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City pushing development along Nine Mile and 25th

08/01/2011 6:15 AM by

Part 2 of Work It, Richmond’s look at Church Hill (previously) delves into the city’s push for economic development in the area:

The city is focusing on what it calls “gateway corridors,” which in Church Hill means 25th Street and Nine Mile Road. Since Church Hill and the larger East End form the eastern gateway to the city, officials want to make that approach more vibrant and welcoming.

Those gateway corridors “provide the greatest opportunities for new businesses,” Chapman said. But to grow small businesses the city must also address the high concentrations of poverty in Church Hill. The East End, which includes Church Hill, is home to four of the city’s public housing projects. Chapman said there are about 2,000 public housing units in the area, half of the city’s stock.

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