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Everything posted by vaceltic

  1. All I know is that when I played SimCity as a kid, plopping a casino down in a residential area meant high crime and lower property values #WillWrightFacts lol
  2. Well it definitely won’t happen if the zoning doesn’t allow it. Wasn’t that the whole point of the neighborhood stink?
  3. Not sure. One strategy to address fears of massive differences in building heights and scales is to have stepped building heights. Don’t really know why this approach wasn’t taken with the zoning - there’s not much in Newtowne to stop that. having a potential wall of 20-story buildings on north side broad with 3-4 story buildings on southside broad side seems pretty weird to me. The zoning denial just means developers can’t develop the height “by right”. They can still apply for a special use permit if they desire a higher building in than zoning allows - granted, it goes through the public process and approvals that adjoining interests seem to not want.
  4. This could’ve been avoided if the pulse plan and zoning matched up in building heights at the onset and densities/heights were stepped back from broad street (ie higher up tot he 20-stories as your go north into the industrial area where no one lives). seems like planning grossly misplayed their hand here.
  5. Is that what those gazebos were used for in Monroe and Chimborazo? Trying to picture these kiosks...
  6. Agreed. Nothing flashy needs to go there. The last coliseum is proof that flashy projects don't result in the intended outcomes. Restore the neighborhood that was lost there when they tore everything down to build the original coliseum. More residences means more foot traffic needed to restore the Broad Street retail corridor to its former glory. 100% tax revenues back to the general fund. This isn't that difficult.
  7. Win-win for me. Richmond taxpayer who didn’t want to pay for the Navy Hill boondoggle. Now I’ll get to go to concerts in an Arena that Henrico can pay for. I guess they can afford the risk. Richmond could not afford it nor the diversion of other downtown tax revenues over its life-cycle. We’ll see how this really plays out for Henrico. The overlapping correlation of NH and this proposal is the land being designated an “Opportunity Zone”. This concept, while aspirational, is deeply flawed. Many OZ developments end up just being a tax-break haven land grab by developers that don’t produce their intended purpose. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/jeffsteele/2019/08/30/opportunity-zones-separating-wisdom-from-folly/amp/
  8. Can't wait to experience the food hall. There is a current one for Hatch you can check out off Jeff Davis Highway. The $19M price tag for the other development includes ownership of the 103-unit PortRVA building.
  9. This is a game changing development!
  10. A stunningly quick reversal by the very same people who said the business community wouldn’t play ball in Richmond and nothing could happen there without the arena... Was the public safety building still being occupied by City staff? If so, the next domino will be a new building somewhere, hopefully that consolidates with social services as well, opening up the adjacent block for redevelopment.
  11. Picture of the Kitchen at Reynolds development taking shape.
  12. Some interesting opinion pieces out there about rethinking city development in light of the pandemic. More modular construction, closing auto-focused streets for more pedestrian traffic, and decentralization of essential services. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-04-22/coronavirus-pandemics-architecture-urban-design%3f_amp=true https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5e9eb1e5c5b63c5b587419a3 https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wired.com/story/pandemic-opportunity-remake-cities/amp https://www.citylab.com/design/2020/03/coronavirus-urban-planning-global-cities-infectious-disease/607603/
  13. This is an interesting 100-year history on various failed plans to create a Richmond government/civic campus in downtown. https://theshockoeexaminer.blogspot.com/2020/03/a-season-of-big-ideas.html?m=1
  14. I think Brent is wondering about the development at Semmes and Cowardin. It’s bigger than this one.
  15. Cutting and closing..which means less tax revenue for the city to collect to pay for...you know...big shiny things. Ive also heard about the May 30 date, but with the president finally admitting what’s upon us, he mentioned distancing could last through the summer. i doubt the demo date holds.
  16. Can anyone who is a Charlotte fanboy in here explain what makes Charlotte an interesting place? I recently took an extended excursion to visit Charlotte and Asheville and honestly couldn’t wait for the Asheville part. It was my third time visiting Charlotte over about a 10-year period and I’ve been trying to give it an honest chance. It left me pretty disappointed like the first two times.
  17. Most downtown development blocks are about 1/2 the size of those in Atlanta and Charlotte. I'm no structural engineer, but the smaller area means fewer pilings / structural supports. There are also safety considerations - ie the emergency response times of the nearest fire station - this is determined by the station's location, vehicle capability, and the ladder heights. Imagine having to get to the top of a 40-story building in 3 minutes using the stairs - ugh.
  18. Major economic development announcement planned for Brook Road and Parham Road today at 11am. https://www.nbc12.com/2020/03/03/governor-northam-plans-make-major-economic-announcement/
  19. Quite a haul. I wonder what the employee count was for VCU Health in that location versus this replacement? The owners of Willow Lawn have zero incentive to construct a parking garage and they are expensive to build. Maybe the parking requirement was explored by the state in the incentive package for relocation? Maybe they are projecting that the Pulse will move ‘X’ riders to Willow Lawn from ‘X’ locations? I’m surprised two floors of that building can support this many workers. The company does do 24-hour home security monitoring. My guess is the call center has multiple shifts on a 24-hour schedule, meaning the parking requirement would be 1/2 or 1/3 of what we think?
  20. Yes. I would even be fine with the city being required to demolish the coliseum and run the utilities throughout to activate the parcels for private development. That's all taxable real estate going into the general fund on Day 1.
  21. Even with my anti-Navy Hill stance, even I think this editorial misses the mark on the larger points for and against the project. The quality of RTD is getting very watered down. I already questioned its integrity printing the ghost-written op-eds and its never-ending cheer-leading of Navy Hill. I prefer to get my local news from bizsense, Richmond Free Press, Style Weekly, Richmond Magazine, etc.
  22. If the Richmond redskins fandom is so off the chain, please tell everyone they need to attend their summer training camps for more days and spend wayyy more money than they are, so Richmond can recoup some money off this terrible investment.
  23. The coliseum had arena football, the Richmond Rough Riders, until the administration kicked them out and then closed the venue. Not sure about g-league team availability. Only two NBA teams lack an g-league team and they are on the west coast. I think most g-league affiliates are geographically close to the NBA teams.
  24. Now you're reallllly stretching
  25. Navy Hill is a federally designated Opportunity Zone, which means any developer who acquires the land can potentially do this (from the Tax Policy Center): "Permanent exclusion of taxable income on new gains. For investments held for at least 10 years, investors pay no taxes on any capital gains produced through their investment in Opportunity Funds (the investment vehicle that invests in Opportunity Zones)." Any developer attempting to swindle the city out of this land (as NHDC and Jemal have been trying to do) I think is largely due to the above. City leaders better not be stupid and give away the land like Stoney almost did. It IS valuable and it WILL garner serious interest with SERIOUS offers. "State tax money is still our tax money. Tax money should only be used for schools and roads!" - This opinion doesn't reflect the majority of Virginians. Amazon HQ anyone?
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