Henrico to celebrate rehabilitation, sale of home on Fayette Avenue

A rehabilitated home at 629 Fayette Ave. will be sold this month to a first-time homebuyer following an extensive improvement project guided by Henrico County.

Representatives of the Henrico Department of Community Revitalization, Southside Community Development & Housing Corp., Better Housing Coalition and others will gather at the home on Thursday, Nov. 15 to celebrate its transformation.

The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will feature tours of the property and remarks by project leaders, Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton and Marie Bailey, who is scheduled to buy the home. The 1,576-square-foot, ranch-style property was built in 1953 in the Fayette Park subdivision, off Richmond-Henrico Turnpike near Richmond International Raceway.

Southside Community Development & Housing Corp., a nonprofit community development corporation, bought the vacant and dilapidated home in foreclosure for $30,000, using funds provided to Henrico by the federal HOME program, which supports efforts to create housing for individuals with low and moderate incomes. Better Housing Coalition was hired as a contractor and recently completed more than $70,000 in improvements.

The rehabilitation project highlights Henrico’s approach to using HOME funds, a portion of which is set aside to help first-time homebuyers. With the Fayette Avenue project, the Department of Community Revitalization focused on a vacant property that had become blighted and a persistent challenge for the community and the county.
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A safer way across


A project years in the making is beginning to make life easier for wheelchair-bound residents in Northern Henrico.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is completing a $2-million set of enhancements to the Brook Road corridor in front of St. Joseph's Villa and the Hollybrook Apartments, a community that is home to dozens of disabled residents. > Read more.

New conservation easement creates wooded buffer for Bryan Park

Five years ago, members of the Friends of Bryan Park were facing the apparently inevitable development of the Shirley subdivision in Henrico, adjacent to the forested section of the park near the Nature Center and Environmental Education Area.

As part of the Shirley subdivision, the land had been divided into 14 lots in 1924, but had remained mostly undisturbed through the decades. In 2012, however, developers proposed building 40 modular houses on roughly 6.5 acres, clear-cutting the forest there and creating a highly dense neighborhood tucked into a dead end. > Read more.

Meet the men running for governor


Virginia will elect a new governor this year.

The governor’s position is one of great power and influence, as the current officeholder, Terry McAuliffe, has demonstrated by breaking the record for most vetoes in Virginia history.

However, during the last gubernatorial race in 2014, the voter turnout was less than 42 percent, compared with 72 percent during last year’s presidential election. > Read more.

RISC to address reading, childhood trauma, job training at assembly

On May 1, more than 1,700 community members representing Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities will gather at St. Paul’s Baptist Church (4247 Creighton Road) at 7 p.m. to address elementary reading, childhood trauma and job training in the greater Richmond region. Community members will speak about each issue and proposed solution.

For three years, the organization has sought implementation of a specific literacy program in Henrico County that it believes would help children who struggle with reading. > Read more.

Henrico to begin update of zoning, subdivision ordinances April 26


Henrico County is beginning a comprehensive update of its zoning and subdivision ordinances — the first such effort in six decades — and will introduce the project as part of the April 26 meeting of the Henrico County Planning Commission.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. The ordinance update project will be featured as the final item on the agenda. Project consultant Clarion Associates will give a presentation, and meeting participants will be able to ask questions and provide comments. > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The speaker will be Robert Wright, an environmental scientist who loves the animal and plant life of the Richmond region, and is fortunate enough to make a living exploring it. His talk, “Married to the Job: What's Not to LOVE About Environmental Science?” will provide a visual feast featuring Virginia flora and fauna found on projects that require environmental solutions. A short business meeting will follow the presentation. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.vnps.org/pocahontas. Full text

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