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Funds Earmarked for Scott’s Addition Traffic Study, Green Space

Some good news for Richmond’s Scott’s Addition neighborhood. Craig Beiber, the legislative assistant for Councilwoman Kim Gray, confirms $60,000 will be in the City’s 2018 Capital Improvement Plan and completely earmarked for a traffic study of the neighborhood. And, Bieber says the administration has advised that it will cover any additional costs to fully cover the expense of the traffic study.

Residents and business owners in Scott’s Addition have expressed concern about the amount of one-way streets in the neighborhood that seem inconsistent and can create confusion for drivers unfamiliar with the area. Moreover, many of the main thoroughfares in Scott’s Addition are one-way roads, assigned when the neighborhood was heavily industrial, and perhaps not applicable given the current growth of the area.

Parking is also a growing concern. One section of Summit Ave. has the reverse-angle parking system in place but members of the community have asked if it should be adopted throughout the neighborhood to maximize space or if it should be removed all together.

The hope is the traffic study will address all of the concerns and offer clarity on how to improve access in and around the area that is bordered by Boulevard and Broad Streets.

In addition to funding for the traffic study, proceeds from the sale of the Richmond Horse Stables to Blue Bee Cider will also be in this year’s budget. As promised, $394,950 will be earmarked for green space in Scott’s Addition.

As mentioned, with the area once being primarily industrial, few if any properties have landscape. And with a growing residential population bringing in children and pets – the desire is to create a gathering area to help reinforce the community.

A VCU urban planning student recently assessed the need and possibilities for green space in her personal school study. She presented her findings at a recent Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association meeting and offered suggestions of perhaps buying or being gifted property specifically for a park, or even looking at repurposing land near the railroad track on the backside of the neighborhood near Carlton Street or Paton Avenue.