City’s new Town Center program envisions downtown without the Coliseum

A map of the town blocks and homes involved in the city’s new Town Heart approach and their opportunity works by using. (Visuals courtesy of the Town of Richmond)

A new approach for Richmond’s Coliseum area is supplying a clearer image of how that section of downtown could be redeveloped — and how soon.

Town planners on Monday introduced their draft plan for a about 20-block area anchored by the dormant arena, which is between about a dozen city-owned houses that administrators are positioning for sale and redevelopment.

A proposed timeline for adopting and applying the program demonstrates that it could be on the textbooks by this tumble, initiating a 5-phase implementation process that would start out with the city soliciting features on the properties before the end of the calendar year.

Referred to as the Metropolis Middle Tiny Region Strategy, the doc envisions how those people qualities could be produced to insert housing, transportation and economic improvement to invigorate the mostly underneath-used spot and create a mixed-use, urban activity hub.

A rendering of how improvement could seem facing north from Clay Street among Eighth and Ninth streets beneath the city’s draft Metropolis Center system.

It proceeds what was began as the Coliseum Framework Strategy and would be absorbed into the recently adopted Richmond 300 master plan. Metropolis Councilmembers requested the place-precise plan in the wake of past year’s defeat of the Navy Hill proposal, which sought to redevelop the qualities about a new arena.

With a regional arena now prepared in Henrico County, and with the Coliseum shuttered and the metropolis not looking to reopen it, the organizing work was renamed underneath the Town Center moniker.

The qualities concerned are among the various dozen integrated in a serious estate disposition program that was adopted in April. The plan lists 77 qualities that the city would like to unload to housing nonprofits and non-public developers, with a objective of introducing to the city’s tax base and increasing its offer of reduce-revenue housing.

Phased program

The Town Heart system calls for a blend of employs together the strains of Navy Hill, with business, residential and business office structures changing the Coliseum and a number of present parking plenty and decks.

A resort and entertainment works by using keep on being proposed in and all-around the nearby Blues Armory developing, and leisure and open up areas are component of the strategy. A transit hub also stays incorporated amongst solutions for enhancing transportation and interconnectivity.

The strategy envisions the spot as a mixed-use urban hub in 2030.

Residential improvement would supply mixed-profits housing with at least 20 per cent of models built for lessen-income homes. Extended-expression, the approach also calls for changing the nearly 50-calendar year-outdated Metropolis Corridor and incorporating a substantial faculty and fire station in the location.

Implementation would start out with the Public Basic safety Setting up web-site, which the City Council recently OK’d to sell for a prepared 20-story, VCU Wellness-anchored tower and mixed-use office complex. The developer driving that project, Funds Metropolis Companions, is the exact same advancement crew that was enlisted for Navy Hill and is driving the arena-anchored GreenCity venture in Henrico.

Precedence would following go to two websites on the south side of Broad Avenue: the parking large amount at Broad and Fifth streets, throughout from the Increased Richmond Convention Center, and the bulk of the town block at 609 E. Grace St., throughout from the Dominion Energy Heart.

Residential advancement with street-fronting retail is envisioned for both equally web sites, which the genuine estate disposition approach earmarked for sale to housing nonprofits.

The bulk of the Town Centre houses would make up the plan’s third period, together with the Coliseum internet site, Blues Armory, and parking lots and decks east and south of the Coliseum.

Ending out the plan would be improvements or replacements of present town amenities, like City Corridor, the John Marshall Courts Developing, the Social Companies developing, and the Theatre Row making.

Extra onto and renovated in 1992, the Theatre Row setting up, at 730 E. Wide St., is viewed as the youngest amongst all those buildings, which are all at the very least a few many years outdated. A metropolis amenities evaluation presently underway gives all of people structures a situation rating of “poor,” based on a condition review ratio of every single building’s upkeep expenses against its projected substitute benefit.

The system also emphasizes a will need for additional housing to preserve up with the city’s population growth. With almost 9,700 men and women living in all of downtown as of 2019, in comparison to a very low of 6,400 in 1990, the approach tasks that the location wants 9,500 much more residential models (calculated as two-person homes) to restore its housing inventory and return downtown to the population level it experienced in its heyday: 28,300 in 1940.

A map demonstrates how unique developing makes use of would be clustered in the City Center area.

Up coming techniques

The prepare was introduced to the Planning Commission and councilmembers Monday and was introduced to the general public Tuesday, kicking off a assessment and comment time period that is scheduled by mid-July. A digital citywide meeting will be held June 22 at 6 p.m., with more displays at some councilmembers’ district meetings foremost up to official proposals to the fee and council in the slide.

The draft approach is posted on the web site, where feedback on the program can be submitted by way of July 12.

The Metropolis Center program is just one of many planning endeavours that Richmond planners are tackling correct now.

A similar work for Shockoe Base, named the Shockoe Small Area Strategy, stays in growth.

The metropolis also is proposing its 1st batch of zoning changes stemming from Richmond 300 for the so-named “Greater Scott’s Addition” space. That exertion furthermore is anticipated to unleash a very long-awaited ask for for proposals from builders for town-owned attributes on Arthur Ashe Boulevard.

Also proposed is a reworked program for a subsequent section of zoning adjustments alongside the GRTC Pulse corridor, involving land mainly north of Wide Street from the Lover. A digital meeting on that proposal was held Tuesday evening.

And councilmembers are mulling their have amendments to Richmond 300, which have been a matter at a latest Land Use, Housing and Transportation Standing Committee conference. The committee continued that item to its future conference June 22.