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“Jones Corner”: A Proposed Green Space

Dear Members of Community,

I am asking the community for their thoughts on a farmer’s market at the corner of 2200 Carrington St. We would like to use this space for job fairs, booth spaces and food trucks. It is the owner’s wish to maintain this 1 acre plus lot as a green space for use by and for the community. This corner would ideally be known as “Jones Corner” to pay respect to the previous owner of the land and their convenient store that was located there some time ago.

“Jones Corner” would be a green space that would allow for up to 15 spaces. This space would allow for local vendors to sell fresh produce and freshly prepared foods, hold events such as job fairs, neighborhood yard sales, etc. This would not only be maintained as a green space, it may also offer potential employment and options to neighbors/residents. 

The site allows for a 36-inch walkway around the inner market. We will request from the city to designate 1 handicap parking space on North 22nd street by the alley. All walkways will make ease of access for persons in need of wheelchairs. We have proposed a grass area to be at the center of the site allowing for grass and shade trees as well as tables for general use. Tables will also be handicapped accessible. The proposed vendor spaces would be 12×15 ft underlayed with gravel creating a 12 ft perimeter around the market. Site 15 would be used for 2 porta potties one being ADA accessible.

We feel with the current developments in the area “Jones Corner” could become a central hub for outdoor neighborhood activities and assist in the revitalization of the Carrington Street corridor.

The vision is to create a multi-use space much like Forest Hill Farmers Market, Maymont Arts in the Park space, for use of the residents of the east end. If you’d like to see this idea become a reality. Email The New Vision Civic League. 

Sincerely,

Bryan Hatcher

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9 comments

Massimo Biasuzzi
Massimo Biasuzzi 12/21/2018 at 9:57 AM

Sounds great

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Kimberly Ann Paulsrud
Kimberly Ann Paulsrud 12/21/2018 at 10:40 AM

Love it!!

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Freda Green-Bolling 12/21/2018 at 11:59 AM

I am thinking leaving this space green would be an improvement over the style of single family house he built on Q Street? Overflow parking and congestion might be problematic for the residents who live in the area. Especially after the apartment complex on Venable Street is complete and fully occupied. He currently has a project under construction adjacent to this property. I am hoping it isn’t the same style as the last house he erected in our area…? #Undecided

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Gray O'Dwyer 12/21/2018 at 12:39 PM

The owner of this property has already made clear that any community use would have a 3-5 year time limit, and then he plans to build apartments on that site. It’s not worth the effort if we’re only going to lose in in a few years. Worse, the owner has made it clear that liability and insurance costs for any public use will be put on the community.

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Mickie Parker
Mickie Parker 12/21/2018 at 5:38 PM

Would be nice… better if it could be a permanent green space and not temporary.

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Jessee Marie
Jessee Marie 12/22/2018 at 1:23 AM

Gray O’Dwyer How has the property owner let this be made known? Is it printed or in a presentation?

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Jonathan 12/22/2018 at 7:35 AM

Bad idea considering the time limit. Just use the 17th street farmers market

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Gray O
Gray O'Dwyer 12/22/2018 at 9:49 AM

Jessee Marie It’s Brian Traylor of Unlimited Renovations. He has been pitching this to neighbors after numerous complaints about construction projects, (as I listen to the sweet sounds of a concrete mixer at 8 am on a Saturday twenty five feet from my bedroom window) and lack of community engagement. He told me and told others that he wants to “give back” (read: make money off empty land while he gets financing together) but also that nothing is going to stop him putting an apartment building on that site within 3-5 years

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Sonny 12/23/2018 at 6:15 AM

I met with both Mr. Traylor (and Bryan who posted this on Traylor/Unlimited Renovations behalf) on the 17th of Dec. (not sure if they submitted this to chpn before that because this drawing and idea is a first revision and it was discussed that multiple food trucks for this corner is not what is best for the area (a SUP is needed to allow that to happen).

Our talks surrounded around a potential playground/park space for kids and yes the funding for these things would be the responsibility of the community.

Mr. Traylor did not disclose what he will ultimately build there, but the idea is that an assessment to build on the lots will be looked at again in three years. There are other empty lots along the Carrington Corridor and the idea was that maybe if Unlimted Renovations decides to build on the lots the playground/park can be moved to another empty developer lot should that developer be open to the idea.

Ultimately the space isn’t going to be used for the next three years minimum, and Unlimted Renovations has offered the space as the community desires and should the community also have a means for financing what goes into making it possible minus preliminary landscaping. This will probably be discussed further at the next New Visions Civic League Meeting in January.

This is info I got from talks with both Bryan’s on Monday…

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