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  1. Richmond will have hourly train service to Washington DC by 2030. Getting the travel time down to 2 hours will be breeze if we can build dedicated track for passenger trains, which just so happens to be in the long term plan for the rail line.
  2. I think this had been mentioned earlier but excellent news about the plant zero site. https://richmondbizsense.com/2021/09/15/developers-plan-apartment-building-on-part-of-plant-zero-property/
  3. Hopefully this isn’t final. I don’t care very much about the Monroe building but the old part of the Pocahontas building and the Supreme Court building shouldn’t be demolished. Don’t know why the state doesn’t just sell off the old Pocahontas building and Supreme Court building as I’m sure developers would love to revitalize them as the views of the capitol could be a big selling point. The state should be focused on developing their acres of undeveloped land to the east of the capitol instead of tearing down buildings that are historic and productive to the urban core.
  4. Once again the investigators of urban planet have beaten actual journalists to the punch in finding information on development projects. Here’s the bizsense article for the new locks buildings. https://richmondbizsense.com/2021/08/11/developers-plan-to-build-apartments-in-final-two-locks-buildings/
  5. https://richmondbizsense.com/2021/07/28/chesterfield-plans-to-buy-spring-rock-green-shopping-center-for-16m/ chesterfield planning a dense mixed use development for the shopping center across midlothian turnpike from the old clover leaf mall
  6. This isn’t just a Richmond area trend. Since streetcar lines were torn up in the mid 20th century and the federal government subsidized car centric development, almost all transportation funding has gone to highways in pretty much every municipality across the country with a few exceptions. While we can create a very dense neighborhood even with 6 and 12 story buildings (something similar to European cities), it is disappointing that we can’t get 12 stories along our busiest transportation corridor due to NIMBYs who would only get positive effects from the rezoning. I think that if the city im
  7. Looks like soil sampling. Pretty sure they wouldn’t be doing it unless they were planning to build something that would require lots of excavation. Good sign for things to come at this site!
  8. If demand is there, I have no doubt that another airline snaps up those routes, especially having zero competition with JetBlue out. This is just a temporary setback that could allow another airline to enter the RIC to west coast market.
  9. https://richmondbizsense.com/2021/05/27/210-townhomes-planned-for-westchester-commons-shopping-center/ Chesterfield continues to add density to Westchester Commons. Love this move by Chesterfield in encouraging apartments and townhomes on underused parking lots in shopping centers. Helps not just the urban design of the centers but also increases tax revenue for the county. Glad to see Chesterfield beginning to embrace more urban style development concepts. Hopefully we start seeing more and more shopping centers in the Richmond area that are underutilized be redeveloped into dense, mix
  10. I don’t think this had been posted yet but here is Chesterfields vision for the courthouse road and hill street intersection. Love the density, hopefully it actually gets built like this and we see other nodes pop up like this throughout the metro area. Plans like this at major intersections that add density could be good in encouraging chesterfield, henrico and Hanover to adopt BRT or Light rail in order to help manage their population growth.
  11. Great news that this is being finalized. Hopefully Virginia has even more ambitious passenger rail plans in place so if the Biden administration opens up the billions being proposed for passenger rail expansion, Virginia can capitalize and expand service even more, such as building the s-line to Raleigh or implementing east-west service. For now, I definitely look forward to using the new services.
  12. https://richmondbizsense.com/2021/03/29/land-deal-clears-way-for-201-unit-apartment-complex-in-chester/ This should add a little density to Chester.
  13. Another Manchester lot hits the market. https://richmondbizsense.com/2021/03/17/full-city-block-across-from-legend-brewing-in-manchester-hits-market/
  14. The bizsense article also linked some other renderings of other sites in henrico poised for redevelopment. https://henrico.us/projects/public-design-charrette/
  15. Great find! Seems like something that would be built in Manhattan or Brooklyn. Very urban. Love it! I don’t know how financial feasible a tower like this would be in Richmond due to lower land costs but it looks great and I’d love to see towers like this pop up all over Monroe ward and the cbd.
  16. The land that chesterfield purchased will never be anything industrial. As someone who grew up in he area close to this land, if something like a large manufacturing facility was proposed there, the amount of nimbyism would make the NIMBYs in the city look like weak. The powhite extension is a complete waste of money, as induced demand will only spur more single family residential development and add further gridlock to roads like Hull street and Midlothian turnpike and will make traffic on the powhite worse than it already is. Would have loved to see this money go towards building a light rai
  17. Henrico may be able to get the arena built but it will most likely turn into another bad suburban arena similar to the palace at auburn hills or pnc arena in Raleigh. No way are they gonna be able to find tenants for 2 million square feet of office space, especially now with the amount of office space being leased across the country expected to decline. While I wish that it was located along the pulse line in or directly adjacent to downtown, Brent brings up a very good point in that a lot of people who use the arena would probably eat at restaurants in the city, shop in Cary town and along br
  18. Another lot in Shockoe along Main Street was just sold. Hopefully we get something of decent height since they paid 3 times it’s market value. https://richmondbizsense.com/2020/11/19/half-acre-shockoe-bottom-lot-sells-to-mystery-buyer-for-1-9m/
  19. https://www.railpassengers.org/site/assets/files/16610/september_23_-_new_corridors.pdf A blueprint from the RPA about expanding Amtrak’s regional rail network. Lots of potential in the southeast. They didn’t show a Charlottesville to RVA connection which is alittle confusing seeing how that seems like the next new route in Virginia, however, a network like this could open up so many new travel opportunities south of Richmond that could boost ridership like crazy. I think it said in the article that the systems projected ridership at buildout would be in the 30m range, which is about as many
  20. Those lots will be filled in within the next 20 years. As the riverfront fills up, development will head inland and start to fill up a lot of those surface parking lots. Can’t wait to look at Manchester in day 20 years and see all the lots that will be filled. Also, loving the slope that Manchester’s skylines starting to have. Would love to see 3+ Story development trickle down Semmes and hull street towards belt boulevard and forest hill.
  21. Height of the project makes sense as I’m sure residents of the apartment building directly behind it would have a fit if it blocked their views of the river, making it almost impossible for the project to pass. Not a huge fan of the architecture but love the density in that area.
  22. Huge news. With the states owning the line, this could make electrification a breeze in the future. With 2.6 million additional riders projected per year between Richmond and dc, I wonder how much a similar level of service from Richmond to Raleigh could attract in passenger numbers.
  23. Definently a great idea that could create a one of a kind space. Like y’all said, I hope they do this right and consult leaders in the African American community. Hopefully with Main Street station servicing 30+ trains per day under the DC2RVA plan that that could draw some increased tourism to the site and really help it become a hub for tourism in the city. It will be interesting to see how the city balances this with The need for land in order to expand Main Street station to accommodate future passenger rail service though.
  24. Exactly, sunbelt cities have a completely different “bone structure” than Richmond, which is layed out like the previously mentioned northern cities. Richmknd shouldn’t focus on trying to become a sunbelt city in terms of planning because most sunbelt cities are planned quite poorly. Richmond has the “bones” to have one of the best transportation networks in the country with BRT, commuter and light rail branching out to every corner of the city. Richmond could have all these if city and state leaders showed the ambition and didn’t let NIMBY’s stop every ambitious project that could help Richm
  25. That rendering of the boulevard is straight up sexy.
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