Here’s how to provide input on Richmond’s latest downtown redevelopment plan

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Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 12:39 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The City of Richmond is seeking public comment on a redevelopment plan for a section of Downtown.

The plan will redevelop a segment of Downtown Richmond from East Franklin Street to East Leigh Street, and from North 10th Street to North 5th Streets.

The full “City Center Small Area Plan” can be viewed at this link. The presentation given to the city’s planning commission on June 7 can be viewed here.

“The draft plan envisions City Center as a mixed-use innovation district that attracts residents, employees, students, and tourists and leverages adjacent assets by connecting to the Convention Center, VCU Health, the VA Bio+Tech Park and the surrounding neighborhoods,” stated a release from the City of Richmond.

Residents can share their thoughts on the draft in a number of ways:

  • Attend a virtual meeting hosted by Richmond’s Planning and Development Review and Councilwoman Robertson on June 22 at 6 p.m. to listen to a presentation on the draft plan, ask questions, and provide your input. The meeting link will be posted on this webpage.
  • Invite city staff to a meeting of your interested group or organization to share more about the draft plan. Please email or call (804)646-6348 to request a meeting.
  • District-wide meetings will be held on June 23 at 6 p.m., June 26 at 9 a.m., and June 30 at 6 p.m.

Public comment will be available through July 12.

Once the engagement period is over, city staff will review the comments, amend the plan and present it to Richmond’s planning commission and city council. If approved, the plan will be incorporated into “Richmond 300: A Guide for Growth,” the city’s master plan.

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