Councilman to hold community meeting on "The Avenues"

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A unique shopping district in Richmond will soon get a closer look from city leaders. The Libbie/Grove/Patterson corridor is consistently growing and changing, and that's catching the eye of a city councilman.

You know it once you've hit "The Avenues" in Richmond. Quaint mom and pop shops in vibrant colors. Single family homes converted into offices space. Cyclists and walkers abound. Christa Abedi is out with 5-month-old Charlie. She recently moved closer to Libbie and Grove. "That's what's special about Richmond, having the little communities that are walkable."

The shopping district sort of grew out of Libbie's expansion into a four lane road. Over the years, there have been more than 30 special use requests sent to the city and several more on the way.

"We need to have conversations about it. How can we begin to define this new reality," said Councilman Bruce Tyler. The Avenues are in his district.

"Commercial activity is not a negative thing. Unless it is going to put a burden on the adjacent residences."  Tyler says now is the time to mold this area, with the community's help, and plan out future growth. "Libbie has the opportunity for being a walkable community with a diverse population."

Councilman Tyler's hosting a community meeting about the Libbie, Grove, Patterson corridor later this month. It will be held at Mary Mumford Elementary School March 26 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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