Almost a decade ago, Mr. Joyner came to a New Visions Civic League meeting to share information about his building at 2123 Fairmount Avenue. The mixed-use corner spot, at some point in the past home to Wally’s Supermarket, was sitting vacant along with the house next door (also owned by Joyner).
Sensitive to the state of the neighborhood at that time, he had declined offers to put in a corner store, a store-front church, and an alcohol-serving restaurant in the space. At one point, the bulding was to house a hair salon, but a robbery in the area of one of the principles caused them to back out of the project. A later B&E at the vacant property saw the theft of the remaining computers and office material.
In the intervening 10 years, the prominant corner space at 22nd Street and Fairmount has been intermittently used as a recording studio and storage space, but has mostly been empty. The house next door was restored by Better Housing Coalition along the way, and the storefront has gone up for sale a few times.
Today, though, Richmond Cycling Corps announced that they have purchased the building, just blocks from Fairfield Court, Mosby Court, Martin Luther King Jr Middle School, and Armstrong High School, to use as their base of operations and to offer as a home away from home to the youth on their team. They anticipate being in the new space this fall.
“The most important fact of this project is that we will be accessible to our youth, ” says the release on the RCC web site, “However, transportation and equipment storage logistics are noteworthy as well. We stand to gain significant savings in time and costs by more wisely locating our resources.”
RCC Executive Director Craig Dodson will live on site in the upstairs apartment.
Richmond Cycling Corps is an outreach program which uses cycling to connect with youth in public housing. RCC is responsible for the Armstrong Cycling Team and the MLK Cycling Team – the nations’s only inner-city high school and middle school cycling teams. The teams have finished 3rd in Virginia the past 2 years in competition with mainly private schools from around the state. Richmond Cycling Corps also built and maintains the Armstrong Bike Park.
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