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CAR to consider new houses and commercial space, demolition of cinderblock quadraplex

The agenda for Tuesday, August 25, 2015 meeting of the Commission of Architectural Review includes a number of local projects:

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2325 Venable Street
2325 Venable Street

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613 N. 28th Street (proposed)
613 N. 28th Street (proposed)
613 N. 28th Street (current)
613 N. 28th Street (current)

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601-601 1/2 N. 23rd Street
601-601 1/2 N. 23rd Street

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3607 E. Broad Street
3607 E. Broad Street

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511-511 1/2 N. 26th Street
511-511 1/2 N. 26th Street

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Lee

Concerns about the fourplex demolition: Although the exterior of this building is not terribly attractive (I’ve seen a cinderblock fourplex with a surprisingly pleasant interior, so won’t comment there) , fourplexes are a form od vernacular Richmond architecture and they often serve as relatively affordable housing. If they want to demolish it and start over, so be it, but perhaps they could replace it with a more attractive four-plex? At the end of the day, it’s the owner’s decision. But the conversion of several brick, Historic fourplexes around 32nd St. into one and two family homes was aesthetically and socioeconomically… Read more »

Keith West
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Keith West

But haven’t the cinder block apartments become a part of the fabric of the neighborhood?

Terry Peters
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Wow that would be soooo much nicer than the sad old cinderblock.

STC
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STC

This is the most over act of gentrification that I’ve seen in Richmond

Meghanne Ogburn
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Meghanne Ogburn

My husband and I are the owners of the quadplex. We also have lived a block away on 500 block of n 27th since 2006 so we are deeply committed to the neighborhood. My husband Aaron is a class A general contractor and does about 70% of his work here in the Church Hill and surrounding neighborhood. That being said he is responsible for the 2818 east marshall street home that just sold last month in 4 days. The quadplex is not a home that would be suitable to renovate as there is mold throughout and ivy all along the… Read more »

East Grace
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East Grace

Meghanne I think what you are doing is wonderful and thank you for caring about, staying in, and reinvesting in the neighborhood.

Brandon
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Brandon

Meghanne I think this new construction will be a great addition to your block! Out of all of these new construction projects I am most excited about 2325 Venable because it will hopefully bring about more investment to this area of church hill/union hill. Does anyone know if they already have a restaurant or vendor in mind for the store front of that project?

Lee
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Lee

Meghanne – hope you didn’t take my earlier comment as an attack. As I said, at the end of the day, it’s your decision what to do with your property. And if you plan to live there, that’s all the more personal a decision, to my way of thinking. I checked out your husband’s work on Marshall – if my memory serves me the work he’s done is quite an improvement. I’m sure whatever you build on 28th will be great!

BAF
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BAF

Meghanne–Thank you to you and to Aaron for making such an important investment in our community.

Dave Seibert
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Dave Seibert

Brandon-I am also really excited about this project on Venable St! I think it will help bridge the gap between Union Hill and the Fairmount neighborhoods.

Ryan Ramsey
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Very happy to see the proposal for 613 N. 28th Street. It’s a big improvement for the 600 block of 28th Street and removes a neglected apartment building with two well-designed residences. Thank you Aaron and Meghanne for the continues investment in the neighoborhood.

ann
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ann

CAR, August 25, 2015 Meeting summary Business CAR review of National Register Nominations is advisory only and both were ‘approved’ Urban Design, single issue meeting to discuss GRTC project which is in flux Consent Agenda 7 N. 29th – approved 613 N. 22nd – approved 211 N. 36th – approved 601-601 1/2 N. 23rd – moved from regular agenda, approved Regular Agenda 313 N. 24th/2401 E. Marshall – approved 511-511 1/2 N. 26 – approved 3607 E. Broad – approved 2305 Venable – approved 613 N. 28 – approval followed by informal review of future plans for the site 106… Read more »

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