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From January 2007 by Lane Pearson
Jack (“the grey and white cat that monitors the 2700 block of E. Broad St.”) went missing just over 3 months ago. Yesterday he came home.
From his family:
After three and a half months of having gone rogue, Jack the cat finally surfaced at 25th and E. Grace! He had allegedly holed up in a vacant house, but the real story will always be a secret between Jack and the streets…
I’ve learned two things from this experience: First, there are a LOT of gray and white cats in Church Hill. A lot.
Second, I never want to move – this the most compassionate group of neighbors anyone could ask for. Thank you all so much for your calls, texts, posts, and friendly waves just to let me know you were still looking out for our buddy cat. I’m so grateful!
The agenda for the Tuesday, October 28, 2014 meeting of the Commission of Architectural Review includes a number of local projects, including an unusually high number of new buildings and more mixed-use projects than I ever recall seeing:
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Do you live in the City of Richmond? Are you interested in planting trees in your yard and becoming a River Hero Home? If you answered yes to both of these questions JRA wants to give you free trees! This program is open to both new and already certified River Hero Homes.
You can receive up to $200 reimbursement per home (not per tree). Reimbursements are available on a first come-first served basis, based on the date of application, and will be available until funding has run out. Delivery fees can be included in the reimbursement request, but the total reimbursement amount will not exceed $200.
The agenda for the October 20 meeting of the City Planning Commission has an item of specific local interest:
10. ORD.2014-203 To declare surplus and to direct the sale of City-owned real estate located at 313 North 24th Street and 2407 East Marshall Street for $250,000 to Sterling Bilder, LLC, for the purpose of the construction of a mixed-use development including commercial, residential and civic space.
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The property adjoins Patrick Henry Memorial Park and is in close proximity to Saint John’s Episcopal Church. The subject property consists of two parcels: 13-315 North 24th Street which includes an existing brick building estimated at 7,320 square feet on 0.168 acres and 2407 East Marshall which includes a parking lot and contains 0.322 acres with both parcels totaling 0.49 acres.
Sterling Bilder, LLC, the purchaser, has offered $250,000 for the property. The offer is more than the $170,000 appraised fair market value of the property based on an appraisal completed in 2012 by the Purchaser. The two parcels including existing improvements were assessed by the City at $188,000 in 2014; however, in 2015 the assessment increased and the properties are currently assessed at $595,000.
A viable offer has been made to acquire and develop this property. By selling this property the City will stimulate private investment, job creation and economic development in the area. In addition, this property was removed from the Public/Open Space land use designation in the City’s Master Plan in 2010 and included in the Neighborhood Commercial designation, which suggests the proposed type of development is appropriate.
The Purchaser proposes to develop two floors of row-house style multi-family residences and ground floor commercial space at 2407 East Marshall Street with surface parking at the rear of the buildings. Also as part of the development, the existing Nolde building at 313 -315 N 24th Street would be renovated and receive an addition to incorporate 2 ground floor commercial units fronting 24th Street, a multi-purpose flex/ community room facing Patrick Henry Memorial Park and two floors of residential units at the east end of the building. The multipurpose room may be reserved for private or public events/meetings throughout the year.
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HandsOn Day is this Saturday, and a neighborhood project still has room for more volunteers.
Community in Schools will be hosting a Harvest Festival at the new MLK Middle School “to welcome students, families and community members into the newly built school.” REGISTER HERE to sign up for this or other HandsOn Day projects.
HandsOn Day is a targeted day of volunteer work, where thousands of individuals across the Richmond region give their time to make our community a better place.
Esquire continues the neighborhood love: the magazine has just named Virginia the “Food Region of 2014″ and spotlights local favorite Sub Rosa as one of 7 restaurants, cideries, vinyards, and farms earning us the reputation:
Look at Virginia on a map. How is it not an established food paradise? The oldest region in the country. One of the biggest. Loaded with wealth and power, enclosing the nation’s capital. Vast mountain silences and endless meadows pierced by broad and powerful rivers, all emptying into the biggest, most complex bay system in the country. And yet, the occasional ham excepted, it has never gotten its proper due. It’s time. The Old Dominion has seemingly overnight exploded into one of the country’s greatest gastro regions.
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A trio of experienced food-business veterans teamed up for this venture: Brittany Anderson, most recently found cooking for the Roosevelt, Brad Hemp, co-founder of SausageCraft, and longtime butcher Nathan Conway, who created Relay Food’s meat section and worked at the venerable Yellow Umbrella.
Together, they bring their considerable experience to bear for Metzger, choosing the German theme to match the neighborhood’s history. They intend to bring both restaurant and retail to this underserved neighborhood, offering a curated selection of meat, cheese and wine during the day, and a well-prepared, well-executed menu for dinner and weekend brunch.
From the Richmond Police Department:
Today we remember Richmond Police Officer Thomas Francis “Mongo” McMahon.
Officer McMahon made the ultimate sacrifice on Oct. 14, 1998.
Officer McMahon was shot and killed after a vehicle was chased into Richmond from an adjoining jurisdiction. An officer from the Henrico County Police Department attempted to stop the suspect on I-95 after reports that he was driving erratically. The suspect then led the officer on a slow speed chase through a shopping center and fired several shots at the officer.
Richmond Police joined the chase and were able to stop the truck. The suspect then opened fire from inside his truck, striking Officer McMahon in the upper body, abdomen, and arm. Although he was wearing a Kevlar vest, the fatal shot struck him in the femoral artery, causing him to bleed to death. Officer McMahon had not yet exited his vehicle before being shot.
The suspect then held other officers at bay for several hours before opening fire on them again. Officers returned fire, fatally wounding the suspect.
Officer McMahon had been with the department for 20 years. He was survived by his fiancée
The next election scheduled for the City of Richmond will be a general and special election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The polls will be open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
The deadline to register to vote in this election is TODAY, Tuesday, October 14, 2014. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot through the mail is October 28, 2014. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in person (with limited exceptions) is Saturday, November 1, 2014.
Photo ID is now required to vote at your polling place or in person absentee voting. Acceptable forms of photo ID include: valid Virginia Driver’s license; DMV issued photo ID; valid United States passport; valid employee photo ID; other government issued photo ID; and, valid Virginia college or university student photo ID.
The ballot in this area will have:
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Former governor Warner is the senior Virginia senator, having held the office since 2009.
Gillespie served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2003 to 2005 and as the Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia from 2006 to 2007. Gillespie also acted as Counselor to the President under George W. Bush.
Sarvis is an attorney, businessman, politician and software developer. In 2011, he ran for the Virginia Senate as a Republican, losing to Democrat Dick Saslaw; after the election, Sarvis switched to the Libertarian Party. He was the Libertarian Party of Virginia’s nominee for Governor of Virginia in the 2013 election, finishing third behind Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli.
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In what should be the last election before redistricting, Robert “Bobby” Scott (D) is running unopposed. Congressman Bobby Scott has held the seat since 1992. This will be the 6th time that Scott has run unopposed; none of his 5 challengers have managed more than 31% of the vote.
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According to Richmond Sunlight: Of the 39 occupied seats (counting Marsh), only 5 of the Senators are black. Of the 39, only 5 are women. Of the 39, only 2 are black women. Of the 39, 29 are white men.
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Edward Jewett and Emmett Jafari are the 2 candidates in this special election to fill the position of Clerk of the Court.
Edward Jewett has worked in the Clerk’s office for 30 years and won the 3-way Democratic primary in June with 66% of the vote
Jafari has previously unsuccessfully run for the 8th district school board seat in 2000, sheriff in 2001, mayor in 2004, sheriff in 2005, and clerk of the court in 2011.
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Thus, a “yes” vote on the proposed amendment will make effective legislation exempting from real property taxation the principal residence of the surviving spouse of any member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action. A “no” vote will leave the present Constitution unchanged.
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Saturday at the warehouse see what goods we have in the trunk: new vintage @sharpmanrva finds from the Hills of Virginia, new @oddcoupleshop treasures from ole virginy, @eravintage mid-century scores and uncle Eric’s Bric-a-Brakman.
Joining us in the parking lot will be DC’s heralded @mutinydc and East by way of west coasts leading American goods purveyor @roaringpines.
Saturday October 18 11-5 202 N 21st st
The stalwart crew of the New Visions Civic League came out in the mist on Saturday for a targeted clean-up along R Street. A pick-up truck load of bottles, cans, plastic bags, and random crap was collected.
Thanks to Clean City Commission for the supplies and Rick Tatnall for the extra muscle.
Chrissy Crawford’s Runway Couture offers a variety of men and women’s fashion by an array of designer and independent brands, including tailor-made bowties from Richmond’s Albert Miller Collection, t-shirts from RVA local Intrepid Genius, jewelry by Baltimore’s New Vintage by Sam, and accessories from The Bureau
Graham Moomaw has word that California’s Stone Brewing is coming to Fulton, with an announcement due for tomorrow.
Close to 40 people turned out on Monday evening at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club to see Mark Baker, a consultant for property owner Frank Wood, present a proposal to rezone parts of Glenwood Avenue and North 35th Street.
Wood is asking Planning for a conditional rezoning of the parcel from R-5 to R-8, to allow for a higher density development. The parcel is 2.4 acres, north of Glenwood Avenue. The proposal map (below) shown shows 30 units and a reconnected 36th Street.
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This is not a project yet per se, but is an attempt by Wood to lay the groundwork for a potential project. Baker said a few times that the idea is to get the zoning in place to be able to market the land to a developer. As such, Baker had a map showing the potential density, but no renderings or mention of a price point for the individual homes.
The vocal neighbors at the meeting repeatedly expressed concerns about the density and height of a potential development under R-8 zoning. The crowd expressed a strong preference for single family detached houses in a style and density more closely matching the surrounding neighborhood.
There also seemed to be a general skepticism about the process and Mr.Wood’s intentions. It was stated that Wood had previously agreed to develop detached single family homes at an earlier attempt to develop the property.
The proposal has been submitted to Planning, but has not been considered yet. It would then be sent to Council.
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