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Preservation of trolley barn still an issue for proposed Glenwood Apartments

September 11, 2017 5:15 pm by

The Glenwood Ridge Apartments are progressing, though it looks like the development will need to preserve at least a portion of the former trolley barn on the site.

An August email forwarded from Mark Olinger in the city’s Department of Planning & Development Review says that:

We have not received any final drawings for review but can report the following:

They have continued the townhouse look of the property, esp. the building facing Glenwood.

Five front-loaded units (that is, units that front onto Glenwood, not entered through either the parking area or the rear) have been added with a covered porch area.

We have suggested that they preserve addit’l options for pedestrian connections to the property to the south at Glenwood and Government, and that nothing is done to preclude a connection to the property to the north, which provides access to the steps leading to E. Marshall St. above the site.

They continue to work with Kim Chen on the Section 106 review process…there is one more “consultation” that needs to be held for the Section 106 process but that is moving along pretty well…there will be a portion of the trolley building that will be retained as a way to help tell the story of the site.

Sidewalk will be installed along the frontage of Glenwood. I don’t recall other infrastructure items at this time, but they may show up on the plans when we receive them.

Four documents regarding the proposed demolition of the former trolley barn at the Glenwood Ridge Apartments site:

  1. Glenwood Ridge Section 106 Package 3
  2. 2017-3387 Richmond-Henrico Car Barn demo 3801 Glenwood AE_LTR
  3. Notice of Adverse Effect
  4. SHPO Concurrence Letter

Random discovery of the initial demolition permit for the trolley barn brought proposed development to the surface back in January, before any other plans or meetings had been shared or announced.


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