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robsmithiii
robsmithiii
8 years ago

RT @chpn: 21st and Broad http://t.co/6uz6ilGs #rva

Brad
Brad
8 years ago

Love that steeple. And look at all the trees down Broad Street.

chpnfan
chpnfan
8 years ago

Lovely

QuentinCompson
QuentinCompson
8 years ago

Anybody ever notice these pictures are always taken when the trees are bare? And also is the grade of Broad St. different in this picture? That block is empty now and the weird service station would be on the bottom right correct?

Mike
Mike
8 years ago

Bottom left is where the Exxon would be. You’re looking down Broad from Church Hill in this pic.

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

That block sure looked nicer when all the houses were similar height and size. Now that big abomination that somehow slipped by CAR fucks the whole block up. Wonder how much they had to kick back to city and CAR to butcher the block that bad.

Boz
Boz
8 years ago

How about the church with the missing steeple? I also think that’s a pretty embarrassing sight for the neighborhood. This looks much more impressive.

Cadeho
Cadeho
8 years ago

@Alex You are right!

s.kelly
s.kelly
8 years ago

x3 on Alex’s comment, way too big.

Matthew
Matthew
8 years ago

@boz The steeples were taken down from several area churches in the early 20th century (when it was Trinity Methodist before it fled to the suburbs) by a zealous building inspector. Apparently a steeple fell off a church in a storm, and the building inspector went on a campaign to have them removed for safety purposes. See also the former 3rd Presbyterian at 2517 East Broad Street which suffered the same fate.

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

On the subject of the monstrosity at 2104, anyone else notice the listing for these things? The realtor has the gall to use shots of the neighbor’s backyard to sell these things. We were wondering whether the neighbors might have a case against the realtor for using their property in advertising (presumably without their consent)? No doubt these neighbors are already pissed because they had a massive eye sore cut their previously pleasant view off. Now to rub salt in the wound, the folks responsible for said eye sore are taking advantage of their nice landscaping. Link here, picture I’m… Read more »

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

It also appears that the developer plans for nine bedrooms in the two buildings and given that the house is targeted towards renters, it’s likely that there will be nine cars for this unit. Anyone know how to find out if they bothered to set up parking for all these cars or if they are planning to shit on the community further with their lack of foresight in that area? Nine more spots in an area that is already pretty full will not be easy to come across. This whole project is a textbook example of how to make a… Read more »

FredInRVA
FredInRVA
8 years ago

Alex, where do you get the 9 bedrooms from? Zillow listing indicates 2 bedrooms per home, for a total of 4 bedrooms across both homes. And why would you assume every person in every bedroom would require an individual car. Also, renters, generally, have lower incomes than owners and are more likely to NOT have cars.

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

It’s two duplexes. One has 2 + 2 bedrooms, the other 3 + 2 bedrooms. Your math may vary but I come up with 9 from that.

Anyone renting a unit at the price these things are going for has the money for a car. You’re fooling yourself if you think otherwise.

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

I’m definitely not saying folks need one car per person, just stating that it’s likely to be the case. My point is that it’s irresponsible for the developer to skip planning for parking but I suspect that this was the case given their lack of consideration for their neighbors with their design in other aspects.

crd
crd
8 years ago

Alex, in general I agree with you but I looked at both your link to Zillow, and linked to the listing agents site, and I see two bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. I could only see the listing for Unit 1. Are you sure you aren’t confusing beds and baths? It’s definitely got an extra half bath.

And I totally agree about parking, it will be a real problem on that site. I have no clue how they intend to solve it.

crd
crd
8 years ago

#9 Matthew: the steeple on New Light Baptist was blown off during a hurricane, I think it was Camille but it could have been another one since then. It was definitely not just a ‘storm’ it was a large hurricane. The former Pres. church (which is at 2515 East Broad, not 2517), is now the Belfry Condos, and was decommissioned when the church moved away some time before the building was turned into condos in the early 1980’s. Decommissioning means the cross was removed, not the steeple. Your theory is interesting but I’ve never heard of a building inspector requiring… Read more »

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

As far as I can decipher, this is what the layout is: Two addresses 2102 – they have this listed for 600k for 5 bedroom duplex – selling both halves as one bundle. Listing mentions it will be cut into 3 and 2. 2104 – selling as condos, 250k each, each are 2 BR. The complexity of the listing should give some idea what a bastard design this is. The sharp eyes and math majors will also notice that 2102 is priced quite a bit higher per square foot. Why is that? Well it has an extra bedroom but that… Read more »

kafer
kafer
8 years ago

Alex – the project at 2104 didn’t slip by CAR, it was approved, with minimal comment, a CAR members’ firm designed the project…..

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

Thanks for the clarification. So it was an inside job as opposed to an end run. Knew it had to be one or the other since this goes against the entire intent of having CAR – preserve visual unity of a neighborhood.

Chimbo Resident
Chimbo Resident
8 years ago

Don’t know why, in all hese years, Trinity Methodist/New Light Baptist has not replaced the steeple. I can’t imagine that they couldn’t raise enough funds to do so. I bet many in the neighborhood would be interested in donating. It may not be a blight on the neighborhood, but it’s the first church that welcomes you to Church Hill and it would be nice if it were restored to it’s original glory. Further, with all the construction going on in C.H. and Shockoe, couldn’t they got some of the contractors and Lowe’s in on this project? It doesn’t seem like… Read more »

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

Kafer, I went back to the original minutes for this because I was curious how this could have passed and it doesn’t sound like “minimal comment” to me. The board member who had the conflict of interest excused himself but I would argue that there’s still a pretty real conflict of interest that exists when the other members know one of their peers has a vested interest. These boards should not include folks whose designs might come up for votes, just to avoid any hint of conflict of interest. Two of the members present, correctly zeroed in on the fact… Read more »

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

Another great link that shows just how ludicrous this approval was for those interested: http://www.richmondgov.com/CommissionArchitecturalReview/documents/Old_Historic_Dist.pdf From page 44 (new construction standards): “Perhaps the best way to think about a compatible new building (or addition) is that it should be a good neighbor” “New infill construction should respect the prevailing front and side yard setback patterns of the surrounding block. The minimal setbacks evident in most districts reinforce the traditional street wall.” Page 45: “New construction should maintain the existing human scale of historic residential and commercial neighborhoods. The inappropriate use of monumentally-scaled buildings that overwhelm pedestrians at the street level… Read more »

crd
crd
8 years ago

Alex #21 and 22: many thanks for providing the link to the minutes of that meeting. I’ve now read them, and I’ve got one problem with them – not only did almost everyone object to the height, but “Ms. Sadler stated that it was usually the policy of the Commission to do two reviews of projects that were new infill.” Hence my question – did they ever meet again over this? That same paragraph also has this: “Ms. Wimmer commented that she had a problem articulating the mass of the duplex and was not comfortable making decisions without pictures or… Read more »

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

Good question crd. I am starting kind of in the dark about this project myself so I don’t know the whole flow of approvals. I saw something about it coming back in January of this year but those minutes are not public yet. If there were other approvals in the middle, I haven’t found them yet.

Anyone else know?

Jess
Jess
8 years ago

I have been looking for something about the road construction on 21st Street. Does anyone know anything about it, mostly about when it would stop?

Eric Huffstutler
Eric Huffstutler
8 years ago

Let me put my .02¢ worth in on a couple of comments here. First, I love these pictures. Second, the church steeple was damaged and removed from hurricane Hazel in 1954. See picture that John posted back in 2008 here of how it looked (bent from winds). Unless an inspector in the 1950s said to take them down, doubt that the “turn of the century” speculation holds water. I do miss the steeples. I think it is more a case of being “politically correct” and the ultra conservatism of Richmond to not have anything “tall”. http://www.flickr.com/photos/murden/2465154944/sizes/o/ There was a campaign… Read more »

Eric Huffstutler
Eric Huffstutler
8 years ago

Let me throw a couple more pennies into the circle. Why does it take 2-3 months to lay down a 30-foot pipe across the street? It happened the same on a couple other side streets within the past year.

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

Eric,

I suspect the “slip” by CAR can only be accounted for by the membership of a Mr. Johannas on both the board and the development team for this construction. There’s no other explanation I can think of. Why the city has folks with clear conflicts of interests like this on CAR is beyond me. It basically defeats the whole purpose of having the board if crooks like Johannas can slip sub-standard trash through. On the other hand, they don’t have any problem carping about stupid stuff other people want to do.

crd
crd
8 years ago

Eric #29, it’s my understanding that they are having to tunnel the pipes in, as opposed to just digging a trench and lay the pipes in it. I’ve also heard that all the new construction just downhill (the apartments around the McDonald’s as well as the ones at 21st and Broad) caused the sewer to back up, hence the city had to enlarge the pipes. Why they are tunneling them in, I have no clue, it’s just what I was told. In your post #28, Thanks also for clarifying that it was Hurricane Hazel, and not Camille. I don’t know… Read more »

Eric Huffstutler
Eric Huffstutler
8 years ago

Alex, oh yeah…. Ditto to what you said about Dave Johannas and his Frankenbuildings. He will continue to undermind the purpose of the C.A.R. and the reason they are here (Historical Preservation) but instead slap ultra modern elements that DO NOT BELONG within historic districts.

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