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New sidewalk at Clay and 26th Streets

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25 comments

WarGibFA 10/07/2016 at 8:07 AM

Lookin’ lovely.

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dontmincewords 10/07/2016 at 8:09 AM

Nice. Does anyone know the schedule or methodology for selection? I know the south-of-broaders got a few blocks done. I’m sure we all have ankle-breaking-holy-crap blocks we’d like to nominate.

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MPP 10/07/2016 at 3:48 PM

I love to see sidewalk repairs and new ones going down. However, when will the property owners start to help with maintenance? Some sidewalks throughout the neighborhood are terrible. We need to take a little bit more pride in our neighborhood curb appeal.

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Kevin 10/08/2016 at 2:35 PM

Love the sidewalk. The sewer is still backed up there as of today… looked like the work they were doing would maybe fix this. Maybe there’s still hope.

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Eric S. Huffstutler 10/08/2016 at 11:03 PM

Yes, people seem to ignore or not know that even though the sidewalk is a city easement, it is the “owner” or “tenants” of the house or business in front of it responsibility to make sure it is clear of leaves, trash, and snow. This is per Richmond, VA Code of Ordinances Richmond Code §90-42, §38-152, and maintaining it may even mean getting the city involved to fix things.

When I saw this sidewalk being installed around the corner, it reminded me to check on my request to have the 400 block of N 27h repaired or replaced and I have been doing so since August 2008 (8 years). Over that time, I was even given work order numbers but nothing has happened. On my side of the street there are 9 mature trees and 4 light poles. Trees that have gotten 8 years older and their roots now run the entire width of the sidewalk. Sidewalks since first reported are now used by patrons at Dutch and WPA (both should be concerned), as well as by us personally. And now, being on the walking Holiday House Tour, upwards to 400-500 visitors will each be susceptible to the same dangers of tripping and falling.

I was given a new order number last week with a promise that it would be completed by December but, we will see, and I am following up now with supervisors now. I think 8 years to wait for anything is long enough.

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Eric S. Huffstutler 01/16/2018 at 12:17 PM

The sidewalk and tree situation has gotten one step worse for our block, which now is going on 10-years asking for it to be replaced. The last I was told is that it would cost at least $600,000 to remove all the trees needed to fix the sidewalks, money they don’t have even after being promised that funds would be available last year to do it.

Then, the root system has gotten way out of hand and growing up under retaining walls which are a risk for both the city and contractors hired since they can collapse removing the roots from them. A problem that could have been avoided if handled 10 years ago!

A neighbor, whose air conditioning system is on their roof, now is having issues getting it replaced. The unit was switched on 2007 but needed a heavy duty construction crane to come in to lift it to the roof. They can not do it now because the trees have gotten that much larger.

These same trees are now dropping limbs almost with every storm and falling down on cars and sidewalks… a risk for pedestrians. One tree across the street is so dead, there is only one remaining live limb on it but the city will not cut it down but did cut one down in better shape a couple weeks ago around the corner… again, on Clay Street. Where is the logic?

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Eric S. Huffstutler 05/03/2018 at 8:50 AM

In March of last year, I was given an itemized list of what is needed to properly and completely replace the sidewalks on both sides of our block (400 block of N 27th) with their findings outlined in the above dated post.

This week, work started on the even number house side of the block and I contacted the city to get the scoop, especially after every house, both sides of the street, were marked where the gas and water lines are located.

I was told by a Lamont Benjamin, Capital Projects Administrator for the city of Richmond, that “only” a small portion of the sidewalk was being replaced. Exactly 250-sq feet of brick and 30 linear feet of the curb with it. This was specifically next to the house that sits on the corner of Clay and N 27th. Currently, the project has run at least 200+ feet down the block to 406 N 27th. Completely contrary to what I was told.

Having been fighting to have our sidewalks replaced for 10-years!… at least our side of the block should have been considered first, being in worse condition than the sections being replaced!

Something is not quite right with this picture, in many aspects.

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Eric S. Huffstutler 05/03/2018 at 9:24 AM

Oh, and BTW… I was also told that “nothing has changed since last year concerning the prohibitive cost of replacing sidewalks” on our block. Where did they get the funds to replace the “30-feet”, now 200+ feet? That when they find funding to replace them on our side of the street, I would be notified.

Don’t you think that 10 years is plenty enough time to find funding for sidewalks that only get progressively worse with trees, too large for the sidewalk area anyway, getting only older and larger making things even worse?

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Eric S. Huffstutler 06/13/2018 at 3:47 PM

To add insult to injury, after finishing the sidewalk across the street, they now have replaced the sidewalk on the north side of the 2700 block of Clay Street. If they did not have funds for our side of the 27th Street block, where did they get it for these other projects that I am sure hit the books long after my 10 years of my asking the city to replace our side?

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Eric S. Huffstutler 06/13/2018 at 3:49 PM

Time for “12 On Your Side” to be contacted.

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