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CAR considering several projects in East End

It’s a packed agenda filled with a lot of local projects to consider on the next CAR meeting! This meeting will be held on Tuesday March 26th on the 5th Floor Conference Room of City Hall at 3:00 p.m. Let’s get started!


Before we start, let’s consider why these are important. The comments that you make on this site or social media are not part of the official record, so if you have a specific concern, be sure to make it to the meeting or contact CAR directly. During the CAR meetings, public comment are heard after the applicant’s explanatory remarks of the case and before CAR deliberation. Ok, NOW let’s get started.


COA-050774-20192100 E. Clay Street — Demolish two brick piers

2100 E. Clay Street

COA-050743-2019 – 101 North 29th Street – Amend previously approved plans to alter the porch enclosure and garage.

COA-050176-2019807-809 North 24th Street – Construct two new, semi-attached, single-family residences.

COA-050178-2019418 North 23rd Street – Construct a new single-family residence.

COA-050750-20192007 Cedar Street – Construct a new, multi-family residence.

COA-050421-20193315 East Marshall Street – Replace decorative steel posts on front porch with wooden posts.

COA-050780-20192901 M Street – Construct two new, semi-attached, multi-family residences.

COA-050433-2019411 North 22nd Street – Construct a new, single-family residence.

COA-050408-20192311 Carrington Street – Construct a new, single-family residence.

COA-050423-20192816 East Franklin Street – Demolish a one-story, masonry garage, and construct a new, two-story accessory building.

COA-050404-20192516 East Marshall Street – Construct three new, single-family residences.

COA-050218-2019962-964 Pink Street– Construct two new, single-family attached residences.

COA-050432-201919 North 29th Street – Partially enclose and screen-in a rear porch, and add glazing to an existing door.


Church Hill People's News 03/22/2019 at 8:38 AM

Check out all the cool projects, folks. Lots of info!

Kim Chen 03/22/2019 at 2:36 PM

The business portion of the CAR meeting begins at 3:30 and the Commission begins the review of projects at 4:00.

Chloe Rote 03/22/2019 at 3:03 PM

I know these take so much time—thank you thank you for always putting them together!

Church Hill People's News 03/22/2019 at 4:28 PM

You’re probably one of the few who appreciates these! I think they’re fun- especially reading the proposals.

L 03/23/2019 at 5:21 PM

2516 E Marshall Street is comically awful! What the hell are they thinking???

Also – I enjoy looking at these as well. I’ll second what Chloe said: thank you!

Eric S. Huffstutler 03/25/2019 at 12:15 PM

The idea with new infills, and has always been on the books, is that they look like structures in the immediate area. If there are Victorian Italianate then, that is what the new buildings should also look like. From the sketches, the new structures seem to fit that bill and I am not opposed to them. ?

The only objection I have are with the porch roofs, especially the hip roof designs. I am seeing them being built new as well as being rebuilt, incorrectly with the angles off or having no curve to them, like the originals.

Jessica Nelson 03/25/2019 at 12:38 PM

2516 E Marshall is NOT OKAY. I am on that block and SEVERAL of us are going to CAR on Tuesday to protest this plan. Please join us and if you can’t come, write a letter and we will take it with us!!!!

Eric S. Huffstutler 03/25/2019 at 2:22 PM

Is there anything showing how the buildings will look at 2516 E, Marshall? Someone over at Nextdoor is concerned and asking for people to voice the same about construction that does not match the surrounding area (3 story when neighboring houses are only 2). This side of the block does fall within the O&H District so is protected and has to follow guidelines… Here is what I found and posted there:

According to the O&H (Old and Historic Districts) of Richmond Virginia “Handbook and Design Review Guidelines” which is online through the CAR’s link…

Page 46:
3. New buildings should face the most prominent street bordering
the site.

Page 47:
1. New residential construction should respect the typical height of
surrounding residential buildings.

This would mean that 1) it can not be taller than the surrounding buildings and 2) E Marshall is the prominent road in this case and one of the houses need to face it.

The O&H book has been rewritten over the years and many of the “strict” guidelines that were in place have been replaced with a bunch of loopholes on Page 43, including these last words:

“All of the guidelines need not be met in every project although all relevant sections of the guidelines should be taken into consideration in both the design and the review processes”

Eric S. Huffstutler 03/25/2019 at 2:41 PM

Oops… I found and saw the new construction line drawings (should have a better computer-generated illustration of how they will look in reality). There are pros and cons. I get it where they are trying to maximize the space – more bang for the buck. And they are trying to match the Nolde’s building architecture across the street. But at the same time, not sure how the CAR will chime in on the one aspect about a new infill should face the prominent street (E Marshall)?

Kim Chen 03/25/2019 at 2:56 PM

The application for 2516 East Marshall Street has been withdrawn from the CAR agenda for tomorrow, March 26. It will not be considered at the meeting.

Eric S. Huffstutler 03/25/2019 at 3:45 PM

The lot these are being built on is owned by Romero LLC. So is the empty lot across the street listed as 315 N 26th Street but it is 35 feet shorter. Can just eliminate the courtyard and place it there and it is not in the O&H District. And he could have also sold the house (2603 E Marshall) next to that empty lot parking since he owns it as well and sold it for a good price. The configuration then would have allowed a Marshall Street frontage making an L shape building and still have space behind for a courtyard and would be on a block with an industrial commercial residential building.

Eric S. Huffstutler 03/25/2019 at 4:47 PM

Looking at the engineering plans that has the facade drawings, they look nothing like their description of Italianate or Greek Revival styles. More like the plain bland masonry block building they say will be covered either in concrete or stucco. Also, they are misleading by saying it is “three new, single-family residences” when in fact, are at least 9 resident units or more (3 floors each with a family or more per floor)

Heather Lozito 03/25/2019 at 6:05 PM

Kim Chen the 2516 E Marshall St proposal still appears on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting. How can we validate your information?

Eric S. Huffstutler 03/25/2019 at 6:24 PM

Until Kim chimes in, read the top block of Page 2 of this CAR Staff Report which denies the developer’s proposal.

Heather Lozito 03/25/2019 at 8:18 PM

Eric – i appreciate your recommendation to read the second page of the report. While I’ve read the report in its entirety Saturday, I didn’t see specifics to it being removed from the agenda. I don’t want to assume that I don’t need to attend the meeting as I wouldn’t want CAR to have the impression that residents are not opposed to the plan as well for similar reasons reflected in the staff comments.

Kim Chen 03/25/2019 at 9:09 PM

Heather it was withdrawn from the agenda this morning. Call 646.6335 to verify.

Heather Lozito 03/26/2019 at 11:14 AM

I was able to confirm Kim Chen’s information and it has been removed from today’s agenda.

Kwesi C Brookins 03/27/2019 at 6:39 PM

Hey, I’m new. What doe CAR stand for?

Gustavo 03/27/2019 at 9:04 PM Reply
DK 03/28/2019 at 1:28 PM

Actually, it is Commission of Architectural Review.


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