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A view of the part of the site north of Broad with the National Slavery Museum in the distance. (File image courtesy of the City of Richmond)

Site investigation of a slavery museum and transfer of surplus property on Richmond’s agenda

The Richmond City Council will meet Monday for a special meeting beginning at 4 p.m. to pass six ordinances, including an emergency resolution authorizing the city’s participation in a proposed settlement of opioid-related lawsuits against grocery chain Kroger and related companies.

The council will also introduce an ordinance declaring the surplus and transferring the city-owned property at 4929 Chamberlayne Avenue to the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood to build a health center.

Following the special meeting, the Council’s Standing Committee on Organizational Development will meet. On the committee’s agenda, and in continuation of previous meetings, is a request for a feasibility study of possible sites for a proposed national slavery museum that would anchor the Shockoe Bottom Heritage Campus, also in the works and now called “The Shockoe Project.”

The complete agendas of the meetings can be found here.

RRHA hires DC housing executive as chief of staff

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Kimberley Cole

The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority has hired Kimberley Cole, a former executive at Inlivian Housing Authority in Charlotte, as chief of staff. Cole will serve on the executive team and provide strategic support to the CEO and Chief Operations Officer, as well as leadership and operational oversight of the RRHA.

In addition to Inlivian, Cole worked at the District of Columbia Housing Authority and was managing partner of the LewisCole Group, a housing group in Maryland. Most recently, she was COO at Resource Solutions, a management consulting firm in Washington, DC

Cole holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hampton University and a master’s degree in public management from the University of Maryland.

Goochland appoints new IT Director

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Jonathan Hughes

Jonathan Hughes has been appointed director of Goochland County’s IT department.

Hughes was scheduled to begin his post on Monday (today). The county announced his appointment last week.

Most recently, Hughes was director of IT infrastructure and networks at Summit Cos., a nationwide fire protection equipment and services company, according to a Goochland press release. He holds a degree from ITT Technical Institute and has more than 16 years of IT experience.

Chesterfield Board approves residential project in Rockwood area

Rockwood Grove Plan 2024

Rockwood Grove would include 260 townhomes on a 35-acre site near the intersection of Hull Street and Courthouse Road. (BizSense file)

The Board of Supervisors last week approved a 260-unit townhouse project for a Chesterfield neighborhood that county officials say is ripe for redevelopment.

StyleCraft Homes’ Rockwood Grove project is set to be built on a 35-acre site on Hull Street Road, adjacent to the Oxbridge Square Shopping Center.

The approved development plan has been scaled down from an earlier proposal to provide up to 420 residential units, spread across 180 terraced houses and 240 apartments.

The latest version of the project envisages not only completely eliminating housing but also a 2-hectare commercial area. The groundbreaking ceremony for the project is planned for the end of 2025.

The facility would have an entrance on Hull Street and, according to a concept plan, would also extend Paulett Road in the Falling Creek neighborhood to connect it to Oxbridge Road.

StyleCraft will build its facility on a four-parcel site consisting of 9801 Oxbridge Place and 9701, 9725 and 9727 Hull Street Road.

In addition to a rezoning, Chesterfield supervisors also approved StyleCraft’s requests for a special permit to build a shared-use trail that would run along the south end of the property. Instead, StyleCraft offered an easement on the property to reserve space for another entity that could one day build the trail. The trail is part of a larger planned trail recommended in the county’s land planning documents.

The board unanimously approved Rockwood Grove’s request.

StyleCraft’s project falls within the Rockwood Special Focus Area. The plan, approved by Chesterfield supervisors in 2021, provides guidance for redeveloping the aging retail centers on Hull Street and Courthouse Road and the surrounding area.

Chesterfield wins 31 NACo awards

Chesterfield’s departments have received 31 awards from the National Association of Counties, a national advocacy and resource organization for county governments. The awards program began in 1970 and recognizes programs and services provided by county governments.

Chesterfield has won awards for programs and services created by economic development, public safety, library, information technology, planning and other departments, a news release said.

“These awards underscore the commitment of county employees to providing outstanding service to citizens in creative and innovative ways,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Holland said in a prepared statement.

The county announced the awards last week, saying it had received awards for all but one of its submissions this year.

Richmond International Airport wins HR award

RIC Award

Pictured from left: RIC HR team members Althea Veney, Uday Nethula and Pamela Kelley. (Photo courtesy of RIC)

Richmond International Airport has been recognized for its human resources programs in the 2024 Human Resources Excellence Recognition Program Awards. The awards are given by Airports Council International-North America, an industry association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada.

RIC won the Change Management Program Award for its HR programs, which, according to an airport press release, “represent an innovative and proactive approach for airports to engage with their employees, track their development, provide them with development opportunities and establish community engagement initiatives.”

RIC representatives present at the awards ceremony included Uday Nethula, Chief Human Resources Officer; Pamela Kelley, Human Capital and Benefits Manager; Basil Dosunmu, CFO; Russ Peaden, Director of Real Estate and Concessions; and Aimee Gagliardone, Contracts Administrator for Real Estate and Concessions.