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Richmond leaders want Boulevard overhaul


Richmond city leaders are moving forward with plans to clear extra space along the Boulevard to remove old city buildings and make way for private investment.

City leaders say the multi-million dollar project would bring a boost to the city in the long run. Right now the area next to the Diamond is an operational facility the City of Richmond has used for years.

"What you have there is some city services, the city garage, some warehouse space for the city school department, some traffic engineering offices and plant management," says District 2 Councilman Charles Samuels.

It's served its purpose, he says, but now he wants to give the area an overhaul.

"The plan is to turn one of the most prime parcels of real estate in the city, The Boulevard area, put it back on the tax rolls and put city services that aren't necessary to be right there somewhere where it's a better fit," Samuels said.

The city agrees. So leaders are allocating funds to clear out the space to make way for new property to move in.

Once cleared out, the city's operations fleet would move to Commerce Road in south Richmond. Employees at a private company currently operating in one of the buildings say they're already preparing for the transition. That would make room for limitless possibilities at the old site according to city leaders.

"I think everybody agrees that property can be better utilized than how it's used now," Samuels said.

Not only would the future properties bring a fresh look to the Boulevard, it could also clear space for the push to build a new Diamond.

"We'd like to see the city baseball Diamonds stay on The Boulevard…{and} commercial and residential opportunities there," Samuels added.

There's no word yet when the demolition of the city space will begin.

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