CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – It could be the start of a better-looking Hull Street Road. Right now Chesterfield and Richmond are waiting to see if a grant worth $400,000 is approved. The money would be used to make-over a 4.7-mile stretch of Hull Street Road between Belt and Walmsley Boulevards.
The flavor of "La Milpa" is spicy. The restaurant serves up authentic Mexican food, but as customers gaze out the window to Hull Street Road the view is just the opposite.
"It was really bad 10 years ago when we started this business," said Martin Gonzalez, owner of La Milpa. "Right now, it looks much better."
But Martin Gonzalez says things along Hull Street could always get better.
"I believe this is the right time to do it because we need sources to make big changes for the benefit of everybody," he said.
Chesterfield and Richmond want to make big changes - they just don't have the money. So the pair teamed up for a grant that would provide $400,000. That funding would cover improvement plans everything from new retails options to road improvements is up for consideration.
When it comes to sidewalks, Hull Street Road is inconsistent. On sections of Hull Street, no barrier exists between pedestrians and drivers. In fact some people have just created their own path.
Barbara Henderson says abandoned buildings in the neighborhood are just as risky.
"Hull Street Road has changed dramatically from bad to worse," said Barbara Henderson who lives near Hull Street.
As the neighboring localities wait for an answer on the money "La Milpa" works to attract more customers- cactus just went in the ground and a new paint job is coming soon.
"This is actually your presentation to everybody out there. And people passing by will put attention on you," said Gonzalez.
A decision on the $400,000 grant is expected to be announced this fall. Richmond and Chesterfield are already talking with people who live and work on along Hull Street Road to get their input on possible projects.