City leaders hold bus tour of the Boulevard ahead of public meeting

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — City leaders boarded a bus for a tour of Richmond’s Boulevard area on Tuesday. The city put on the tour to preview a series of meetings that will take place through February to get public input on the future development of the Boulevard.

“We want to hear from people, not only from people who have an interest or a specific interest, but we want to hear from the everyday ordinary citizen  about the things they’d like to see happen with this project,” said Mayor Dwight Jones.

The tour included showing the empty field near the Diamond that used to have buildings on it, as well as other lots where buildings will eventually be razed.  Mayor Dwight Jones would not indicate what he would like to see one day on the Boulevard, but he did mention what citizens might put on their wish list.

“I think we have a clean sheet,  I really do I think we have a clean sheet,” the mayor said. “I’m sure that people will come up with all kinds of things that probably will include some housing, probably will include some retail probably, some entertainment …

“But I don’t want to put words in people’s mouths, I want people to tell us what they want to see happen here.”

The first meeting will be held Tuesday, January 19 at 6 p.m.  at the Department of Motor Vehicles Office on West Broad Street.  Below is a list of all of the upcoming meetings:

  • January 19, 6 p.m. – Department of Motor Vehicles Central Office, 2300 West Broad St.
  • January 20, 6 p.m. – Southside Community Services Center, 4100 Hull St.
  • January 26, Noon – Huguenot High School  Community Center, 7945 Forest Hill Ave., Building 26
  • January 26, 6 p.m. – Thomas Jefferson High School, 4100 W. Grace St.
  • February 4, 9 a.m. – Downtown Library, 101 E. Franklin St.
  • February 4, 6 p.m. – Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, 1000 Mosby St.

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