City leaders meet with public about East End revitalization

By: Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond's East End is one step closer to revitalization.

City leaders are meeting with civic associations to discuss a proposal for the Nine Mile Road and 25th Street corridor in Church Hill.

Saturday begins a month of meetings.

Juanita Buster with Richmond's Department of Community Development wants to know what you think about the recently released East End revitalization plan.

"We need your individual comments," she said. "But we also want to know what the civic association wants."

Saturday she and councilwoman Cynthia Newbille focused on the appropriately named New Visions Civic League at the East End Library.

This is the next step in the process after a series of community meetings in June where the people who will be most impacted by the changes gave their input.

"Making sure, did you really mean a grocery store right here? Did you really mean you want the hub right here? What do you want with the sunny store? And looking to make sure we get consensus now," said Newbille.

That's because the plan takes up almost 70 pages and includes suggestions like creating hubs at key intersections, a town center type meeting area at the crossing of Nine Mile and 25th Street, making streets more pedestrian friendly and improving vacant lots.

It also covers transportation the intersection where Nine Mile, Creighton, 30th and 31st Streets meet, could look completely different.

The plan calls for a roundabout, much like you see up and down Monument Avenue only without the statues.

Myra Washington grew up in the East End and travels the road everyday.

"I think that roundabout will slow down the traffic," she said. "At the same time I think maybe it will just give people a chance to notice what's going on in the neighborhood.

Washington says it is crucial citizens give their two cents.

"It's well needed and so I want to be a part of the changes that are taking place," she said.

The city is hoping to gather all public comment by September 30th.

City leaders will hold similar meetings with civic associations throughout the east end all month long.

For the full list of meetings, click here.

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