RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones shared some exciting new details about the city’s riverfront plan on Wednesday.
Demolition has begun on the Lehigh silos, which will make way for a new park. Expect to see an open area with new terraces and easier access to the river.
It’s been years in the making, and today is a huge milestone, according to Mayor Jones.
“It’s a plan that creates a unified, cohesive system of open space,” Mayor Jones told 8News reporter Claudia Rupcich. “And it’s a plan that provides easy access for pedestrians, bicyclists, and individuals.
“The plan encourages and supports economic and neighborhood development near the James River.”
Mayor Jones also announced improvements for Port of Richmond as well as the Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge.
Crews will now be able to complete the section of the Virginia Capital Trail path that will connect the city to Williamsburg.
“It’s really a great time for us to take inventory of all the wonderful things that have happened that are part of the riverfront plan,” Mayor Jones said. “All of these things are improving the quality of life for richmonders; all of these things will improve quality for those who are visiting us.”
Added Richmond resident Tom Tarkinton, “I think it’s wonderful. This area here you could say was neglected for a while, so I think it’s time to boost what we have here and make it a beautiful place.”
City officials say the silos will be torn down by the end of the month, and that the section of the Virginia Capital Trail should be completed by then as well.