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May 23, 2011. Richmond is preparing to outsource maintenance of the city’s vehicle fleet, a move expected to both save millions of dollars and set the stage for construction of a new baseball stadium next to The Diamond.
Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones, who has endorsed the Boulevard site for a new stadium, issued a request for information in October on outsourcing fleet maintenance and conducted environmental tests on the entire Parker Field site this year. Link
A Richmond employee used a city vehicle and excavator to dig up a stump at his Henrico County home, according to a new report from the city auditor.
The unnamed employee, identified as a lead mason in the Department of Public Works, also admitted to going home during work hours, according to a new investigative report posted on the website of City Auditor/Inspector General Umesh Dalal. Link
The council voted 7-2 Monday to ask Mayor Dwight C. Jones to find $50,000 to hire outside consultants to help vet the plan to build a ballpark in Shockoe Bottom.
Agelasto later voted in favor of the resolution, but he raised doubts about its effectiveness, saying there’s nothing that compels the Jones administration to work with the consultant. Link
They were there for a positive reason, not a negative one. They were prepared to abide by the decision of the people on the stadium, on the $100 million in public money to be spent, on basic decisions greatly affecting the future of Richmond. Link
The current Shockoe Bottom development fiasco which has pitted neighbor against neighbor, stirred racial divisiveness not seen since … well, the last time a city administrator proposed building a stadium in the Bottom, and inspired a countless number of new resident pride movements not paid for by city (or Democratic Party) coffers, seems to have confirmed the adage, if its cooked up in an economic development office, it must be a rotten fish (at least MY grandpa always said that, I think). City residents are decidedly NOT evenly divided on this issue. Their is outrage (No Stadium in the Bottom), befuddlement, harsh language (LootingRVA) and even what seems like a new RVA religious movement, (ouRVA). Link
As more of Richmond’s old industrial buildings are turned to apartments, city planners are worried that some urban dwellers might not get enough of a rather essential commodity: natural light.
In early 2013, the commission recommended denial for a 13-apartment rehabilitation project in Shockoe Bottom because two units didn’t have traditional windows. The project was later approved by the City Council. Link
Richmond made less than half of its required $500,000 contribution to the Washington Redskins for the team’s first training camp in the city, creating a shortfall that will cause the local offering of services, goods or cash to increase for the next six years. Link
For Immediate Release
March 6, 2014
Better Government Richmond calls on Mayor Jones and City Council to address two issues regarding the proposed “Revitalize RVA” plan: Read the rest of this entry »
Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:00 AM
To Mayor Jones, members of City Council, members of the City Planning Commission,
Monroe Park, the James River and Kanawha Canal, and Shockoe Bottom are three of the most historically and environmentally sensitive sites in Richmond. We are alarmed that it appears that these sites are under siege and that vast city resources are being devoted to plans that would cause a degradation and damage to these important sites with little regard for obvious and prudent alternatives. The City of Richmond should respect its important historic and environmental resources and evaluate development plans by considering how these plans support and reinforce these resources. Read the rest of this entry »