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  1. Manchester bridge is incredibly wide and doesn’t seem to see the amount of traffic it was designed for. Really, all you need is two lanes of traffic in each direction and that seems like it would do more than enough to suffice traffic demand there. I’m regards to hull street, I wouldn’t be surprised if the city has that part of the route on shared lanes, similar to the current segment between 14th and Fulton. Even though this would mean worse service than if dedicated lanes were installed, maybe it could be used as a phasing mechanism by the city to slowly introduce service and prove to business owners that having 4 lanes on hull in this section isn’t necessary to ensure smooth traffic flow.
  2. https://richmondbizsense.com/2022/01/06/former-sears-at-southpark-mall-to-be-replaced-with-280-apartments/ Looks like redevelopment at south park mall in colonial heights is starting with this apartment project. Very glad to see investment in this area of the region, it has great bones, just needs some investment and I think it could take off, especially as the areas closer to downtown Richmond become more expensive.
  3. @I miss RVAalot of these so called “preservationists” are racist residents in the fan that only want “their” neighborhood preserved and could care less about lower income or minority communities like Fulton bottom, Jackson Ward, navy hill or as was mentioned in the linked article, Randolph. They know nothing of what they actually associate themselves with.
  4. I highly disagree, both with the surrounding area vibrancy comments and with the level of train service that will be offered. there are so many parking lots surrounding the site. That large parking garage across from Bank of America field seems primed for redevelopment, especially if the panthers decide to build a new stadium in the city, which seems like it will be likely as they have one of the older stadiums in the league where the life cycle of stadiums is much shorter than it used to be. That plus the surrounding gateway parcels, the remaining parking lots to the east and all that land to the west of the tracks could lead to thousands, if not tens of thousands of housing units. And as far as Raleigh always having more trains than Charlotte, I wholeheartedly disagree. Raleigh is limited by the amount of intercity routes branching out from the city. They really can only have service to Richmond via the S-line, Greensboro via the NCRR, Columbia via the S-line and eastern North Carolina, most of which are smaller cities, not exceeding 300,000 in metro population. Charlotte has the planned HSR to Atlanta, service to Raleigh, as well as DC and the Virginia piedmont via the old southern route, Wilmington via the old s-line via hamlet and pembroke and Columbia via NS, which also gives access to Savannah, Charleston and Augusta. With a city the size of Charlotte with a high growth rate, that’s a lot of midsized and large cities that could have direct access to Charlotte via rail. Charlotte also has multiple regional lines that could run at high frequencies to places like kannapolis, Monroe, Davidson, rock hill and Gastonia. That’s a lot of potential train service if NC and it’s neighboring states get very serious about passenger rail over the next few decades.
  5. Was Costar secretly the developer of that tower?!?!?!
  6. I 100% agree with this analysis and it seems like it has so much potential. With that being said, I don’t think y’all should sell yourselves short, Charlotte has tremendous potential for passenger rail expansion, serving as a major lynchpin for the entire planned southeast rail network and I don’t think y’all should think small in terms of your station. While it currently serves 12 trains per day, the infrastructure proposal Amtrak has proposed would add an additional four trains to Atlanta, plus improvements to the piedmont and southeast regional line which could bring an unspecified number of new trains. Im honestly surprised that NC hasn’t followed VA’s lead on the NC railroad from Greensboro to Charlotte, seeing how it has potential to be a massive intercity and regional rail route. Seems like a dedicated double track right of way could be extremely beneficial in fostering commuter rail to Kannapolis or Salisbury, as well as Amtrak service to points north. As far as possible comparisons for a station, I really think Sacramento and Albany have great stations in terms of scale (for some reason, most of the old circular gateway renderings seem very small to me, like something you’d find in a city like Durham or Wilmington, not Charlotte). You don’t need constant pedestrian activity to have a decent sized passenger space as that is usually determined by maximum passengers using the station at peak times. While gateway won’t have the constant pedestrian activity like a station with a large regional rail network would have, doesn’t mean the station shouldn’t be able to handle that in the future, especially if it’s going to “last for the next 100 years.”
  7. Looks like we could see another new mixed use development in Manchester in the coming years. https://richmondbizsense.com/2021/12/23/developer-tom-papa-pays-2m-for-acre-on-decatur-with-old-warehouse/
  8. Figured I have time so might as well join y’all and make a wishlist for 2022. 1. BRT expansion! I’d love to see BRT expanded east to the airport, west to shortpump, north to VCC and south to the route 10/1 intersection. Henrico has been doing some great work with their design charrettes and they seem to really want to start adding density at key sites throughout the county and it seems like to encourage this development, they will turn to BRT. 2. Monroe Ward. Hopefully developers are encouraged by the 15 story tower going up on Grace and Monroe Ward and we see one or two 10+ story buildings in the neighborhood. 3. RIC service expansion. Would love to see Breeze announce even more expansion at RIC, particularly to west coast or international destinations. RIC seems to be one of the larger cities Breeze serves so I wouldn’t be surprised if we get atleast one international destination when they inevitably announce, and it will likely be boosted if we have the renovated international area. 4. Manchester. Would love to see more development along the Manchester canal, as well as more height (obviously) along hull and commerce. Hopefully we see more buildings over 5 stories start to fill up the area then expand down midlothian turnpike, hull street and route 1 towards chesterfield. 6. Jackson Ward. Excited for the admiral, it seems like it could set a tone for the neighborhood. Hopefully we see a few more 8+ story buildings announced for the neighborhood and we see the beginning of a building boom. I’m sure I’m missing something but that’s what I could think of off the top of my head.
  9. Wish they’d atleast reroute it via the I-295 route, most people that don’t stop in RVA take that route anyway to get to NPN or if they are going south.
  10. I have a solution ;D. Let’s just bulldoze I-95, that way the Monroe tower could be torn down, the street grid could be restored and it could be appealing for residential development. While we’re at it, let’s tear out the downtown expressway from city stadium to its current terminus!!! If only. As far as Monroe, I’m a historic preservation major so I like to think I have alittle more knowledge than the layman when it comes to preserving such a building from a government perspective. However, don’t count me in with the idiot “preservationists” in the fan that get mad when a parking lot is bulldozed because it has “character”, not all of us are like that. Being built in the 1980s, Monroe isn’t legally old enough to qualify for any government preservation programs such as the NR or historic districts”(threshold is 50 years), so there is no legal standing that could be used to prevent the state from knocking it down. As much as I’d agree that I’d love to see the building redeveloped, I don’t think it would be financially feasible for a developer to do so, as it would take an absolutely massive amount of money to do. I-95 is such an eyesore and it makes any development between the state capital and MSS difficult because of navigating around the highways (hence me constantly wanting them torn down). As far as demolition, my bet is they’d do something like what was done with James river plaza and put a large debris screen up on the east side of the building, then close down I-95 for an hour or so but I could be very wrong, not a demolition expert.
  11. “ Same with my sports teams giving me false hope is the worse thing you can do to me.“ Let me guess, you’re a Washington fan too? ;D
  12. Don’t want to be a negative Nancy, I’d love to see a developer repurpose this tower, replace the parking pedestal with street front apartments and retail, and apartments in a newly reclad tower with a 62 foot spire making it the tallest in the state we’ve dreamed of, however I don’t know how feasible that is from a financial, political and architectural standpoint. The only uses I could see for this tower would be ultra high end apartments or high end commercial office space, both of which would require extensive renovation of the building (which we know will have to happen if it’s saved). Anything else would be challenging from a financial perspective due to the small floor plates, which limit the amount of units per floor, leading to higher prices. I also wonder if the massive concrete parts of the façade are structural, or if they could be replaced with a glass curtain. This would definitely help with selling units as the building offers great views of the downtown, Libby hill, Manchester, Shockoe and rocketts (which has been mentioned before). Politically, not sure if the new administration, which will take the lead on this, will be more inclined to tear the building down and sell the lot, replace it with parking, or sell the building without tearing it down. A similarish example of our conundrum is the Seneca one tower in Buffalo, which has recently been rehabilitated with shops being add to the plaza surrounding the building, however, it may have been more financially feasible due to having larger floor plates (more commercial and residential space to lease). Anyway that’s just my 2sense.
  13. I think we are both thinking of the same thing. Might be easier to show in pics but I don’t want it to sound like I’m opposed to height, just don’t want “towers in the park” that have very little street presence. Correct me if I’m wrong but I think we all would love Monroe Ward to start to look something like this within the next 10 years. But not every building has to be a 15 story building (as much as it would make all of us happy), mixing building heights, ages and sizes is part of what makes dynamic neighborhoods and I think everyone would agree that we want Monroe Ward to become great ASAP. As for urgency, I’m only 21 so I may not share the same level of urgency (not that I don’t have any) as @I miss RVA but trust me, it’s there!
  14. I think once you start seeing a lot of 5-15 story buildings pop up and more lots becoming filled up, developers will begin to push up to the 20 story plus range. You have to get the land values in the neighborhood high in order to get height. The upper east side didn’t start as these massive 20+ story apartment buildings on almost every block, it was 3-5 story buildings prior and slowly they were upgraded to the 20+ story behemoths we know today. Don’t lose faith though. Over the Rhine is a great neighborhood with great street presence and I think Monroe Ward will become a taller version of that.
  15. I don’t think we would be anywhere close to as disappointed if 425 was the only number that was reported. It will still be a quality project that will bring 2,000 jobs downtown and will hopefully kick off more development around the CBD and Monroe ward. I also agree with I miss RVA that the proposed tower is absolutely stunning, just not as tall as we would hope. Don’t be too discouraged by this, as other companies may see this and follow Costars lead, especially northern Virginia based companies. Also, I wouldn’t be as concerned about the rivers edge site in Manchester as there aren’t a lot of sites left in the city that have those kinds of views. Worst comes to worse, we get a 6-8 story building, which to be honest, I don’t get why people are so disappointed about, they are solid density and have enough residents to fuel an active street scape. That being said, I don’t think we see anything less than 10 stories at this site, due to the location and how much this site will probably fetch on the market. Don’t be too discouraged y’all, Richmond is still growing and I doubt that no new 10+ story buildings get announced in Manchester before spring.
  16. The Lumpkins site is on the other side of MSS hike, this is east side of the station where these were taken.
  17. Not to fear @ronsmytheiii, hopefully the state can get some new infrastructure funds to help bring back all train service at staples mill road back to Main street, although who knows whether youngkin will be open to it.
  18. Just brainstorming ideas for the site that would be 10 times better than the Monroe tower. Our friends down in Charlotte have a development right along a highway that was recently completed, below I’ll paste a pic of it. The topography can be worked with, just ask cities like San Francisco or Seattle, or even costar as their new HQ site is on a relatively steep slope. As much as I’d love to rip out I-95 and restore the street grid, it’s politically infeasible so the best we can do is try to use this site to provide activity to 14th, bank and broad and hope that some of that activity will cross over I-95. I completely disagree that height is the most important thing in a cities downtown. It’s density and street presence of buildings. While density may result in height, height doesn’t always result in density. While Detroit has a much taller skyline with 500ft plus towers, no one will argue that Detroit has a more vibrant downtown than a city like Amsterdam, Charleston or Savannah, which don’t have anything in their downtowns over 30 stories. Point being, sacrificing an entire block for the sake of a poorly designed building on top of a parking garage that has no street interaction, just because it is tall, is foolish. As much as I love tall buildings, I’ll take a 12 story building with great density and street level activity over the current Monroe tower any day of the week because in reality, all the Monroe tower really does is look cool for people driving by on I-95. here is the pic of the Charlotte development I was talking about earlier in my comment:
  19. As much as I’d love a park connecting downtown to shockoe, there is 100 foot wide plus monstrosity that serves as a physical divider between this area and shockoe that can’t be fixed without hundreds of millions of dollars of investment from the government. Plus, even if the money was available to destroy it you would have every resident of chesterfield and henrico counties screaming bloody murder due to the countries obsession with the car. I could honestly care less if the Monroe tower stays or goes, it’s ugly and is a prime example of 1950-2000 urban planning, which I am pro getting rid, unless that means we get a parking lot. If it gets replaced by a 5 story apartment building, who cares, atleast that will actually contribute to downtown other than being a tall building, but just please don’t let them give us a parking lot or a parking garage.
  20. Still talking stage for now I believe. They have to build the new office building on main before they can tear down the Monroe tower and they haven’t even released renderings for that building yet.
  21. Just searched around alittle to check other sources. Usnews also reported that it will be 510, the costar report seems to be the only thing saying that it will be 425.
  22. They did say in the costar report that upon its competition it would be be 425 and the tallest in Richmond so either it’s a typo, or they have confidence that the Monroe building is gonna come down before this building is complete.
  23. If you zoom in real close on the rendering from Fred far street, it appears to have a boutique sign in the window and what looks to be a restaurant on the ground floor.
  24. Also look at the crown on that building, no doubt they wanted the states tallest and that the height was meant as a statement piece!
  25. Talk about an impact on the skyline! Even in the renderings this dwarfs the fed in both height and massing. Very nice to see this lot get developed after how many years of it sitting vacant. Hopefully it includes some retail fronting Tredgar but even if it doesn’t, talk about a Christmas gift and a cherry on the cake for RVA development in 2021.
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