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Weekly Gazette, Monday, June 13

Contents Today

  • Neighborhood and Northside News – Membership Dues; Volunteerism; Blood Drive June 15;  Adopt-a Tree Time;  New Farmers Market; Brook Road Youth Farm Graduates First Co-hort
  • City News – Redistricting; Casino Referendum Re-do; Diamond District Process Update; Following City Council
  • VDOT Updates – Fall Line Trail

Monday Neighborhood and Northside News

GPRA Membership

We thank all of the new Members who enrolled and paid dues.  We remind previous Members that, if you have not paid dues in 2022, then your annual dues are past due, with new expiration date june 1, 2023 once you renew. Please renew your membsership at ginterpark.org/Membership on the main menu, then Join. Take advantage of the benefits and contribute to the betterment of our community. Membership Makes a Difference! 

Volunteerism

Local volunteerism packs a big impact, and volunteering for your neighborhood association is one way to contribute to our community in a meaningful way. Just an hour or two of your time a month contributes to GPRA’s ability to fulfill our mission and goals to serve our neighborhood.  There are a variety of volunteer roles and one that is a good fit for your talents, interests and availability.  Here are a few possibilities, but there are other roles, as well.

  • Social Committee:  Love neighbors, making plans to bring them together to make connections, conversation and fun? This is for you! The Chair position is a Board position, and there is an annual budget for gatherings. We are looking for fresh faces, fresh ideas!
  • Public Safety:  One goal of GPRA is to promote a safer and more secure neighborhood, and we do that through good working relationships with RPD and with Traffic Engineering to impact crime and street safety. We are in need of a Chair, which is a Board position, and a small team. No need for law enforcement background, just good relationship and communication skills and an interest in this area. President, Susan Rebillot, has been filling in and can tell you all about this role!
  • Nominating Committee Members: The Nominating Committee is a standing committee that is responsible for recruiting candidates for the Board and Committee Chairs, and we are looking for 2-3 community members with plenty of neighborhood relationships to serve on this team.
  • Communications/Advertsiing: The Communications Team is in need of an Advertsining specialist, someone who is comfortable speaking to local businesses about advertising for our newsletter and website. We are open to fresh ideas about new advertsining packages for businesses.

Please contact President Susan Rebillot about any volunteer roles, 804-367-4529,  president@ginterpark.org

June Red Cross/GPRA Blood Drive – it’s not too late to sign up!

It’s Adopt-a-Tree Time!

Every year, GPRA participates in a coordinated effort with the City of Richmond Adopt-a-Tree Program to replenish our neighborhood canopy by surveying the neighborhood City street tree wells, assisting neighbors with applications for tress, and by contributing 50% of the City fee per tree for Members of the Association.  So, pay your dues, and rather than pay $50 for each tree that you would like, pay $25, and GPRA will pay $25.

If you would like the assistance of the Tree Team in adopting, please contact beautification@ginterpark.org 

Learn all about the City Adopt-a-Tree Program at: https://www.visitrichmondva.com/

You will find Applications; the City Interactive Tree Map to see then number and location of City street tree wells adjacent to your property (just enter your address and search); and required responsibilities of those who adopt. While you can adopt independently of GPRA, a coordinated effort helps GPRA to track gaps in the canopy and to problem-solve any issues with fulfillment with the City Arborist.

The City deadline for all Applications is August 31, so the GPRA deadline for our assistance is August 10.  Approved trees are planted Fall 2022-Winter 2023. 

Congratulations to Brook Road Youth Farm, A Happily Natural Day Educational Project!

Congratulations to Duron Chavis, his team and to the first graduating co-hort of BRYF!  From Duron’s facebook post:

Today we finished our first Brook Road Youth Farm cohort. 12 youth age 11-19. Each one got 600$ plus a set of tools and a composting system for their home. The young people managed a quarter acre greenspace, grew cabbage, kale, onions, garlic, herbs and collard greens. They learned urban gardening, composting, art, had guest speakers from the community and helped cook an amazing farm to table meal for their last day of class. If anybody knows of any donors trying to invest 7200$ into youth learning gardening, send them our website link https://thenaturalfestival.com/donations/donate/

I believe that children are the future , teach them well and let them guide the way. Show them all the beauty they possess in side (in my Randy Watson from Coming to America voice)

 

 

 

 

It’s Farmer Market Season! Check out this new Farmers Market in Northside, in nearby Brookland Park.

Stay Abreast of City News

City Redistricting of Voting Districts, Voting Precincts, and Polling Places

On May 23, City Council approved new voting district boundaries in order for each district to have roughly 25,000 voters.  For those who reside within the GPRA boundaries, those voters who were previously in District 2 have been shifted to District 3.  1800 voters city-wide were shifted to other districts. Please review the City website for the new map and details, and reference the RTD article, May 29, 2022, link below, for information.

https://www.rva.gov/richmond-city-council/redistricting

https://richmond.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/following-delayed-adoption-thousands-of-richmonders-will-be-located-in-new-vo

The Casino Question

In the November 2021 Referendum. the initial vote on the casino was defeated by 1,493 votes out of 79,000 votes cast. While a judge approved the City’s request to hold a second referendum on the same casino proposal as previously in November 2022, a southside location to be developed by Urban One, there may still be a hurdle to overcome even if approved by voters this time. Here’s a link to the story. At the GPRA Annual picnic, District 3 Councilwoman Lambert explained that her reason for supporting the referendum redo is the small margin of defeat and the appeal of development that is expected to bring jobs and revenues to the City.

https://richmond.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/richmond-casino-redo-can-go-on-ballot-but-va-

Diamond District Development

Have you been keeping up with the Diamond District Development proposal process? Three development teams were selected to submit full proposals for the 67.7 acre development project on North rthur Ashe Jr. Boulevard.  The full proposals are due to the Evaluation Panel June 28, 2022. The City Council vote to approve a proposal is acheduled July 9, 2022.  A public Hearing was hosted by the City on June 8 to disccuss the benefits of public-private partnerships and the Diamond District Development process. Click on this link for identification of the three teams, their composition, their broad concepts and their renderings, as well as the explanation of the selection process and identification of the Evaluation Panel. This link will also tell you how to submit questions or to provide input directly to the Evaluation Panel. What’s on your wish list?  What are your questions?  What are your concerns?

https://www.rva.gov/economic-development/diamond

Following the City Council Action

  • City council has extended the vehicle property tax bill deadline to Friday, August 5Learn more or access your bill online. The real estate tax tax bill deadline is still Tuesday, June 14.
  • Gun Buy Back Ordinance is on the Agenda June 13, 2022, 6:00 pm, (ORD. 2022–169)
  • Councilwoman Ann-Frances Lambert’s District 3 Newsletter

Contact Liaison Kiya Stokes, Kiya.Stokes@rva.gov to sign up for the Councilwoman’s informative newsletter, all about what’s happening in District 3 and other City news.

https://www.rva.gov/office-city-clerk/council-meetings

VDOT Updates

Fall Line Trail –

We encourage Laburnum Park and Ginter Park residents to become informed about this proposed multi-modal 43 mile trail connecting urban and suburban trails and parks. This can be a positive, exciting project, but there are concerns, too.  Here are two links to get you started.  For those who are already concerned about the published potential model for the portion along Hermitage Road that would impact our neighborhood ( refer to Weekly Gazette editions on this website, dated May 6 and May 13),  be aware that the funding is not yet approved for this portion of the work, and that there will be a process for public engagement, information and public input. Randee Humphrey, Vice President of the GPRA Board is the lead for our Board in gathering updated information and representing the Board with the partnering agencies.

https://www.virginiadot.org/projects/richmond/fall-line-trail.asp

https://www.falllineva.org

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