Feb 21

Historic Richmond Requests Reschedule of Monument Avenue Commission Meeting

Historic Richmond requests that the Mayor’s Monument Avenue Commission reschedule tonight’s meeting to a future date and location with the capacity to accommodate any members of the public that wish to attend.

Historic Richmond works every day hand in hand with fellow non-profits, businesses, community stakeholders and other partners in the community to think creatively about solving the most pressing community issues. These issues include blight, vacant tax delinquent properties and demolitions, to master planning, to significant development proposals relating to historic structures and neighborhoods such as Shockoe Bottom, Church Hill, Court End, and Jackson Ward.

Historic Richmond has actively monitored the community discussions relating to Monument Avenue. We support the work of the Mayor’s Monument Avenue Commission, and encourage interested members of the Richmond community to submit comments to the Commission.

The Commission announced at its November 14, 2017 meeting that it would hold small group meetings with requesting groups. We requested a small group meeting and were advised by the Commission that we could have a small group meeting with members of the Commission at our office. In the past 24 hours we were advised that our small group meeting must be open to the public. Had we known this far enough in advance we would have identified an alternate location that is more suitable for such a public meeting. Our office conference room is very small, and it has only limited capacity. We understand and support the public’s desire for an open and transparent public process with respect to the Commission’s important work.

Based on the response to the press coverage, contacts to our office, and a concern for public safety, we are requesting that the Commission reschedule tonight’s meeting to a convenient future date at a location with the capacity to accommodate any members of the public that wish to attend.

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About Historic Richmond. Historic Richmond is a non-profit organization dedicated to shaping the future of Richmond by preserving our distinctive historic character, sparking revitalization and championing our past and future architectural legacy. Visit HistoricRichmond.com, join us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @historicRVA.