Help bring life back into an empty apartment building

03/29/2007 6:08 PM by

Tom & Julie O’Kelly are seeking support of an application for a variance from the City of Richmond Board of Zoning for 520 North 26th Street. They’d like to totally renovate this former apartment-building/cornerstore into a four-unit apartment-building.

520 North 26th Street

From the letter from the O’Kellys, with a printable version available below:

March 2007

Dear Neighbor:

I would appreciate your support of our application for a variance from the City of Richmond Board of Zoning for 520 North 26th Street. As we all know, this structure is a former corner food market that included three apartments which has become deplorable, run down and has seen its better days. Our plan is to totally renovate this property into a four-unit apartment building. The property will be renovated in an historic manner that will improve the neighborhood and bring more life back to this block.

We are residents of Church Hill and very much care about this neighborhood and community. We have restored the home we live in at 614½ N. 23rd Street to its original historical beauty. We have also restored a duplex at 612 and 614 N. 23rd Street into apartment units, and are currently working on completing 510 and 512 N. 23rd Street as single-family homes. Our neighbors are pleased that our projects have improved the look of the neighborhood and returned it to its original historic appearance.

By historically renovating this structure, we will be improving the overall beauty of the area thereby increasing giving incentive for other houses on this block and in the vicinity to have a better chance of being renovated.

Please sign your name and address below acknowledging support. Your support in our efforts to revitalize the neighborhood, as always, is appreciated.

Thank You
Tom & Julie O’Kelly

This is the file to download, print, and return to support the variance.

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