An update on the Church Hill Market .
From their email newsletter:
We at Church Hill Market have received many inquiries from folks in the neighborhood who are interested in the progress of the business, so it’s high time we sent a newsletter update to everyone! It is important to us to keep everyone in the community up to date on our endeavors, and this past year has been a busy and challenging time.
Firstly, we have updated our website to include a new online store that offers product reviews and customer profiles. We encourage you to visit ChurchHillMarket.com and create new user identifications. By doing this, users will be helping us to provide current information about the progress of the Market and alerts about special events and news. Our old listserv provided us with only e-mail addresses for those who signed up, and signing up with our new list on the new site will allow us to provide you with exciting new personalized services. Also, future newsletters will be sent through this new listserv, so it’s important for those interested in the Market to sign up by clicking here. This feature will provide for more timely newsletters than before, so you can expect to hear from us more often.
We are certainly waiting enthusiastically for the Church Hill Market building to begin its transformation. We would also like to extend our sincere apologies for the continuing state of our building. Hurdles keep appearing, but our staff is moving through them steadily, and we are still preparing for an opening in the fall of this year.
We have made progress even though it doesn’t show up at the corner of 29th and Broad. We officially gained the support of the Church Hill Association (thank you!) and won our zoning variance to use the upstairs for retail and to expand the footprint of the building so that we may offer a larger retail space and thus a larger range of products.
Our zoning approval triggered the tasks of architectural detailing and structural, electrical, and mechanical engineering, all of which have been time-consuming. We will be offering the pricing set of details for the Church Hill Market to contractors this coming month, and with construction costs in hand, we can complete our business plan and proceed with financing.
As many of you know, restoring buildings in our historic neighborhood is a challenge. It is important to retain the historic fabric that we are all so proud of, and financing such a project can be difficult. We will be seeking all the support possible though the City of Richmond’s Enterprise Zone funding, the Neighborhoods in Bloom program, and the Federal New Market Fund Tax Credits program. These monies are made available for projects such as Church Hill Market to encourage development in emerging neighborhoods. Otherwise, one might just as well “go do it in the ‘burbs!” If anyone knows of any other programs that may be of value to our goals, please let us know.
As with any business, Church Hill Market depends on the folks that support it. Therefore, and as always, we greatly value the support of our neighbors and enjoy receiving comments and questions. If you have any suggestions or concerns, please let us know. We want to know what you’re looking for from your neighborhood market! You can reach us anytime by e-mail at Info@ChurchHillMarket.com.
In our next newsletter, we will of course give you an update on what’s happening with Church Hill Market, as well as a little history on our founder, Mason Wyatt, who was born in the Fan District of Richmond and has pioneered in Church Hill since 1984.