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Newbille hosting 7th District, GRTC, Glenwood Ridge Apartments meetings this week

Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille to host her next 7th District meeting in Tuesday, March 28, 2017, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Family Resource Center (2405 Jefferson Avenue).

Special Guests include Jennifer L. McClellan, Virginia State Senator Senate of Virginia 9th Voter District, Delores L. McQuinn, Virginia State Delegate Virginia House of Delegates 70th Voter District, and Jeffery M. Bourne, Virginia State Delegate Virginia House of Delegates 71st Voter District.

Agenda items include:

  • J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College – Culinary School
    Dr. Gary Rhodes, President, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC): Seed Grants for New Business in the Richmond East End 7th Voter District
    Ms. Candice Street, Executive Director, Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation

  • Maggie Walker Community Land Trust – Mr. Robert Adams, HD Advisors
  • Public Safety: Richmond East End 7th Voter District
    Richmond Police Department and Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services

  • RVA East End Music Festival: The Gift of Arts and Music
    Ms. Suzanne Mallory-Parker, Richmond Symphony

  • Richmond East End Transformation: Creighton Court and Grocery Store in the Richmond East End 7th Voter District

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There will also be a special meeting with Cynthia Newbille & GRTC on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 6:00 PM at the Powhatan Recreation Center (5051 Northampton Street).

Following, there will be a special meeting with Shane Doran of the Humanities Foundation on Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 7:00 – 8:00PM at the Powhatan Recreation Center (5051 Northampton Street) on the proposed Glenwood Ridge Apartments.

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Neighbor
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Who’s coming to the meetings tonight? If you have concerns about the Glenwood Ridge development, be sure to attend tonight please.

Clay Street
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Clay Street

Still time to make the GRTC meeting at 6 pm and the Glenwood Apt meeting at 7 pm, hope everyone who vocalized opinions on here is able to attend.

Ron
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Ron

Does anyone know what the outcome of the meeting was on March 30th about the proposed Glenwood apartment development?

Clay Street
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Clay Street

Ron There wasn’t any “outcome” per se. But it was a lengthy and sometimes contentious meeting. Shane Dornan and his attorney presented some changes that have been made to their design of the development. This includes among other things the addition of a playground in the middle area between the two building, so the parking layout has been reconfigured. They also changed the run of the development along the easement due to city of Richmond property stuff (not entirely sure of the details, but the result is that the angle of the eastern building in relation to Glenwood is different).… Read more »

Clay Street
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Clay Street

The 106 review has been triggered because there will now be units specifically set aside for Section 8, a change from their original Glenwood Apartments application and plan (which was Section 8 preferred but did not specify allotment of units). The federal funds involved in Section 8 mean it has to have another layer of scrutiny. You can read more about some of what’s involved here: http://www.richmondgov.com/planninganddevelopmentreview/HistoricPreservation.aspx

Clay Street
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Clay Street

One more thing: everyone who attended was also concerned about the two adjacent parcels which have the exact same R-63 multi-family zoning…Newbille knows that people are looking to her to help manage the frustration with continually building dense apartment complexes in a food desert with no walkability score.

Clay Street
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Clay Street

John M, thank you for providing the forum! None of us would have known anything about this if you hadn’t posted about the demo permit for the trolley barn…

crd
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crd

Clay Street, the person at the city who handles Section 106 review is, I believe, Kimberly Chen. She is listed in the employee directory for the city. She is also a Church Hill resident of long standing.

And thank you and John Murden for the reporting, you both deserve kudos!

Ron
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Ron

Thanks, Clay, I appreciate you keeping us up to date. I really hope this development isn’t approved if it is I’m selling. Church Hill has always been my favorite neighborhood in Richmond, but this is too much. We already have far more low-income housing in our district. I wonder why we’re always targeted. About the land Frank Wood owns starting at the corner of 35th and Marshall, it was zoned single-family the last time I checked. If this developer is referring to Mr. Wood’s property, he’d need to have it rezoned. My question is why were we not informed when… Read more »

mary
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mary

Pushing back against this type of development is difficult when, in some areas of the city, the council representative states that what’s proposed is part of that council person’s own vision for the neighborhood. In those cases it’s about the council rep and not about the neighborhood. It was that statement by our council rep that informed those of us who live here that even tho the neighborhood is in an Old and Historic District and the proposal was inappropriate by many of those guidelines, Union Hill was in deep doo doo. And sure enough BHC “won” the right to… Read more »

Clay Street
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Clay Street

Ron, unfortunately the Frank Wood property is R-63 as far as I can tell 🙁 http://eservices.ci.richmond.va.us/applications/PropertySearch/Detail.aspx?pin=E0001116012 I don’t think everyone understands–the Glenwood development is by-right. There isn’t any regular zoning review process that will affect it because it is already allowed–because it fits the zoning. Petitions will not work. As the Style article points, out, the city can actually be held liable/be sued if they thwart developers who are in-line with zoning requirements. But, there is another review process that has to be traversed in order for the development to move forward re: 106 review. If you want to weigh… Read more »

Dave
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Dave

Ms Chen said herself at the meeting last week that the 106 review wasn’t going to stop this development, only delay it at best. It seems the developer is invested enough to have hired a company to conduct the archaeological site work required by the 106 review. An uphill battle for sure… Such a shame for so many reasons. @13 – Please keep us informed of any progress made during your meeting with Newbille.

Nia
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Nia

Isn’t there another level of review required because the process had been started to get the Trolley barn on the National Historic Register?

Nia
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Nia

Did anyone else attend the CHA meeting on March 21 wherein the owner/developer of the Lofty who also opposes this particular project and a representative from the City had a dialogue during the Q&A session? Wherein the city said it would 4-6 months to review the Sec. 106 submission, which had not been submitted yet, AND that the applicants due diligence period for the purchase expired at the end of April, AND that the seller was not interested in extending as he had other ‘backup offers’. Did I dream this? Does anyone else remember this conversation that had me leaving… Read more »

Michelle WM
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Michelle WM

@16 – Nia, thank you so much for sharing that, it is the most promising piece of news I have heard regarding this project. Please keep us updated with what you hear! Thank you!

Ron
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Ron

@Clay, I copied and pasted this from the city’s assessor’s office. You are correct about Frank Wood’s property being in an (R-63) zone, but the class of the property is listed as single family (101 – R Single Family Vacant (R1-R7). And I’m not sure exactly what a developer would have to do to build on Mr. Wood’s property. I think it means a developer can build multifamily, but it has to be something such as condos or townhouses instead of an apartment building owned by one developer/individual for rental purposes. For example, let’s say I am a developer and… Read more »

Clay Street
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Clay Street

Ron, it’s confusing and I am not the best person to answer, but the zoning class and the property class are not the same thing. The one that counts is the zoning class (in the case of both Glenwood and of the Frank Wood properties, the zoning is R-63) Unlike Glenwood, the Lofty is inside the OHD. So totally different in that it had to meet certain other more specific guidelines, even though it was zoned multi-family to begin with. It required CAR approval which it did not get, then city council overturned, and then it went to court, etc.… Read more »

Leigh
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Leigh

I am so confused. All the letters and numbers of the legalities throw me for a loop. In elementary terms, what should I do as I am 1 block away and in opposition to the building of this complex

Leigh
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Leigh

I also am curious as to if she said how this was positively affecting the area (Glenwood, Chimborazo). I know there is an argument for affordable houaing, but did she speak to how putting this building at this spot was going to positively impact the area around it? Any insight appreciated. Thanks

Ron
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Ron

@Clay, I was looking at a map of the Chimborazo Old and Historic District today and discovered it reaches N 30th-N 39th St., and it appears to expand to the 3800 and 3900 blocks of Government Road. So if it is in Chimborazo’s historic district, then I’d think the developer has to build a design that satisfies the neighbors. I would think if we’re against this development we wouldn’t need to do anything else. I also remember when a developer wanted to build an eleven story building in Shockoe Bottom possibly obstructing the view shed from Libby Park. If the… Read more »

Dave
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Dave

Does anyone have any update on this development?

Eric Huffstutler
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Eric Huffstutler

Yes, what is the final outcome? Did the developer throw in the towel on this location? If so, what is next for the trolley building people want to protect?

Dave
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Dave

According to the Times Dispatch today, Dr. Newbille has allocated $90,480 for “Glenwood (sidewalks, curb cuts, street repair and gutters)”. NOT GOOD for those of us who know sidewalks and temporarily repaired pot holes will be of little consequence for neighbors and future tenants whos lives will be negatively affected by this development.

crd
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crd

@26 wasn’t that an amendment to the budget, and if so, did it get passed by the full council and has Stoney signed off on it? I did see the reference in the T-D online edition, just not sure if it’s final.

mary
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mary

#26…At this point in the game I don’t know what options are available for change or even input but remember…projects like this are, by her own statement, what Newbille’s vision for the district is.

Her statement to a group of Union Hill residents was a bell ringer – when she said that a ‘warehouse’ apartment project proposed by BHC fit her vision for the district.

It’s not about you or your neighbors or your neighborhood. You’re all just along for the ride.

Ron
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Ron

@Mary, All of you living in Union Hill need to remember Cynthia Newbill works for us. We employ her in the voting booth, and she can be removed at the next election.
There’s one thing that confuses me if so many people are dissatisfied with her. Why is she still our representative?
The reason Trump won the election is that Americans were tired of politicians doing things more to suit themselves than the people (republican and democrat alike).
They work for “We the People.”

Dave
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Dave

@27…I’m not exactly sure. Either way, it’s clear that she is supporting this development.

mary
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mary

#29…Thanks. Preaching to the choir here.

Dave
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Dave

Does anyone have any news about this project?

Nia
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Nia

Fun Fact: Glenwood now has a large new asphalt “patch” at the end of the road where it becomes Leigh Street. Is this what you get for $90+k?
The For Sale signs are down off the Glenwood Ridge location. It’s back to being a peaceful meadow. The Trolley Barn appears to have lost its tenant, but I’m not 100% certain.

Leigh
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Leigh

Updates on this whole thing? Anyone?