Want to know more about plans to redevelop a large swath of downtown Richmond, including replacing the outdated, crumbling Richmond Coliseum, and share your two cents about the plans?
NH District Corp., which plans to submit a proposal for the project, will hold a series of community meetings on the next two Saturdays to fulfill community engagement requirements to bid on the work.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney in November announced the North of Broad Redevelopment proposed project, which includes construction of a 17,500-seat arena and a new hotel, revitalization of surrounding neighborhoods with mixed-income housing, preservation of the Blues Armory and construction of a permanent GRTC transfer plaza.
The proposed redevelopment area is bounded by North Fifth Street, East Leigh Street, North 10th Street and East Marshall Street, about 21 acres of publicly owned property.
Proposals are due Feb. 9.
NH District Corp., which is led by Dominion Energy chairman and CEO Thomas F. Farrell II, has been working privately on plans to replace the Coliseum and develop the area around it.
City officials have said they will not disclose a list of developers that have signaled interest in submitting proposals. The Richmond Times-Dispatch previously reported that 23 entities from across the country registered interest in the project by a December deadline.
Stoney’s administration will select the successful bidder in the spring. The Richmond City Council will then consider the submission.
The community engagement workshop meetings run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The forums will be held:
Saturday, Jan. 13
- Cedar Street Baptist Church, 2301 Cedar St.; and
- Six Points Innovation Center, 3001 Meadowbridge Road.
Saturday, Jan. 20
- Black History Museum and
- Cultural Center, 122 W. Leigh St.;
- Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4103 Monument Ave.;
- Westover Hills United Methodist Church, 1705 Westover Hills Blvd.; and
- Belmont United Methodist Church, 3510 Broad Rock Road.
For more details, updates and more meeting dates, check www.RFPdowntownRVA.com. Residents also can submit comments online.