Ginter Park Weekly Gazette – Friday, August 5
- Things to do this Weekend
- August Blood Drive Wednesday
- City News-Zoning Changes Proposed, to Impact Ginter Park
- Neighborhood News
Are you loving Summer, or are you longing for Fall?
This Weekend in Northside
Friday, August 5, SportsBackers Moonlight Ride
For Families! Wildlife Wonders After Dark! August 5, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Science After Dark and “Planet Shark” admission is free for Museum members. Discounts are available for EBT cardholders, educators, college students and military with a valid ID.
Saturday, August 6 – Music on Brown’s Island, BrewHaHa, and More…
From Axios Richmond:
|Local punk legend Avail is playing in Richmond on Saturday, and you can still get tickets.
Why it matters: The band, a throwback to Richmond’s status as a 1990s punk hot spot, is so beloved locally that it was almost impossible to get into the sold-out reunion shows they played at the National three years ago.
What they’re saying: Avail frontman Tim Barry told RVA Mag he’s especially looking forward to riding his bike to the show with his 7-year-old daughter.
Details: The show, named “Over the James” after the band’s popular 1998 album, also features Quicksand, Cave In, Ceremony, Screaming Females and Terminal Bliss.
Wednesday, August 10
Urgent Need for Blood Donors
Get a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of your choice when you come to give blood in August. PLUS, automatically be entered for your chance to win gas for a year.*
GPRA and GPPC-Hosted Red Cross Blood Drive
In recent weeks, the Red Cross has experienced a decline in donations, leading to a 20% drop in the blood supply. This decline in donations is a trend that may soon make it tougher to keep blood products stocked on hospital shelves.
By donating in August, donors can pump up the blood supply for those in immediate need of lifesaving care and those who rely on transfusions for treatment.
CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment:
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Zoning Changes Are Coming – GPRA Board Wants Your Input
Just one year after revising City Air BnB regulations, the City is re-evaluating them. The 2020 rules require short term rental or Air BnB owners to reside in their unit or in a home on the property for 185 days of the year. STR units have no limit on the number of rental days per year.
In addition, there is consideration for new rules allowing residential property owners to build and rent out a second home or an above-garage apartment on their lot. Under the new Richmond 300 Plan, Accessory Dwelling Units, which may be second homes or rental apartments, will be allowed by right with “some regulations” in all residential zones. Ginter Park and Laburnum Park, within our Association Area, have been predominantly single family residential zoning. Advocates of the changes state that allowing ADUs by right will increase affordable housing opportunities and increase density in areas targeted for more development.
Finally, eliminating parking requirements is on the list of recondsiderations.
City Meetings on Proposed Changes
Tuesday, August 9, 6:00 pm, Main Library, 562 North Second Street
Wednesday, August 10, 12:00 pm, Virtual meeting
Call in: 804-316-9457, code 783 019 883#
Video, visit bit.ly/3bvgAGN
Telephone Town Halls, Tuesday, August 16, 6:00 pm, and Wednesday, August 17 at noon, Register at bit.ly/3bvgAGN
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Neighborhood Traffic Calming News
Engaged and active volunteers make a difference! Sally Brown, GPRA District Rep and neighbors initiated a request for an assessment for traffic calming measures in the northern district of the Association Area, and were rewarded with responsiveness from City Traffic Engineering. Travis Bridewell, Operations Engineer, provided a field evaluation between Watkins St / Azalea Ave and the alley’s between Brook Rd / Chamberlayne Ave. DPW will plan the following sign work:
- Watkins St at the alleys
- Install and replace as needed: “Do not enter”, “one-way” and “turn restriction” type signs.
- Alleys between Watkins St and Azalea Ave
- Install as needed: No thru traffic in alley” signs
DPW will also install two “No Truck” prohibition signs on Chamberlayne Ave for Westbrook Ave.
25mph signs are the statutory signs for residential streets. This statement is from DMV: Unless there is a speed limit sign stating otherwise, the maximum speed limit for passenger vehicles and motorcycles is 25 MPH for school, business and residential area. Virginia Driver’s Manual 2022 | (VA DMV Handbook) (dmv-permit-test.com)
The Bellevue Civic Association Traffic Committee initiated a traffic calming request for West Laburnum Avenue, which bisects Bellevue and Laburnum Park, with a positive response from Traffic Engineering as well. Here are highlights of their work from their facebook page:
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