Jonathan Spiers from Richmond BizSense recently covered the upcoming final location and designs for the police department’s new equestrian center. The implications for the neighborhood are promising, as a mounted unit could provide more presence during the day and evening hours.
Richmond’s mounted unit dates back to 1894, making it one of the oldest continuously operating units in the country, according to the police department’s website.
The unit’s stables have been located at 801 Brook Road since 1972, but maintenance problems and flooding from storms have prompted the city to seek a replacement. A project description included in a UDC staff report notes that in 2004 and 2008, flooding from tropical storms trapped horses at the location and caused 3- to 4-foot-high water, mud and sewage to pour through the stables.
The plans for the new stables now go to the planning commission for final approval. Documents submitted to the UDC did not reflect a timeframe for the project.