Richmond announces East End planning initiative

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Peter J. Bernard, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia, announced today a public design workshop, best known as a charrette, to revitalize the East End and Nine Mile Road corridor.

The charrette will take place June 2 – 7, at various Church Hill and East End locations. Key contributors to the process are the Richmond Redevelopment Housing Authority and Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital.

"The goal is the development of a vision to guide transformative social, educational, and physical changes within the East End Planning District," said Mayor Jones. "This is an important undertaking that can lead to revitalized housing as well as increased educational and economic opportunities."

The purpose of the charrette is to develop specific proposals for design, housing and business opportunities, as well as policy and management recommendations for revitalization.

The public engagement of East End community members, small business owners, public housing residents, and other stakeholders is expected to provide information for the completion of grant applications for two key federal initiatives – the Promise Neighborhoods Initiative and the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. Successful applications would result in multi-million-dollar support for city initiatives for neighborhood enhancement along and near 25th Street and the Nine Mile Road corridor.

The public is encouraged to attend the opening session at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, at the Robinson Theatre, 2903 Q Street. The closing session begins at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 7, also at the Robinson Theatre.

A children's charrette will take place on Saturday, June 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Family Resource Center, 2405 Jefferson Avenue, while parents and residents attend a parallel workshop.

The design studio, the hub of activity for the planning team, is open to the public throughout the charrette process and is located at the Family Resource Center, 2405 Jefferson Avenue.

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