Presentation on the Capital Region Collaborative, a pro-business group that include 9 localities surrounding Richmond which is "a partnership between the Greater Richmond Chamber [of Commerce] and the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission." The presentation was given to members of City Council by Bob Crum, Executive Director, Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, and Wendy Burtner-Owens, Project Manager for the
Capital Regional Collaborative.
Docket Review that included some contentious items.
Items discussed included:
Ord. 2012-4 pertaining to the "1% for the Arts" Program which would limit the amount to no more than $250,000 for each qualifying project. Mr. Hilbert had questions and Mrs. Robertson also had comments. Both Council persons support a monument to Maggie Walker, the famous first African-American woman banker. [7:06]
Res. 2013-R47 "To reverse the decision of the Commission of Architectural Review which denied a certificate of appropriateness for vinyl replacement windows on a home located at 2916 Monument Avenue." [17:34]
Res. 2013-R48 chickens!
Public comments from Valerie West [0:31] and Lee Crowell [4:49] related to the papers pertaining to urban hens.
Deborah Corliss and Dr. Louise Einolf, co-chairs of the Patrick Henry Charter School spoke to the committee [9:25] about desiring a long term lease on Patrick Henry School and wanting to use more of the building.
A half hour discussion on the merits of vinyl windows on a Monument Avenue home. The Commission of Architectural Review [C.A.R.] would prefer the recently replaced windows made of vinyl be taken out and replaced with expensive wooden windows. Special appearance from Bill Pantele, former Council President and 2nd District Council member, who was representing the individual who had replaced the windows.
Meeting Start Time: 3:04 PM
Deana Rhodeside, Director of Rhodeside & Harwell, Inc. gave a 23 minute presentation on her firm's vision for improvements along the Hull Street corridor in south Richmond and Chesterfield County. The plan called for creating more green spaces, developing housing, additional landscaping, and adding more sidewalks and bicycle pathways. A key feature of the plan was the development of four themed "urban centers," including "Town & Family Entertainment Center" at Warwick Rd., "Design/Health+Wellness Center" at Chippenham Parkway at the Richmond/Chesterfield city limit, "Multi-Cultural Market Center" at Turner Road in Chesterfield, and "Live+Learn Center" at Walmsley Boulevard in Chesterfield.
Dr. Rhodeside's presentation was followed by roughly 10 minutes of questions and comments from Council members.