Posts Tagged ‘2nd Street Connector’

However, nearly three months after they began investigating, Richmond city officials have yet to get to the bottom of the demolition of a piece of pre-Civil War wall on city property near the Tredegar Iron Works that happened as work on the road began in October.  Link

“Approaching the site from the west, at around 2 pm. on Oct. 16th, I encountered a small “Bobcat” type bulldozer demolishing the last few feet of the wall.

Yesterday, despite promises for full exploration of the historic significance of the site, over 150 feet of century old structural canal brick wall was destroyed.

This topography drawing shows that there are good sight lines for an amphitheater without damaging the canal. Will Venture Richmond, which say it represents ‘downtown’, respect neighbors’ wishes to protect the historic canal?

The first graphic is a drawing that Venture Richmond sent today of the proposed damage to the Kanawha Canal for the proposed amphitheater. They propose slicing the south bank of the historic canal and infilling the canal to make a smooth slope. The Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association (OHNA) passed a resolution against damaging the canal.

Dr. Trout, former president of the American Canal Society and Va. Canals and Navigation Society, sent Mr. Berry of Venture Richmond the following letter concerning the Kanawha Canal:

After giving the situation some thought, I am resigning from my lead volunteer position of the Richmond Folk Festival‘s Green Team in protest of Venture Richmond’s role in pushing the 2nd Street Connector proposal, which evidently comes before City Council on Monday night.

March 15, 2012

VIA EMAIL TO: Bruce.Tyler@Richmondgov.com
The Honorable Bruce Tyler
City Council
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23219 USA

Re: 2nd Street Connector Information

Dear Honorable Council Member,

The proposed 2nd Street connector would cause a major change in the character of the area.  I think it is very important to fully understand the proposal and the various factors involved. Read the rest of this entry »


James River & Kanawha Canal Locks 1-5
Between 10th and 13th Streets, North of Byrd St.
HAER No. VA-23

Historic American Engineering Record
National Park Service
Department of the Interior
Washington, D. C. 20240

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Dominion Resources getting it’s road.

….Richmond is preparing to build a new road to its downtown riverfront, while keeping open a remnant of the city’s historic canal system to one day float boats again….The city would repay half the cost of the road over six years to Dominion, which is counting on a new commuter route for the 650 full-time employees at its corporate headquarters on the Tredegar riverfront….timesdispatch.com