Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below.
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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer announces the latest new tenants signed to Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. With an expected opening date of June, Mango Salon will open their third location in Richmond. The new space for The Hutch is now under construction and will be ready by April 1 for their third concept in the Richmond Market. Josh and Jessica Bufford are also the owners of Toast and Estilo in The Village Shopping Center. Gayton Crossing Shopping Center, located on Gaskins Road at Gayton and Quioccasin Roads, is a 156,917 square foot retail center containing an eclectic blend of national and local retailers.
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General Assembly salutes the troops


Nearly 800,000 Virginians, about 10 percent of the commonwealth’s population, are veterans – one of the highest concentrations of veterans among the 50 states. During the General Assembly’s recent session, lawmakers showed their appreciation to the men and women who have served in the U.S. military.

Legislators passed a bevy of veterans-related bills. If signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, they will fund veterans care centers in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia, expand employment opportunities for veterans and authorize a study of the state’s services for veterans.

The assembly’s salute to the troops coincided with a visit to Richmond by Robert McDonald, the U.S. secretary of veterans affairs.
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GRTC debuts new fare boxes


GRTC this week debuted a "mini fleet" of a new electronic fare box system on 10 buses. The new boxes eventually will be installed on all of GRTC's more than 150 buses by the end of April.

Both the new and old boxes will allow customers to pay fare as they would normally. New boxes still accept cash, Go cards, transfers and employee swipe cards.

Riders who have any questions should consult their drivers, visit http://www.ridegrtc.com or call GRTC's Customer Service Center at (804) 358-GRTC (4782).
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Regency Square names new general manager


Regency Square mall recently hired Steven Bonniville as its general manager. He previously served as facilities director of Regency Square from 2009 through 2012 and as general manager of Stony Point Fashion Park in Richmond. He has more than 10 years of experience in the retail industry. In his new position, he will be responsible for overseeing the center’s day-to-day operations, retailer and community relations and marketing and leasing of the center.

“The future of Regency Square is bright and I’m excited to be part of the team that will get us there,” Bonniville said. “Our goal is to exceed our customers' expectations and to make Regency Square the hub of retail and community activities.”
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Henrico 4-H team repeats as LifeSmarts state champions


A Henrico County 4-H team will compete in the national LifeSmarts consumer education competition for the second consecutive year after winning the state championship this week in Glen Allen.

The 4-H team — called WYSIWYG, an abbreviation for “What You See Is What You Get” — consists of students Joshua Hyde, Stephen Baker, Curtis Cantwell, George Evans and Emily Royster. Karie Dawkins coaches the squad, with assistance from Kathleen Cantwell and Sheila Hyde.

WYSIWYG earned its second state title after scoring better than five other teams in the Virginia LifeSmarts Competition, held March 9 at the Virginia Housing Development Authority’s Virginia Housing Center in Glen Allen.
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Budget proposal offers 2-percent pay raise

Real estate tax would remain unchanged, machinery tax slashed
UPDATE: MAR. 10, 7:30 P.M. – A 2-percent pay raise for county employees, a tax cut for manufacturing companies and an increased commitment to sports tourism highlight Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas' proposed 2015-16 fiscal year budget, which he presented to the county's Board of Supervisors during a work session tonight.

The proposed $1.12-billion operating budget – which represents a 2.3 percent increase from the current budget – would maintain the county's real estate tax at 87 cents per $100 of assessed value. It also would provide funding for 10 new police officer positions (during the third year of a five-year plan to add 50 new officers in the field) and a new "senior ombudsman" who would work to advocate for and assist the county's growing population of senior citizens.
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Unfunded mandates cost county big dollars


"You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw.” (Exdodus 5:7)

That mandate incited the ancient Hebrew slaves to rebel against their Egyptian masters. Twelve plagues, the Red Sea, and the loss of an entire labor force could have been avoided if the pharaoh had simply provided enough straw to make the bricks.

Although they toil in Excel and not by brick kilns, and are subject to the Board of Supervisors and state government, not a pharaoh, the employees of the Henrico County budget office face a similar predicament to that of the Israelites: A growing list of mandates and a shrinking reserve of resources.
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Local races starting to take shape


The list of candidates seeking office in Henrico County is beginning to grow, as party primaries near this June, ahead of the November general election during which Henrico voters will elect the Board of Supervisors, School Board, Commonwealth's Attorney, sheriff and Clerk of the Court.

There will be at least one new member of the Board of Supervisors, since longtime Three Chopt District member Dave Kaechele has announced he will give up the seat after completing his ninth term and 36th year on the board in December. He is endorsing Three Chopt District Planning Commission member Tommy Branin, who has filed paperwork for the Republican primary, as his replacement.
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Police seek robbery suspect


Henrico Police are seeking a suspect responsible for a commercial robbery that was committed early Monday morning, March 9.

At about 4:25 a.m., officers responded to the 9000 block of Brook Road. The suspect had approached the victim, displayed a firearm and demanded money. The victim complied and the suspect fled on foot from the business. No injuries were reported.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male, approximately 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9, weighing 165 to 180 pounds. The suspect was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a black ski mask covering over his face.
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Music teacher wins Steward award


Steward School Head of School Dan Frank presented the Paul R. Cramer “Best Faculty Award” to 32-year veteran music teacher Bonnie Anderson last month.

Bestowed annually on the faculty member who best embraces the characteristics of “balance, perspective, and humor” as exemplified by late Headmaster Paul R. Cramer, the award was established in 2008 to honor the man and his contributions to The Steward School. During his tenure, Cramer talked about the “pillars” of the Steward community and described Anderson as one of Steward’s pillars. The sentiment regarding Anderson’s place in the Steward family hasn’t changed.

“Bonnie is absolutely amazing. She works often all day without a single free period to plan—she is with students nearly every period of the week. She never, ever, loses her temper or her cool; she is deeply passionate about what she does, but she is flexible and caring and dedicated,” said Frank in his presentation of the award.
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Henrico County property transactions, Feb. 16-22


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

515 Meriwether Avenue – $57,000, 1,102 SF (built in 1957), from Edmund C. and Martha E. Arnette to Phonesavanh and Sengphet Phounsavath.
11593 Old Mountain Road – $85,000, 984 SF (built in 1959), from Lawrence M. and Carlton E. Witcher to Dianne Preston.
2403 Sunnybrook Road – $105,000, 1,196 SF (built in 1955), from James A. and Eva D. Sickal to Christopher M. Farag.
102 W. McClellan Street – $110,822, 1,004 SF (built in 1947), from Victoria L. Austin to Federal National Mortgage Association.
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Business in brief


The Greater Richmond Partnership has announced that Kels USA Corporation has chosen Henrico County for the location of its expansion to the United States. The electrical contact material company has started business with a small sales office with plans to expand to manufacturing their products locally in the next 2-4 years. The Partnership first met with Kels during a marketing mission to Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade fair. Subsequent meetings and visits followed, including three visits to the Richmond Region and three to the Kels headquarters in Brazil during marketing missions. Before choosing Henrico, the company considered locations in Illinois, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Georgia. Kels cited their main reason to expand to the U.S. is for market entry and proximity to the current customers to provide better service. Kels, founded in 1976, manufactures metal-based products for the electro-electronics, automotive and appliance industries. Kels also plays a great role in refrigeration, tooling and metallurgical industries supplying brazing alloys. By 2019, the company estimates that it will be successful enough to expand its facility to a 100-person manufacturing center.
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The Center for the Arts at Henrico High School will present its 2017 Visual Art Senior Show at Art Works, 320 Hull Street in Richmond, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free.

The show is the culmination of the efforts of senior students of Mary Scurlock. The exhibit will appear in the Jane Sandelin Gallery through June 6.

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