe neighbors.