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    New Richmond Arena

    Don't get me wrong, I have my worries about the project and financing. But I just don't see organic growth happening in this area. The grid system is destroyed here, Leigh street is sunken, clay street is chopped up, there aren't really any buildings that you could do a historic rehab/reuse of, all things that lead to good organic growth. Meanwhile places like Scotts Addition, Manchester, even Monroe Ward are set up for organic growth having all of the afore mentioned features.
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    New Richmond Arena

    oof thanks for the clarification. alright you've heard it, we need five more yes', get on the phone and write your councilors!
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    New Richmond Arena

    The main thing that I got from the article is that Hilbert and Newbille have endorsed the plan, council president and vice-president (respectively), which is a huge step. We need 5 yes votes on the council if it's a simple majority ruling. I haven't heard anything from Robertson who's district covers the bulk of the project site. I imagine Gray, who's district covers Jackson Ward will come out against it, just the impression I've gotten from her (burn it all down if it isn't for schools!!!); but I wouldn't mind being proven wrong here. If anybody has any idea how the other council members feel on the matter please share! The best thing we can do, if you support the project, is write your councilor (if you live in city limits) and urge them to support it. If you don't support the project, don't write anybody, Brent (lol).
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    New Richmond Arena

    Basic run down of the article. Under the proposal: half of surplus tax moneys brought in by the redevelopment would go towards schools. This is estimated to be 600 million over 30 years, or 20 million a year. The superintendent says this would be used to build 6 modern schools for the system. Of the remaining 50% of surplus taxes would be broken down as such: 15% to housing, 1 percent to art, 34% to the general fund. Council Members Hilbert and Newbille have endorsed the plan.
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    Richmond off-topic postings

    Eh MWV Westrock didn't seem that big to me, perhaps it was because it was through mergers and buy outs instead of just up and leaving, the latter stings a bit more to me. I'm just saying in general it sucks to lose a F500 and I'm glad we haven't lost one in this fashion.
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    Richmond off-topic postings

    Hearing about NS leaving HR made me just want to say how glad I am that RVA continues to do well. I can't imagine the blow it would be to lose one of our F500 companies. We really continue to have a steady supply of development and growth. Our airport is expanding. Apartments and condos are going up all over the city. We've had more companies moving downtown, e.g. CoStar, Owens and Minor, and more. VCU continues to expand, both campuses! We're getting data centers, e.g. Facebooks huge one! And the suburbs are starting to urbanize more. Makes me sad I just moved away.
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    New Richmond Arena

    Lets keep in mind too, along with the NS move, that Amazon has an apparent choice in HQ2 (or at least a big chunk of HQ2) in Crystal City/Arlington. Which means that hopefully we will see more moves such as CoStar, who moved to RVA for cheaper cost of living and office space. The timing of this arena development couldn't be better in this regard, imagine the marketing we could do with all the brand new office space to built. I certainly hope we have a plan in place to woo companies in NOVA/DC to open branches in RVA for cheaper rents/cost of living and we can certainly use this development as a huge selling point!
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    Manchester Development

    The long term vision for the rail yard there is to be incorporated into the James River Park System, meaning no high rises blocking that view. PDF: http://www.richmondgov.com/PlanningAndDevelopmentReview/documents/PlansRiverfront/5_Manchester.pdf
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    New Richmond Arena

    The whole point of the TIF is not to increase the city's debt load/capacity. I'm not an expert on TIF's or anything but quote: "With the tax-increment financing, or TIF, which would be managed by Union Bank, Stoney said the project would not impact the city’s tax rates or debt, nor would it require bond obligations from the city". I'm not one to believe everything I read or a corporation or politician says, but this is pretty strong, clear wording on that, and if false then it should be very easy to prove it false/lie and shred the deal that way. But I have yet to see a convincing argument that it isn't true from anywhere. Also keep in mind, while we will not see the future tax revenue from this for 30 years, any addition development spurred by this, outside the TIF we would see. Also keep in mind the debt and yearly loss of 1.5 million dollars (and likely growing as time goes on) on the Coliseum would no longer be in our city budget. As for the housing; a little over 40 percent of the affordable housing will be built within the original 10 block area. About 30 percent will be built downtown. The last 30 percent will be built out later. Food courts or rather food halls are very popular right now. We're not talking about a mall in the suburbs with a panda express; this will probably be in the line of the food halls around Madison Square Gardens or the like the few we have in Baltimore that are very successful. Check out R-House in Baltimore: https://r.housebaltimore.com/ The arena is appropriately sized, with an arena this large we can out compete JPJ and Hampton Roads, our main competition. (and fingers crossed, land a hockey team lol). Even more importantly is the hotel for the convention center. Baltimore has been hemorrhaging conventions due to the size of the convention center here, conventions are outgrowing the space. There is a plan to expand it with a new hotel and larger event space, but until then they'll keep seeing conventions move to other cities (they've lost two since I've moved here). If Richmond gets the new hotel for the convention center, then the city could start poaching some of the conventions Baltimore is losing along with others.
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    Manchester Development

    I like the row homes going in front of the river, I can see Manchester having a good step back style development along the river front. Shorter buildings on the river and growing taller as you go back, more bang for your buck that way. Having just towers along the river means you would need even taller buildings in the back to take advantage of river views, which lets be honest, isn't going to happen.
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    Richmond off-topic postings

    Well it happened, I have joined the ranks of those who watch Richmonds growth from a distance. My wife and I have moved to Baltimore. I will say it is probably 85-95% because of the job and not the city, although there are certainly some things we missed about living in a bigger city. Richmond is doing great overall and I will miss being able to see the changes first hand. A couple of notes; the Pulse has been amazing, honestly, even though it is far smaller, it seems to be way more functional than any transit Baltimore currently has. I hope the Pulse continues to succeed and grow. The amount of infill going in around the city is great to see too, we keep seeing empty lots getting filled in with new apartments, from Jackson Ward to the Bottom, former parking lots are turning into great infill buildings. I have to say my favorite part of the city has to be the stretch of Broad Street between the convention center and the new ICA, it reminds the most of living back in Brooklyn. New towers are going up all over, from MCV to the Financial District with the Dom Tower; lets hope it picks up more and continues to grow! Richmond is a great city with so much potential; my wife and I have already said if the job was right we'd likely move back. I'll still be active on the forum, but I'm also going to try and revive the Baltimore Urban Planet thread too.
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    New Richmond Arena

    I'm not against using a TIF, it's just the size of the TIF that concerns me. I'm mostly ok with including the Dom Tower in the TIF, it's this quote from the Style Weekly that worries me: "And this week, Kelley confirms that the TIF district may need to include downtown property beyond the Dominion towers. He wouldn't elaborate, citing negotiations underway." Too big a TIF is concerning to me.
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    New Richmond Arena

    Hey I spell colour with a 'u' as well! Some of us are just fancy, not like the 'u' dropping heathens!! I also spell grey with an 'e' not an 'a'. (Honestly I think it's because my family is from way up north, e.g. close to Canada where the whole British thing is a bit more relevant). On the financing, I'm all for a new arena, anything to get hockey back in the city. But, I was borderline on including the new Dom Tower in the TIF (debatable, haven't made up my mind), but expanding the TIF anywhere further is just a deal killer to me. Just no, half the city cannot be under a TIF.
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    VCU Developments

    If that were the case then we'd have some very expensive silo's and prisons..
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    VCU Developments

    Lets keep in mind to when judging the Gladding Residence that when it really comes down to it, we are looking at a student dormitory; we can't expect a masterpiece of architecture for that. I think for what it is, a dormitory, it looks great.