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  1. A lot of the lack of height in Richmond has to do with property values downtown. The higher land values are, the more residential units and office space developers will have to build on each lot in order to make up for the cost of the lot. Land values in the CBD will have to increase, otherwise it won’t make sense for developers to build tall (unless they want to make a statement).
  2. 7 story apartment building going up on the northwest corner of the intersection of canal and first. https://richmondbizsense.com/2020/01/29/2m-deal-clears-way-for-7-story-one-canal-building-downtown/
  3. Very disappointing. Not very often Proposals like this come around that offer to reinvent a part of the city that has been stagnant for a while and will probably not show any signs of activity for decades. Was this plan risky? Yes. Was it the best plan that could have been proposed? No. Did the mayor and NH Corp handle the public input process the best? Probably not. Will Richmond get an opportunity to redevelop this area and add the amount of residential units, as well as hotel rooms, commercial space and affordable housing units in the city center again? Not for at least another 50 years. Richmond city council showed that they are buffoons and have no desire to even work with the developers and will miss out on the largest economic development project proposed in the city in years. Sorry for ranting, it’s very disappointing that it seems city council won’t even consider revising the plan and are just flat out rejecting it.
  4. Last I checked the estimate was about $5 billion, so I’m guessing it would need federal funding of some sort. I’m also assuming that they would knock out the cheapest parts first, which would largely be between Ashland and Fredericksburg since it’s relatively flat and isn’t densely populated.
  5. No timeline from what I’ve seen. The project needs to secure funding first.
  6. Exactly, until a bypass is built, which I think with enough pressure, like the 20 NIMBYs will have to cave
  7. It won’t just be for the northern Virginia region. This will add a third track along the entire corridor except thru Ashland, where Hanover county NIMBYs had their way in preventing a bypass west of the town. It will also add 9 new round trips between DC and RVA and will increase service to Main Street station by routing all new trains and all existing trains thru downtown Richmond. It will also increase the maximum speed on the corridor up to 90 mph and improve reliability.
  8. Thank you for finding this. For those of us who don’t have the chance to go to Richmond very often, it’s great to get picture updates to know how the projects are going. So many of these projects look amazing! I love 2500 main is turning out and all the Manchester developments are incredible. Also, something that surprised me is how good the new locks tower is looking. I didn’t think that it would look great in the renderings but having seen the pics, I think it actually looks great.
  9. Found the presentation for the Fulton Yards project. In it shows the site plans for the entire development and having seen it, it will be better than what is currently there but I’d love to see it denser with less surface parking lots. https://www.fultonforum.com/home/proposed-fulton-yard-development-presentation-available-here
  10. Also, Amtrak is around $33 dollars for a one way trip from Richmond to dc, so as long as amtrak is reliable (in my experience, it has been), then it’s around the same cost and time currently to drive (assuming little to no traffic) or take Amtrak. As for reliability, the DC2RVA project will also decrease travel times and improve reliability by adding additional track capacity.
  11. There are currently has 20 round trips on Amtrak between here and dc. Under the proposed DC2RVA project, that number is expected to jump up to around 30 daily round trips, up from 20 currently. Hopefully they increase the speed to make it fat enough to dominate the market share between Richmond and dc.
  12. Zoning allows for up to 12 stories, however, because the number of units and height is unknown, it could hopefully be more!
  13. While it would be nice to see a Monroe II, I doubt it will happen any time soon. The state owning the building almost eliminates the chance of anything being done. Other than a few exceptions, the state hasn’t really shown it can produce a decent looking building, much less and architectural gem. Best bet for something to happen here would be if the state sold the building to a private developer. However, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
  14. Putting up a sign like the one at the shock or valley bridge interchange would be great right before the 95 bridge.
  15. it should become more active at off peak hours with the increase in residential construction downtown. Adding transit, such as a downtown streetcar, BRT or LRT could help as well.
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