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Union Hill Updates!

Held March 6, 2019 at 6:30pm

Please note: Moving forward, meetings will be held at Challenge Discovery Projects Headquarters located at 2405 Jefferson Avenue. Please invite neighbors!

The new leadership team was introduced as follows:

Rachel Pater – President
Liz Opalak – Vice President
Ryan Kolb – Treasurer
Sharron Smith – Secretary
Carla Siqueiros – Communications

Representatives from the Richmond Police Dept. were present. Officer Burnett reported there has been a rise in motor vehicle theft/break-ins in our neighborhood. However there is a decrease in violent crimes. He reiterated the impact of car break-ins and advised neighbors to lock their cars and remove any valuable items from view. He urged neighbors to be vigilant and report when they see something suspicious. No crime is too small to contact them.
Officer Burnett can be contacted at
O: 804-646-3602
C: 804-803-2654

The Health Hub
Natalie Pennywell from the VCU Health Hub gave a report on this exciting project and is looking for ideas and feedback on how the health, eduction, and wellness facility can best serve the community.
Contact info: or 804-828-1186.

Special Use Permits
Matt Jarreau gave building updates for future developments and asked for UHCA/community support for Special Use Permits that are needed to build single-family dwellings at 802 N. 22nd St and 2217 and 2219 Cedar St.

Plans can be accessed here and comments for the project can be addressed to Mr. Jarreau at

Community Committees and City Projects
Genni Sasnett reported on the Viewshed Committee and identifying viewsheds with historical importance and Shockoe Valley street improvements.

There will be a meeting on March 27, 2019 at City Hall from 2-5pm regarding Shockoe Streets Improvement project. Concerns about the historic grid will be considered.

A report on the Pulse Corridor Plan was also shared regarding work to get the city to reconsider recognizing historic areas.

If anyone wants to learn more about the Shockoe Streets Improvement Project or the Pulse Corridor TOD1 they can contact Genni at

To join or get more info about the Viewshed Committee, please contact Eugenia Ellis Anderson at

Organization in Focus – Blue Sky Fund
Amanda Godbold Payne, Interim Executive Dir. of Blue Sky Fund gave a presentation on the history of the program that connects East End children to the natural environments in our region. The organization provides experiences for elementary, middle, and high school students through in-school, after-school, weekend, and summer programs.
Fundraising- They are doing a profit sharing event with Union Market on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The program is looking for volunteers!

Jefferson Avenue Task Force
Mary Field gave an update on the Jefferson Avenue Task Force.

Clean City Update
Nancy Lampert gave a Clean City update.
Recycling Event will be at Thompson Middle School on May 12, 2019
Details will be posted in the next newsletter.

Union Hill Civic Association Picnic- Call for Volunteers
East End Festival – Call for Volunteers
East End Library – “Classics you Forgot to Read” is just one of the many programs offered by the library- Stop by for a calendar of events and to explore all of their programming.

Community Happenings

7th District Meeting
March 26, 2019
6-7:30 pm
with Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille
Richmond East District Initiative Government Services Building
701 North 25th Street; Richmond, Virginia
2019 Meetings found here

UHCA Community Picnic -June 2, 2019
Volunteers Needed!

East End Music Festival – June 8 & 9, 2019
Volunteers Needed!
For more information contact Joseph Rogers at

Additional Updates

Mayor to Host Town Hall Meetings for Proposed FY2020 Budget

Richmond, VA – Mayor Levar M. Stoney will be hosting community town hall meetings over the coming weeks to discuss his proposed FY2020 budget. The mayor presented his fully balanced budget to Richmond City Council on Wednesday, March 6, which includes an investment of $18.5 million for Richmond Public Schools, $16.2 million for roads and sidewalks, $2.9 million for affordable housing, an additional $965,000 for increased GRTC service and $485,000 in funding for eviction diversion.

Below are the scheduled Town Hall meetings:

Tuesday, March 19
6:30 – 8 p.m.
East End
Woodville Elementary School
2000 N. 28th St.

Thursday, March 21
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Southside Community Center
6335 Old Warwick Rd.

Wednesday, March 27
6:30 – 8 p.m.
West End
Thomas Jefferson High School
4100 W. Grace St.

Tuesday, April 2
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Northside Family YMCA
7207 Old Brook Rd.
For more information, please contact Tameka Jefferson at or call (804) 646-6936.


Devan 03/20/2019 at 7:31 AM

Hey guys, the link to the SUP plans says file not found after I click on it. Maybe just me but wanted to let you know.


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