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Efforts to continue through summer for the construction at the 17th St Farmers Market

The Richmond Times Dispatch recently covered that the 17th Street Farmers Market in Shockoe will not be completed until summer’s end. This is not necessarily surprising knowing all of the delays that have already occurred this past year.

“The goal is to wrap it up near the end of the summer,” said Jeannie Welliver, the project manager overseeing the project for the city’s Economic and Community Development Department.

Welliver blamed delays on coordinating utility installation and relocation at the site, as well as bad weather that she said set the project back.

If you happened to be at the East End Festival, you saw there’s still a good amount of work to do.

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jean Mcdaniel
jean Mcdaniel
2 years ago

Who is going to be responsible for making whole those businesses that were put out or business because of this debacle? I can only speak of those I know about for sure. River City Diner has been closed for over six months. The owner had no choice because even though the City put up signs saying “we are open” , you could not park or walk down the sidewalk. There was NO BUSINESS. I am sure that there are others and knowing what hard work, long hours and dedication Scott put into his restaurant, I am beyond angry that the… Read more »

jean Mcdaniel
jean Mcdaniel
2 years ago

Also, should he decide to sell, this will affect his asking price since that is reached by total sales receipts over a certain period of time.

Jeannie Casey Saxton
Jeannie Casey Saxton
2 years ago

Ugh

Chris Houlihan
Chris Houlihan
2 years ago

“Utility Coordination” and “Bad Weather”… Is that what we’re calling gross mismanagement these days? There was a ton of work that could have been done last fall when the weather was nice, and didn’t involve utility relocation. There is no excuse for this. Just the exact same mismanagement that has recently taken place with Kanawha Plaza and Monroe Park.

Paul C Hammond
Paul C Hammond
2 years ago
Reply to  Chris Houlihan

Don’t know if you noticed, but we had record rainfall this past month and it’s going to rain again today.

Chris Houlihan
Chris Houlihan
2 years ago
Reply to  Chris Houlihan

The market was torn up and fenced off almost a year ago. This month’s weather wouldn’t be an issue if they had finished the project by now. Something that they had previously promised.

Chris Houlihan
Chris Houlihan
2 years ago
Reply to  Chris Houlihan

After they tore up the market, they did little to nothing for 6-8 months. Time that should have been spent working.

Robert J. Smith III
Robert J. Smith III
2 years ago
Reply to  Chris Houlihan

I walked by on over 30 different days with good weather and nothing was going on…nobody was there!

Chris Houlihan
Chris Houlihan
2 years ago
Reply to  Chris Houlihan

Exactly! A huge frustration for everyone that cares about that neighborhood, let alone makes their livelihood in the area. The lack of transparency and accountability hasn’t helped things.
If this were a private development project, someone would be getting sued, fired, or both by now.

Heather
Heather
2 years ago

This is why insurance is so important. These businesses should be able to claim against their business income coverage if they had to close because of this. Their insurance companies will decide if they want to subrogate against the city since the city is actually responsible for the closure. If there were enough subrogation claims against the city due to their irresponsible handling of projects, they may be forced to change the way they do things.

Red
Red
2 years ago

Mmmm…like why is this situation a surprise to anyone? Voters put into office a mayor who has: no fiscal education; no business experience; is an admitted liar; and outspokenly anti-business.

Bruno
Bruno
2 years ago

The biggest boondoggle that I have ever lived through and I been around for a few doozies.

Shame on the City and its project management skills. Non-existent. People are telling me it’s really sad.

ilya
ilya
2 years ago

@11

“Plans to overhaul the market space date back to 2012 and were expected to be completed as early as September 2015. The project hit another snag in 2016 when construction bids came in higher than expected.”

I don’t think a mayor who came into office in 2017 is entirely to blame here.

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