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Henrico witnesses a boom in high-end housing
Henrico County has seen a surge in the high-end housing market, with about 100 homes priced at more than $750,000 being bought or built in the last year, specifically in the Three Chopt and Tuckahoe magisterial districts.

HHHunt, a home developer based in Henrico, sold multiple homes in its new Ellington Woods community for more than $1 million recently, a trend that George Moore, vice president of development for HHHunt Communities, believes isn’t going to stop any time soon.

“When you talk about higher-priced homes, these areas are very desirable,” Moore said. “The schools in this area of Henrico County are ranked some of the highest in the state of Virginia; there is quality development, and people are looking for attractive communities with landscaping, high end amenities and the nearby services.” > Read more.

Short Pump Park to expand

Short Pump Park is growing. The park, which currently consists of a playground, shelters and a multipurpose sports field adjacent to Short Pump Elementary School, will be expanded and ultimately will include one mile of paved trails and 0.7 mile of natural surface trails; a dog park with separate sections for small and large dogs; a second playground; a new large shelter; and 223 new parking spots. In addition, an existing playground will be expanded.

Henrico supervisors are expected to adopt a new master plan of development for the park at their Feb. 11 meeting. The new plan would outline the proposed expansions. > Read more.

Consultant offers plan for reducing HCPS suspensions

Henrico County’s public schools system should adopt a number of measurable, across-the-board goals and desired outcomes as part of a long-term plan to reduce discipline disparities among its students, a consultant has outlined in a report to the School Board.

In total, Susan Barrett of the Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore outlined 22 recommendations for the School Board to consider in its attempt to address the disparities. In 2012, the school system came under fire from local groups after a UCLA study showed that black students accounted for a disproportionate number of suspensions in the county. > Read more.

State sues Henrico hotel

‘Bait-and-switch’ practice alleged
Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today that his office has filed a lawsuit against GRM Management LLC, a Virginia limited liability company that operates the Richmond Magnuson Grand Hotel and Convention Center in Henrico County, for alleged violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and Virginia's "bait and switch" statute.

The hotel is located at 6531 West Broad Street in the Near West End.
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Amtrak station parking expansion plans progress


Relief is on the way for the crowded Amtrak station parking lot on Staples Mill Road.

A nearly five-acre expansion to the lot could begin later this year and be completed by the summer of 2015. The Virginia Department of Transportation has purchased five parcels of land adjacent to the station and is under contract on two other adjacent parcels, which should close later this spring, VDOT spokeswoman Lindsay LeGrand said. > Read more.

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Community

Stepping Up

A child watches bubbles rise at the fifth annual Step Up for Down Syndrome event at Short Pump Town Center Oct. 8. The event raised funds for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.
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Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

Milestones

John Hutcheson, Jr., son of Rossie and Randy Hutcheson; Graham Jones, son of The Rev. and Mrs. Gary D. Jones; and Warren Snead, III, son of Brenda and Warren L. Snead, Jr., of Richmond, were recently inducted into the Order of Gownsmen at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. The Order of the Gowsnmen is a unique student government body among U.S. colleges and universities. Since 1875 the Order of Gownsmen has remained the body responsible for maintaining the spirit, traditions, and ideals of the University of the South. The wearing of the gown is both a sign of academic achievement and a promise to continue the ideals and traditions of the university. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite food establishment fared during recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CMoR, Cultural Arts Center to partner

First joint event planned for June 26 at West Broad Village
The Children’s Museum of Richmond and The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen have joined together to bring the first Heart the Arts Festival to the Short Pump community.

The two organizations will be co-hosting the event on Sunday, June 26 from noon until 5 p.m. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite food establishment fared during recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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