A letter recently sent to several of the area civic associations:
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I was wondering what happened to this. That block would feel so different.
This is a old rendering of the project. Our current design is much improved!!
Updated, thanks Matt!
No problem thank you!
We are also looking for an interesting concept to go here so if anyone knows of a good restaurant please keep this space in mind! We have 1,760SF of interior space and will hopefully have 720 SF of patio space. The building will be done August-October 2017! Stay tuned or call/email anytime.
@ Matt: We NEED Chinese food. Like, desperately. It’s life or death man. (Or maybe Indian, lol).
They better serve it there.
Im sorry but this stinks!
Looks great, this would be a great addition to the neighborhood
Start work as soon as you can. The block needs it.
This is right by the bus stop across from that big church, right?
I’m working on a Thai Place as well as a sushi too concept too. No takers just yet but courting 3-4 concepts.
I love it. This is on par with infill you’d see in DC. Brick with black windows is a more expensive way to build, but the result is so nice for so long! It’s true commitment to church hill.
Allison Campbell, can you expand on your comment?
Brewpub! I’d love to see Ardent come back to the neighborhood! .
Also.. I love that people are walking in the street in this rendering. Makes me truly visualize where this is going
@ Liz, Allison Campbell, CHPN – do you think she means the design stinks? Or doesn’t want a restaurant there? Or what?
Also, anyone have a link to the updated design? This has been through a few rounds of revision, right?
Ardent back in Church Hill!! What an idea! I’ll add them to the list! Nice one!!!
@Emily Yes this is right across the street from Cedar St Baptist.
@Stephen I’m sorry we don’t do Brunswick Stew parties here anymore! But the lot beside this site will be open for next fall so lets book it now!
@BAF take a picture now cause its going to be fenced up and scraped by January 15th….its been idle too long!!
Eat in/carry out meat/deli, charcutterie, salad joint. Sans preservatives/toxins. Free range-ish. With a schmear of jewish deli tossed in. Ok, I’ll say it. Brooklyn. order up.
I need Pho in Church Hill, PLEASE!
….but, I would not be upset if Ardent came back.
It needs more than just a schmear, Don’tMinceWords. I want Matzo Ball Soup, good corned beef and pastrami. Quality Jewish rye. The whole she-bang,
Or a good diner. Church Hill needs a good diner.
Hey, Matt Jarreau…most of us who live in Union Hill are proud of our very distinct neighborhood! How about letting people who are interested in this project know that it’s not in Church Hill.
@Mary Union Hill heard!!
What’s with the adamancy of having a distinction between Union Hill and Church Hill?
@26 It’s beyond me. I’ve been in Union Hill for 3 years and still consider it a part of church hill.
@26 and 27, I was wondering the same thing.
I grew up in Richmond and we always called that area Church Hill. Gentrification comes and all of a sudden people want to be distinct. What about courting a black restaurant owner like Croaker Spot.
Yeah, that’s very weird to me. I have to say, though, I’m not really a fan of placing this restaurant here. Cedar Street Baptist has a really deep, rich history and I think it needs to be maintained. This would clutter the area and make it even more difficult for patrons who have been attending this church for years, to get there.
It is true, this is considered part of Union Hill. By the National Registry of Historic Places, the 2001-2002 Union Hill Historic District designation (VDHR # 127-0815), this triangle falls just inside Union Hill.
I am for the addition on this vacant lot as long as the architecture flows with the 19th century designs next door and near by per CAR guidelines for new infills.
Union Hill and Church Hill used to be separated by a ravine that ran down Jefferson Avenue’s current location to the James Rover. When the ravine was filled, the distinction between the two communities became much less pertinent.
John wrote about the seven hills of Richmond back in 2012:
The winning design of the pocket park contest has a lot of good symbolism about the two communities:
As far as this project, I can personally vouch for Matt Jarreau being a stand up guy.
He’s been working behind the scenes for many years to advance Church Hill’s growth and prosperity.
I definitely trust him to keep the communities in mind, which IMO is evident in him reaching out to civic associations in the area and being active in the CHPN community.
As far as I’m concerned, he and Ernie Chamberlain are the go-to guys for real estate in Church/Union Hill these days. I fully support this project.
#25…Heard but ignored: http://richmondbizsense.com/2017/01/03/triangular-lots-to-get-new-life-in-church-hill/
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