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Petition circulating to stall proposed Glenwood Ridge apartments

Folks along Glenwood have launched a petition to stall the proposed Glenwood Ridge apartment complex:

Glenwood Ridge is an 82 unit mixed income apartment complex slated to break ground in January of 2018, yet very little awareness seems to have been raised by local government and the lack of transparency is concerning.

It goes without saying that affordable housing is an absolute necessity, but putting an 82 unit apartment complex at the intersection of Government Rd and Glenwood Ave on a 3.2 acre lot is a poor decision.

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MJ
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It is possible that the legal standards for informing the public and soliciting their input have not been met.

Chimbo Resident
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Chimbo Resident

Cynthia Newbille and Kimberly Chen have agreed to a final community meeting this Monday, Oct 16th at 630pm. The Neighbo rhood Resource Center at 1519 Williamsburg Rd. Please attend if you can.

Chimbo Resident
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Jean
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Jean

The above is the link to the petition. ?

Brian
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Brian

Spread the word!

donald funk
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donald funk

At least theres new construction of housing that average people can likely afford. The company building this doesn’t seem to really have any ghetto properties by the looks of it either

Brian
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Brian

@Donald – The buildings aren’t the worst things, but the management is the company’s biggest problem. There is a list of complaints on Nextdoor.

AB
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AB

@donald

Depends on what your definition is… because his properties are actually known for heinous management and neglect leading to everyday occurances of this flavor…

https://www.google.com/amp/wtvr.com/2017/08/16/13-shell-casings-found-at-puddledock-place-apartments-parking-lot/amp/

https://www.google.com/amp/wtvr.com/2015/05/26/puddledock-place-apartments-standoff/amp/

Eric S.
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Eric S.

I think Mark Holmberg sums up the issue that we have going on… http://wtvr.com/2017/10/13/holmberg-mayor-stoney-needs-to-attack-root-of-richmond-violence-problem/

Where is the Church Hill Association or do they not care since it is not blocking the river view?

Dubois2
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Dubois2

Does the east end not have enough public and section 8 housing? Do Dr Newbille and others simply want ‘more low income housing’ or is there a goal in mind? How much is the right amount?

crd
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crd

@10 Eric S., The Church Hill Association was very concerned way back in the spring when this first came up. Unfortunately, the parcel is zoned for multi-family housing and thus the developer has ‘by-right’ rights to build multi-family housing there.

See pages 32-33 of the May CHA newsletter.
http://www.churchhill.org/chaofrva/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/May-2017-Newsletter.pdf

I agree with the idea that this development is a bad idea, but I don’t see what can be done legally to stop it and wish the petition all the best of luck.

lanny
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lanny

#11 – No, the east end does not have enough public and section 8 housing…

At least according to the 7th district elected representative, who stated in a public meeting that the 100% low income Better Housing project underway in Union Hill represents her “vision for the east end.”

The proposed Glenwood Ridge project is sure to also represent her vision for the east end….

Come on – get with her program!

JD
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JD

I know these “not for profit developers” are pitching their projects and everyone is patting themselves on the back – as low income or section 8 but charging some one $900-$1200+ is not low income housing it’s market rate. Maybe instead of kids shooting each other daily in the projects the City could develop a jobs program and teach people a trade so they can start their own businesses and break the cycle of permanent poverty and welfare instead of locking generations into it.

A YIMBY That Loves the James
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A YIMBY That Loves the James

This project will likely increase pollution in the James River and Chesapeake Bay. I would be extremely surprised if this project had received the environmental review required by city/state regulations. This is new development inside of a Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area, specifically a Resource Management Area. (This is visible on maps at arcgis.com) The builder must follow strict rules to prevent their property from polluting the James River and Chesapeake Bay even further. With so much vegetation being removed and such a massive parking lot being built, I really don’t see how it’s possible that these rules are being followed.… Read more »

Pixie Rivers
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I’m sure they’re ONLY concerned about "institutionalized segregation" and this is definitely not a racist and classist effort to keep their property value up and those pesky undesirables out of "their" neighborhood. What I’m saying is, this is gross and hypocritical. But what do I know, I’m just some sketchy low income person.

Neighbor
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Neighbor

Are you serious right now? People cannot even afford to feed their themselves and their children in Church Hill and you want people to care about some water pollution in the James River or the Chesapeake Bay?

When the numbers of people on section 8 housing, buying food with EBT, and kids are not on free and reduced lunch at our schools then maybe people will have the luxury to focus on your non essential issues.

Clay Street
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Clay Street

Pixie Rivers, the developers didn’t even have a playground in their plans until pressure was put on them by the community via meetings over the past year—and it’s a family-oriented development so….what’s that all about? Because there aren’t any sidewalks going up to Chimborazo Park. No one wants ill-conceived concentrated poverty. Everyone’s issue has always been over the size and scale of the apartment complex, especially at that site–are you familiar with the issues of that location and the conditions of Glenwood Avenue? Have you been to the meetings where both black and white folks who are longtime Fulton residents… Read more »

Clay Street
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Clay Street

Repeatedly said at the meetings: could these be townhouses instead of apartments? Can there be 30-40 units instead of 82? Can there be sidewalks and lighting installed by the developer that improve that intersection so that folks are safe and able to traverse to and from in all kinds of weather? The developer has consistently said “nah, no, that’s not my responsibility.” And the city doesn’t have the resources to completely re-do the cityscape over there. Montrose and Fulton residents are really not happy–they are not anti-development, but they want SMART and HEALTHY development where people can walk safely to… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

I attended the nearly 2.5 hour meeting last night. I can’t possibly wrap up the whole meeting in one long comment. So I will primarily just focus on a few disconcerting things said by our planning director Mark Olinger. On concerns of the ills concentrated poverty from the crowd: “We have to play the card we were dealt” “Design is not Destiny.” [Paraphrasing] “Some times you just have to let things happen and see how they play out” (crowd moans) On the composition of the 82 unit development “There are only 20 Section 8 units in this development. The rest… Read more »

lanny
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Attendance at last night’s 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. meeting was much higher than had been anticipated…standing room only…not enough seats; and finally attendees were politely asked to leave at 9 p.m. so that the facility could be closed up. Frequently voiced was a complaint about communication, about getting the word out, particularly about meeting dates and times. Several stated that the reason previous meetings were so poorly attended (like 5 at one earlier meet) was because nobody knew about the meetings; and more than one person stated that had Sub Rosa not had notification pinned up they’d not have made… Read more »

Lani
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Lani

Where can you go to publicly comment on this project? Is there a link online or on the city’s website?

Ian
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Ian

@crd What gets me about the “By rights” development argument is that the parcel’s zoning regulations, for R-63, state “the intent of the R-63 district is to encourage development of medium density neighborhoods comprised of a mix of residential uses and to promote a pedestrian oriented urban environment” as well as to ensure “safe vehicular and pedestrian circulation”. (https://library.municode.com/va/richmond/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CH30ZO_ARTIVDIRE_DIV10.1R-MUURREDI) Given all of that language I don’t understand how we could even consider granting permits for R-63 construction that would have 0 pedestrian connections off the lot and would funnel 100+ new cars onto a street that is too narrow to… Read more »

crd
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crd

@23 I agree with you, but that appears/seems to be the way the city interprets it. Talk to Mark Olinger and see if you get anywhere then post back here, I’d be really interested in hearing about that conversation.

L
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L

Is this area not subject to any sort of architectural review? Cause that thing looks like it belongs in an office park somewhere well past the city line (I use “belongs” loosely, since the prudent thing would be to not build something like this anywhere, but can we at least keep it out of the city?)

crd
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@26 L, the answer is no, it is not part of any historic district that would subject it to architectural review.

crd
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crd

@26 L, I stand corrected. In so far as the proposed buildings, the city building code would dictate certain things. But as to architectural review affecting the site and any structures on it, there is the Section 106 review, which does include architectural as well as other features for any existing structures on the site, this is when the trolley barn comes in. While it is not on the National Register, it is eligible for listing hence is subject to a 16 review, which I believe is ongoing now. Here is a short version of what a 106 review does.… Read more »

mjn
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It floors me that study after study has been published about the awful effects on the city of its concentrated low-income developments and yet they continue to approve them! The experiment was done and we know the results – how can they expect any different this time? Isn’t that the definition of insanity?

Where is the mayor in this? I would hope he would stand up for the city but I guess he is too busy with cataloging photo ops in preparation for his run for Governor.

Sean Stilwell
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Sean Stilwell

Can I assume the late model F-150 and literal RANGE ROVER in the rendering are the developers leaving the complex as it finishes construction?

lanny
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lanny

#29 – I have no idea where the mayor stands on continued concentration of low income residents; but I attended a meeting when Cynthia Newbille, the 7th district council representative, said that a low income project that “Better” Housing Coalition is currently doing in Union Hill…represents her vision for the 7th district. At least what’s planned for Glenwood is not all low income – but the low income tax credit application submitted by BHC states that residents of the Union Hill project will be 100% low income. Go figure…more enlightened communities all across the country are doing things different. At… Read more »

Jean
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Jean

The city has now decided to include all 3 civic associations in the shape of the housing project.

The community input deadline is now November 18th.

Email Kimberely.chen@richmondgov.com

J Trinity
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J Trinity

I read that the city now understand that they failed to include the citizens in this entire process.

The city
The developer
The community

Now we all get to weigh in.

The Greater Fulton Civic Assoc, The Church Hill Central District and the Church Hill Assoc have all been invited as of today, to participate as “consulting parties”

Now you know who to contact….make your voice heard

Paul
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Paul

@lanny (#31)

“At least what’s planned for Glenwood is not all low income”

I think different commenters and different articles aren’t consistent in what they mean when they say low income vs affordable. That causes confusion.

But Glenwood is using the same low income tax credit program that BHC Citadel of Hope is using and is going one step further down the rung in also having Section 8.

Neither Glenwood or BHC Citadel of Hope have any market rate units. If you aren’t happy with the Citadel of Hope income mix you definitely shouldn’t be happy about the Glenwood income mix. It is worse.

Clay Street
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Clay Street

I just reread the whole thread from January of this year, because I couldn’t recall offhand and I wanted to find the info. Section 8 will be preferred for the entire development, unless something’s changed.

https://chpn.net/2017/01/22/permit-filed-for-demolition-of-old-trolley-barn/

It’s also clear to me now the Newbille, for all of the public meetings and interactions with her constituents, really has not increased visibility or transparency at all on this or the process of development in general. Not a lot of meat to the info she shares.

Considering the new GRTC routes that will happen with the BRT, where will the nearest bus stop be?

LI
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LI

Chimbo Mart. But I don’t think it takes you to The Pulse.

sam
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sam

The BHC project has Section 8 vouchers, too.

lanny
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lanny

#38 – Yes indeedy it does.