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Dominion requests 3-month deferral in Varina substation case

In response to citizen input, company to consider adjacent site as possibility
A Dominion Virginia Power rendering shows what the view of power lines might look like from Osborne Turnpike if a substation were built 725 feet back from the road.
UPDATE: MAY 23, 1:50 P.M. – Plans for a Dominion Virginia Power substation in Varina could be delayed for three more months, after company officials today requested a deferral of their scheduled June 9 case before the Henrico Planning Commission.

The company is seeking to build a substation in Varina to improve service reliability in the region and wants to locate it on a 1.5-acre portion of a 10-acre site at 7000 Osborne Turnpike.

Company officials now are asking that the case be delayed until September so that they may consider input they received during a public meeting May 17 at Varina High School. Specifically, they intend to consider the possibility of purchasing a portion of an adjacent 477-acre parcel on Osborne Turnpike, which was listed for sale recently. Several speakers at last week's meeting urged Dominion representatives to consider that option.

LOVE comes to town

LOVE has officially arrived in Henrico County. The Virginia Tourism Corporation and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden celebrated the arrival of the VTC's giant "LOVE" artwork at the garden Nov. 22 as part of the Dominion GardenFest of Lights, which officially opened Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9.

The LOVE sign is 16 feet long and more than 6 feet tall. It is part of the "Virginia is for Lovers" marketing campaign and will be on display throughout the GardenFest of Lights event. Lewis Ginter is the first attraction in the state to display the artwork, which previously has been displayed only at Virginia welcome centers statewide.

Short Pump Town Center kicks off holidays

Hundreds of people visited Short Pump Town Center Nov. 18 to celebrate Santa’s arrival with a parade and magical tree lighting, which were followed by performances by the Salvation Army Band and Susan Greenbaum.

Short Pump mall suspends cell-phone tracking program

Short Pump Town Center and another shopping mall in California have stopped tracking shoppers' cell phone signals temporarily, following a request from U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York. CNNMoney was first to report the announcement.

Short Pump Town Center and the Promenade Temecula in southern California (both Forest City Enterprises properties) began tracking the cell phone signals of shoppers on Black Friday in an attempt to cull information about their habits. Though the tracking was done anonymously, it raised concerns among some shoppers and other observers who felt it still was a violation of privacy.

Parkway completion ends four-decade wait


Residents of the nearby Eagles Creek and Eagles Ridge communities joined in the party with county supervisors, planning commission members, and public works officials – not to mention eager motorists – as Henrico County celebrated the long-awaited completion of the John Rolfe Parkway with a Nov. 8 ribbon-cutting ceremony at John Rolfe Commons.

Pumpkins away!

Henrico's first annual Punkin’ Dunkin’, postponed from its original pre-Halloween date due to rain, drew dozens of spectators to Lake Innsbrook Nov. 9 to cheer on pumpkin launchers of all ages.

Part of Innsbrook's Great Pumpkin Palooza benefiting The Faison School, the event featured a large trebuchet (dubbed “Harvest and Assault”) built by the trebuchet team of H&A Architects and Engineers, as well as a catapult-like device constructed by Highwoods Properties.

A jolly good time in Lakeside

Hundreds of shoppers spent an evening on Lakeside Avenue Nov. 11 as part of the annual “Holly Jolly Christmas” shopping event, which continued Nov. 12. Shoppers were able to take free trolley rides along the avenue Friday night to visit shops and the Lakeside Farmers’ Market. The event was sponsored by the Lakeside Business Association.

Gourd-geous sounds in the garden

The Richmond Indigenous Gourd Band performs during Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s ‘Goblins and Gourds’ harvest celebration in the Children’s Garden Oct. 23.

Wheelpower

Richmond Sportable Spokes players Colin Egan (left) and Brandon Sharpe (second from right) take advantage on a fast-break opportunity against the Long Island Lightning during a game earlier this month at the University of Richmond. The game was part of Sportable’s Roll on Richmond Juniors Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, an inaugural National Wheelchair Basketball Association sanctioned event.

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