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River City Saunter looks at Broad Street corridor

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The Partnership for Smarter Growth’s 3rd Annual River City Saunter will roll on Sunday, October 24, from 2-6PM:

This annual educational event will feature a bus tour along Richmond’s Broad Street Corridor, illustrating growth patterns and pointing out opportunities and obstacles to better land use and transportation planning and the revitalization of our city.

The River City Saunter will feature:

* Revitalization & Bus Rapid Transit Tour
* Release of Smart Growth is Smart Economics Publication
* Overview of Walk & Talk Series
* Roundtable Featuring Developers & Experts on Land Use, Transportation, & the Economy
* Local Business and Non-Profit Exhibitors
* Plein Air Art Auction
* Local Food & Cash Bar
Speakers and tour guides include:
* Trip Pollard, Southern Environmental Law Center
* Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth
* Rachel Flynn, Director of Planning and Development Review
* Bill Pantele, Attorney
* John Lewis, CEO, Greater Richmond Transit Company
* Scott Garnett, One South Realty Developer
* John Crump, New Kent Courthouse Village Developer

We will get out of the bus and “saunter” around and inside the following exclusive locations:

1840 West Broad Street: Early 20th-century automobile dealership in the City of Richmond rehabilitated and reused as an office building. Host: BCWH Architects.

408 North 3rd Street: This 18,000 square foot, 15 unit apartment be the first multi-family LEED (homes program) project in Richmond and the first in the state to combine this distinction with NPS Historic Preservation certification. It utilizes photo voltaic systems to provide electrical services and solar thermal panels to provide hot water. Host: City & Guilds.

219 East Broad Street: Richmond’s tallest building from 1930-1971, when it was surpassed by the Richmond City Hall, the Central National Bank Building remains Richmond’s tallest art deco styled building at 22 floors. Vacant for ten years, this National Landmark was designed by John Eberson. Host: Douglas Development Corporation.

21st and Main: This three story firehouse constructed in 1899 has been given new life as a mixed-use corner building home to a 2,931 square foot restaurant and three three-bedroom loft apartments with walk-out terraces. The second building, Engine Company Lofts, will feature a first floor with 2,007 square-foot commercial space and twenty five apartments on the second through fifth floors. Host: Sensei Development and Monument Construction.

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