Meeting on future of Richmond Community High building

By Gene Petriello - bio | email
Posted by Iva Radman – email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond leaders want to hear from some West End neighbors on the future of a vacant high school.

The signs of a school are all around, but day after day, hundreds of people pass by the lifeless building that used to house Richmond Community High School at Patterson and Libbie avenues. It's closed because it was too expensive to bring it up to code with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Now the city is working to build something on this site that will be as beneficial as the former school.

The rumors of what this could be are spreading. Everything from a hospital to a long term care facility, to a multi-family housing facility, and even retail.

Some parents want the playground out back to remain the same. Keeping the playground as is, is up in the air, but city leaders do say the nearby baseball field will definitely stay.

If you want to give feedback on the future of the site, there will be a meeting Tuesday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mary Munford Elementary School, at 211 Westmoreland Street in Richmond.

The city says it hopes to have a solid proposal for the property in about six months.

There will be other meetings held on this issue. 

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