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The future of Binford Middle School to be discussed on 11/24, 12/3 and 12/4

Community Engagement Sessions

RPS rezoning to be considered alongside of Binford Middle’s future

From the RTD article on November 8, 2014:

Richmond’s outdated, occasionally perplexing middle and high school attendance zones could change by next school year.

The city’s School Board is about to open the rezoning process, getting back to a task it began shortly after taking office in January 2013. The board completed elementary school rezoning that August but put off the secondary part while it searched for a new superintendent.

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The Fan’s Binford Middle School, with 214 students in 529 available seats, is likely to be significantly altered by next school year and could be in its last year as a traditional school. It might become home to one of the city’s specialty programs.

See here for the full article: http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/education/richmond-school-board-discusses-rezoning/article_12c84f16-ff82-5d86-a712-cf9daf59b998.html

Richmond Marathon Road Closures- Saturday, November 15th

From Ida Jones, 5th District Council Liaison:

The Richmond Marathon takes place Saturday, November 15 and several roads in the city will be affected/closed in the morning hours:

  • 5th Street will be closed from Broad St to Tredegar St starting 4:00am to 4:00pm
  • Broad Street (both eastbound and westbound) between 5th and 11th Streets will be closed to traffic from 4am to 10am.  Westbound traffic will be detoured north onto 11thStreet and west on Leigh Street.
  • Broad Street (both eastbound and westbound) between 5th Street and N. Boulevard will be closed from 6 to 9am.  Eastbound traffic will be detoured north on Sheppard Street, east on Marshall Street, north on the Boulevard, east on Leigh Street, south on 10thStreet, east on Marshall Street, south on 12th Street back to Broad Street.
  • Grace Street from Allen Ave. to 3rd Street will be closed from 6am to 3pm.
  • 3rd Street from Broad Street to Cary Street will be closed from 6am to 3pm.
  • Mulberry Street between Broad St. and Monument Ave. will be closed from 6 to 9am for the HCA Virginia 8K.
  • Grace Street will be closed between Boulevard and Allen Ave. from 6 to 9am for the HCA Virginia 8K.
  • Lombardy Street between Brook Rd. and Monument Ave will be closed from 7am to 3pm.
  • North Boulevard northbound from Broad St. to Hermitage Rd. will be closed from 7 to 10am for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon.
  • Hermitage Road northbound from Boulevard to Pope Ave will be closed from 7 to 10am for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon.
  • Brookland Parkway both eastbound and westbound from Hermitage Rd. to Lamont St. will be closed from 7 to 10am for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon
  • Bellvue Avenue from Hermitage Rd to Bryan Park entrance will be closed from 7AM to 10AM for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon.
  • Monument Avenue westbound between Mulberry and Westmoreland will be closed from 7:30 to 9:30am.
  • Westmoreland between Monument Ave and Grove Ave will be closed from 7:30am to 10am.
  • Grove Avenue westbound between Commonwealth and Maple will be closed from 7:30 to 10:00am.
  • Maple Avenue from Grove to Cary Street will be closed from 7:30am to 10:00am
  • The Huguenot Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 8:00am to 11:00am.  Northbound traffic on Huguenot Road will be detoured north from Huguenot Road onto Chippenham Parkway to the Willey Bridge.
  • Riverside Dr. will be closed from the Huguenot Bridge to Scottview Drive from 6am to Noon.
  • Forest Hill Ave. westbound from Roanoke St. to Hathaway Rd. will be closed from 8 to 11:30am.
  • Semmes Ave. Westbound from Cowardin Ave. to Roanoke St. will be closed from 8:30am to Noon
  • Belvidere Street northbound at Grace Street will be closed from 7am to 3pm.  The recommended detour will be east on Byrd Street to the Downtown Expressway eastbound to I-95 northbound.
  • West Main Street, from Belvidere to Boulevard will be closed from 9:00am 1:00pm.  Westbound traffic Main St will be detoured North on Belvidere, East on Franklin, and South on 1st Street to the Westbound Downtown Expressway.
  • Belvidere Street southbound between Broad and Grace Streets will be closed from 7am to 3pm.  The recommended detour for southbound Belvidere Street will be onto I-95 southbound just north of Leigh Street
  • The southbound exit ramp from the Powhite Parkway to Forest Hill Avenue and the northbound entrance ramp from westbound Forest Hill Avenue onto the Powhite Parkway will be closed to traffic from 8am until approximately 11am.
  • There will also be numerous and frequent lane closures along the Marathon, Half Marathon & 8k routes, including closures on:  Broad Street, North Boulevard, Monument Avenue, Grove Avenue, Maple Avenue, Cary Street Road, River Road, Scottview Drive, Forest Hill Avenue, Semmes Avenue, the Lee Bridge, Belvidere Street, West Main Street, Hermitage Road, Fauqier Avenue, Brook Road.  Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when entering these roadways or making turns across the runners’ paths along these roadways.

The race begins at 8:00 am and roads will be affected for several hours. There are 6,500 runners competing in the full marathon. Residents should be on the lookout on Friday night and Saturday for No Parking signs/restrictions along the routes and runners on Saturday!

Don’t forget! Randolph leaf collection is 11/10-11/14!

Assuming the weather cooperates, Randolph’s leaf collection schedule will be from Monday, November 10 to Friday, November 14. (For updates, visit the public works webpage and look for the schedule under “Maymont / Byrd Park / Oregon Hill / Carillon”.)Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 11.57.17 PM

DPW invites the public to review roundabout plans, will hold a public hearing upon written request

The following announcement was posted in the Oct 2-4 edition of the Richmond Free Press:


Thomas Square receives a major facelift

Due to the lack of funding for park maintenance in the city’s budget (as recently noted by our friends in Byrd Park), the City of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Rec, and Community Facilities, the Department of Public Works, RVA Clean Sweep, the Randolph Neighborhood Association, and the Richmond Tree Stewards worked to bring about a much needed overhaul at Thomas Square, a public space that anchors the northeastern part of the Randolph neighborhood.

From start to finish, the project took about three weeks and there is still some minor clean up work to be done. On Saturday, October 4, residents from the Randolph community worked with staff members from the City of Richmond, local nonprofits (noted above), and several dozen college volunteers (consisting of UR’s Bonner Scholars ProgramVCU’s RUF campus ministry, and VCU students from the neighborhood) to remove overgrown bushes, plant new trees, and do some light repairs on benches and signs. To close out the day, Dr. Peyton McCoy, Ms. Ethel Johnston and Ms. Lala Williams spoke to the students about the history of the Randolph neighborhood and encouraged them to collaborate with long-time residents to promote positive change in the area. (Before and after photos can be found below.) The weather was beautiful and many residents expressed a tremendous amount of gratitude when the work was finished.


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More details about Idlewood Round-a-bout released

From Mr. Jeff Eastman, senior land use planner at the City of Richmond:

Attached are the plans [for the Idlewood Round-a-about] as they stand now. [See the link below.] Sometimes there are modifications between now and the UDC [Urban Design Committee] meeting, but they are usually minor in scope. The UDC is considering this item conceptually at their meeting in September. Then plans would then be reviewed by the Planning Commission, and later would come back before both bodies in a final review stage. This allows for a total of 4 public meetings and time to make modifications to the plans if necessary. . . . The Urban Design Committee allows 5 minutes of public comment time per individual; the Planning Commission allows 3 minutes each. . . . .This allows them time to understand the concerns of citizens.

Mr. Eastman also indicated that it is customary for civic associations to send a coordinated response prior to the Urban Design Committee review. In response,  the Randolph Neighborhood Association will be compiling feedback on the below plans up until Tuesday, September 2. Comments can be directed towards randolphrva [at ] gmail.com.

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Preliminary drawings produced by Kimley-Horn can be found here: 2014-30 plans