RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Mayor Dwight Jones and the Richmond Department of Planning & Development Review took input from the public Wednesday night at a meeting regarding the next round of improvements for Richmond’s riverfront.
Hargreaves Associates provided options for the area surrounding the former Lehigh cement plant, Intermediate Terminal Dock and observations on proposed improvements to the greater east riverfront area based on feedback from their presentation in March.
The objective of the meeting was to review and discuss the options to influence the downriver portion of the riverfront. Some raised questions about potentially moving the Virginia Capital Trail away from the river. Others pushed for plans to include the area’s history in the slave trade.
“That was where the boats would unload,” said Will Eisenberg with the James River Outdoor Coalition.”It’s a really uncomfortable part of our history and I’d just like to see that there’s something in this plan to acknowledge that.”
Some strongly expressed their wishes to see no adult trees removed during construction.
Also of interest is the development Gillies Creek Greenway — a paved multi-use trail connecting neighborhoods of Richmond’s East End to jobs and recreation at Stone Brewing, downtown, and the Virginia Capital Trail.
Wednesday night’s presentation is intended to start the conversation for the next phase of the expansive project. Mark Ollinger, president of the Department of Planning & Development Review, said the department will continue conversations on the downriver portion of the project, upload the conceptual diagrams online for more people to view, and hopefully adopt the amended plan later in August,