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  1. The aggressive timeline is nice. Construction staring in March or April is shocking (in a good way).
  2. Y’all need to get a grip. For real. Navy Hill was never going to materialize. The RFP should have been your first clue that it was going nowhere. Just because you couldn’t manage your expectations doesn’t mean there has been any set back for Richmond. This spring will bring more construction than Richmond has seen in decades. A cheesy, empty and 1/2 built project was never going to move the needle. I’m sorry that y’all are disappointed but next time doesn’t get so excited over generic clip art and empty promises.
  3. While it isn’t that exciting (given what was slate for the lot a decade ago) , signs with readings have gone up on the Main Street lot where Centennial Tower was supposed to go. I’m not sure how long it has been up but today was the first time that I’ve noticed. It shows the rendering that we’ve seen here . I hope this means that construction is imminent (but Centennial also had some flashy drawings on the fence around the lot so...), Also, here’s a photo of the new Tobacco Row apartments from noon today. The colour is bold. Not sure what to make of it yet
  4. The Marriott can serve as the convention hotel. It is undergoing a massive renovation at the time.
  5. I “like” that you shared the article. I’m not sure what to make of the new code.
  6. Costar’s existence in Richmond has zero to do with NH. They will build or rent more space if/when they need it. A shiny arena will not be a factor in that hundred million dollar decision. Shareholders make that call, not Kim Gray. Dominion’s second tower has zero to do with NH. Dominion will build more space if/when they need it. Their name on a shiny arena will not be a factor in that hundred million dollar decision. Shareholders make that call, not Kim Gray. Their bluffs were extortion. Two companies are making up employment figures (out of thin air) to strong-arm the city into providing massive giveaways. Richmond doesn’t need to give Costar a new building that will not generate any tax for the city for 30 years. Soeaking of deferred taxes... another problem with the folks pushing this project is all of the false information and hyperbole they are putting out. The city IS receiving taxes from rehabbed properties. It is true that the city isn’t receiving taxes on the current assessed value but they continue to collect taxes on the properties based on their pre-renovation assessments. It is also true that most of the properties in Church Hill, Manchester and Scott’s Addition are aging out of that tax break ( I’d guess most will age out in the next 2-3 years). All of the new infill is being taxed at market rate. The only tax generated by Navy Hill is based on unsubstantiated attendance figures and unrealistic room rates and number of hotel stay (because none of the property tax collected would go to the city for 30 years). Most of the plan was ambiguous buildings with no stated purpose (clip art), moving existing parking decks, moving existing office workers out of downtown then replacing them with office workers from the central business district. VCU claimed that they would build a new medical building. We all know that they would anyway. What we lost was an idea. It wasn’t by any stretch of the imagination a game changer. It just moved various parts of the existing game into a tacky “neighborhood” that would have had all the charm and authenticity of West Broad Village. Kim is my Council person. She has my vote.
  7. VCU will expand if and when they need to. An arena has nothing to do with it. The “taxable” land is a joke. The city wouldn’t see any taxes from the property for 30 years anyway (and by then a renovation would be financed for another 30). Doorways already exists in that area. Rebuilding it a block away isn’t real progress. CoStar likes to move the goalpost. A magical 1000 extra employees appear because the city won’t build them a new building? Nothing is stopping CoStar from expanding (and there is plenty of space in the CBD for them to occupy). They are looking for a handout. The GRTC transfer station wasn’t going to be located in Navy Hill anyway. That money will come from the feds when built. Tying it to the arena was just a distraction.
  8. I did see some new metal studs going up through some of the windows (just reshaping office areas I assume, nothing major. It looks like a big project though. I hope the exterior gets cleaned up (I think there may be some plywood where windows should be in the clock tower?) and illuminated. This building would be so striking lit up at night.
  9. Does anyone know what’s going on with the Old City Hall renovation? When the fence first went up I thought it was a part of the Lobby Day barricade. A construction company screen went up around it shortly thereafter. This morning I saw that there’s a story of the building printed on the screen (I was stopped briefly in traffic, just caught a glance) which makes me think it’s a high dollar renovation. Does anyone know if it is for anything specifically (A dedicated tenant) or just a freshening up? I hope the city finally gets around to lighting up the exterior.
  10. Happy to have dodged the ugly, fiscally disastrous and fake-ass Navy Hill. Partying feels right.
  11. The city is free to sell the land at market rate. We should move on. The city has.
  12. I don’t think he meant leaving a comment on social media.
  13. Getting help with plan review is good news. That takes weeks, months... I don't know about commercial inspections but I schedule several building inspections every month and it’s an easy process and inspections happen the next day 90*% of the time. I’ve had nothing but positive and timely interactions with inspectors.
  14. The Coliseum was built at a time when metro richmond was growing 20-30 times faster than it is now. It was built to serve the metro (it’s interstate access has been touted as an advantage). It was state of the art and there was a great deal of excitement around it. There wasn’t a pall over Richmond at the time, in fact it was livelier than it is today. Downtown was going though it’s biggest building boom of the 20th century.
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