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  1. This article talks about the current status of hotels in the area. As expected, there’s been a ton of lost revenue and taxes for hotels in the region (down 40.3% in June from June a year ago and an overall occupancy rate of 43%, down from72%), but surprisingly, there are 20 sporting events taking place between mid July and Labor Day, which will fill more than 13K hotels rooms during that period. As you all know, sports tourism is big in the area, but due to the pandemic, most of the events scheduled this summer canceled. Many of those events are rescheduled for next summer, which is shaping up to be a strong sports tourism year, if things normalize by then. Another bright spot for local hotels has been the steady increase of hotels booked from travelers passing through. Hotel business has tripled over the business they saw back in March and April due to walk-in business of travelers looking to stay the night while traveling by car (since flying is somewhat still unpopular given the state of the Pandemic). Anyway, a good article that gave me a bit of hope for the hoteliers in the area and a good indication of the state of the local economy. Things appear to be improving, but it is uncertain how long it will take to get things back to pre-pandemic levels again. https://richmond.com/business/richmond-areas-hotel-occupancy-and-tax-collections-down-significantly-but-tourism-bright-spot-this-summer/article_15b470f6-168f-5b5d-b2d9-19333394e9a4.html
  2. Love these pics! The addition certainly beefs up the airport, but unfortunately, there is not a photo that includes the whole airport (terminal & concourses - need one of those)! My hope now is that RIC can fill the new space with new and/or expanded service! Kind of a tough time for that, but hope things get back to normal soon. Who knows, this whole COVID thing might shake things up a bit in the airline industry and maybe...just maybe we can become a focus city for some airline! Demand WILL rebound...our airport is very nice and there is plenty of space now! A perfect focus airport, perfect city! Fingers crossed we get noticed!
  3. If you want to see something really cool, check out the “Richmond had Rails” Facebook page. Way cool stuff in there about Richmond and its trolley system! Apparently, there’s even a documentary. I think I’m going to check it out.
  4. I don’t think so. For all others, if any, we can just start a new thread.
  5. Yeah, not very dense for its location. Just 4 stories...why? This is a prime location in SA and it’s on Broad St and all they could muster is a 4-story, 211-unit apartment building? Yeah, that’s kind of weak.
  6. Thought I’d post this because it sounds like a “good news” retail HQ story for Richmond, but honestly, after reading the article, I couldn’t figure out if Kroger was moving people to Richmond or what. Anyone know anything more on this? https://www.nbc12.com/2020/08/04/kroger-mid-atlantic-relocate-division-office-richmond/ Apparently, the RTD has an article on this as well with more details. Looks like they are leasing about 26K sq feet at 140 East Shore Dr off of Knuckles Rd in Henrico. Also, it appears that they will bring with them about 100 people - those from the Roanoke office have the option to relocate to Richmond. They weren't sure exactly how many people they would have in the new office in the end, but it sounds like it will be somewhere about 100 people. So, this IS a "good news" retail HQ story for Richmond! https://richmond.com/business/kroger-relocating-regional-headquarters-to-the-richmond-area-from-roanoke/article_3524db21-25a5-59a9-9c1a-67cf916f1343.html
  7. View of Richmond after the hurricane - taken today! (credit to mgc1991 on reddit)
  8. Thanks for the update - this is great to hear!
  9. All Richmond Forum Members, I just wanted to announce that Icetera is our new forum moderator and administrator. I want to thank him for stepping up and taking on this challenge. What that means for you is that he will be the point of contact any time we need any maintenance conducted on this forum (i.e. thread activation, re-titling threads, locking threads, moving items around, etc.). This will be a great opportunity to get things cleaned up and make this forum more user friendly. So, thank you again, Icetera - the forum is yours!
  10. Thanks for stepping up! I'll work with the UP team to see what the next step is. We'll keep in touch.
  11. Would anyone here be interested in being a forum moderator? This would give you the admin rights to make changes such as the ones we've been mentioning lately (for example, modifying threads, archiving threads, overall forum clean-up, etc.). I'm in talks with someone who can help, but wanted to throw this opportunity out there and offer this opportunity to all of you. Let me know as soon as possible.
  12. In all honesty, I like this development for the fact that it is a development, but just look at the plans here - it is so suburban for its location (you'd never think this is close to downtown). This needed to be a serious density project. I'm talking about the fact that there should have been high-rise apartments built on top of Whole Foods, for example. Then, there are the parking lots...what is this...Short Pump? Disappointing to say the least, but I'll take the development for development sake. Hope this thing morphs into something with a lot more density.
  13. Good point. I actually wondered what part of the Dominion property they put up for sale. I instinctively thought it included the office building as well. I guess not and if not, I think we might just be happy if they build what they had planned in the first place.
  14. This is the only thing I could find that is fairly recent: https://richmondbizsense.com/2019/06/07/sauer-eyes-new-office-building-800-space-parking-deck-near-whole-foods/ I don't see an apartment component though.
  15. That was the first thing I thought of when the announcement was made about the leadership change. After I learned that Farrell was still going to be around, I doubt that anything changes right now. If there is a change, I hope its that they are definitely going to build the tower - and not just build it, but build it taller. Based on a RBS article I saw about a month ago, looks like Dominion Energy is selling its large property in Innsbrook (link: https://richmondbizsense.com/2020/07/23/dominion-energy-looks-to-sell-piece-of-innsbrook-real-estate-holdings/). If that property is sold, where are all the workers who are in that building going? I'd love to think they'd come downtown and work in the new tower driving the possibility of building a taller tower. Perhaps I'm dreaming, but I can't help to think that it's a plausible scenario. Also, can't help but think of the possible additional positions in Richmond based on Dominion's purchase of the energy company down in South Carolina.
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