Neighbors interested in plans for Forest Hill Avenue

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Posted by Phil Riggan – email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you live, work, or travel along Forest Hill Avenue, you may want to attend a meeting about an improvement project.  Tomorrow night, you can take a look at the plans to enhance safety and make the area more user-friendly.

A lot of people are talking about this project which focuses on Forest Hill Avenue from right here near Hathaway down to the Powhite Parkway.  Some folks are on board with the project while others have concerns that the plans aren't exactly what they'd like to see.

Paradise Diner is located in a shopping center along the stretch of Forest Hill slated for improvements.  Employees say the customers here have been so interested in the plan, they've even put flyers out front.  The $10 million project will widen the road to five lanes, add a median and put in bike lanes on each side with sidewalks.

Regular diner Bill Gorski is in favor of the plan. "I think that the city planners know what they are doing, and I'm all for progress and improvements."

But not everyone agrees.  We have received a number of emails and messages through social media into our newsroom saying that neighbors and cyclists have concerns over the Forest Hill project.

Kim Minor thinks the outcome will be positive, but she's interested to see exactly what it involves. "It is very narrow roads out there, so hopefully they know what they are doing out there; they are going to fix it up and make it look it good."

Manager Elizabeth Ceperich says she's also in favor of the project.  She thinks it will be a positive change for her customers, and she's not even worried that the future construction will drive people away.

"Most of them live in this area, and they come everyday, and I think ultimately it will be a good improvement.  We have regulars here who are determined and they come everyday, so I'm not to worried about that; they will find a way," she said.

The public meeting about this project is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday night. That will take place at Southampton Elementary School on Cheverly Road.

It's an open house style format that will allow you to meet with the project team.

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