An Archive of Assorted SCA Online News ( starting in 2007)
Forest Hill Ave Widening Project (updated 12/13/16)
Land acquisition is nearly completed for this project. The City will begin relocating utilities in the spring and construction will likely commence in the fall. For more comprehensive review of the project; Click here
New Plans for the Shops @ Stratford Hills (Oct 2016)
The Shops at Stratford Hills anchored by Martins and Target has the following news to report. Let us know what you think.
Starbucks is also asking for a drive-thru with a median break at the Joe Brooks entrance road to renew and remain in this location.
The center is experiencing business turnover, with several leases expiring and tenants vacating- *this now includes Martins, one of the anchor stores. Visibility is a key concern for retailers, as well as convenient access and parking. While keeping the center from turning into a generic retail space/ and maintaining the safety ofarea roads is a concern of the neighborhood.The developers are working on ways to modify the Community Unit Plan for this Shopping Center to retain current retailers and restaurants and to attract other business to the area. As the City decision process unfolds the City, and the SCA, are interested in the community's input.
Forest Hill Ave Self Storage proposal (April 2016)
Regarding the proposed 50,000 square foot Forest Hill self-storage unit development (on property across from Huguenot High School), the Southampton Citizens Association had an amazing turnout last night (approximately 60+ persons) and the neighborhood's voices were heard clearly. The SCA did what it does best, which was to organize and provide a forum for concerned citizens to meet and voice their opinions on the issues that affect them. There was very little support for this project and at the end of the meeting the developer stated that he heard and respected the community’s many issues with the project and would pull the plan for putting a storage facility in our neighborhood. The future for this lot is still unclear, but we hope the next plan for this land will be more appropriate for our neighborhood.
2015 Treasurer's Annual report
Click Here to Read the Report
Proposed self storage unit on Forest Hill 4/2016
Regarding the proposed 50,000 square foot Forest Hill self-storage unit development(across from Huguenot High School), the Southampton Citizens Association had an amazing turnout at the April 2016 meeting (approximately 60+ persons) and the neighborhood's voices were heard clearly. The SCA did what it does best, which was to organize and provide a forum for concerned citizens to meet and voice their opinions on the issues that affect them.
There was very little support for this project (or the rezoning)and at the end of the meeting the developer stated that he heard and respected the community’s many issues with the project (noise, design, fitting in with the neighborhood, lighting, hours of operation etc) and would pull the plan for putting a storage facility in our neighborhood.
The future for this lot is still unclear, but we hope the next plan for this land will be more appropriate for our neighborhood.
SCA in the News- Why There isn't a Cherokee Entrance to the Shops at Strafford Hills
SCA president Jon Young and Councilwoman Kathy Graziano explain the reasons for there not being a Cherokee Road Entrance to the Shops at Strafford Hills. Click Here to read the Times Dispatch article
2015 Mid Year Statement
2014 Treasurer's Report
SCA 2014 Spring Clean Up
The SCA Spring Clean Up on April 5th was a huge success. We focused on areas near the Jones and Jones Property on Forest Hill Ave and along Riverside Dr and the Forest Hill/ Chippenham interchange. Thanks to all the volunteers that came out to help!
See images of the clean-up on our Facebook page
In Support of the Neigborhoods Near Stony Point Mall
Below is background from the Huguenot Farms Area Association concerning the proposed Stony Point CUP:
As many of you know, there is currently before the City Planning Commission a developer’s proposal to amend the existing Stony Point Community Use Plan (CUP) to permit the construction of 282 units of attached residencies varying from 2 to 4 stories in height on a 27.7 acre parcel west of the Chippenham Parkway, south of Cherokee Road, and East of Saratoga Road (designated Northern L). That parcel is currently zoned for office park and related retail use (such as restaurants) only. After careful consideration of the developer’s proposal, the Huguenot Farms Area Association board and officers are recommending to the Planning Commission at its meeting this coming Monday at 1:30pm that the proposal as written be rejected.
Our position is based on four factors:
The proposed residential development significantly exceeds the square footage of development allowed under the current CUP. Under the current CUP, a developer can build 200,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space on parcel Northern L. The 282 apartment units and related facilities represent over 370,000 square feet of structures, which is 150,000 square feet more than currently permitted.
The proposed density of residential development in parcel Northern L (10.18 units per acre) significantly exceeds both the average density of residential development in the parcel Southern L (5.24 units per acre) and the density of the most comparable residential development in Southern L known as “Creeks Edge Apartments” (7.76 units per acre). Indeed, the proposed complex shows 282 units on 27.7 acres 10.18 units per acre or a 31% increase in residential density on a parcel just 6.5% larger in size than “Creeks Edge Apartments.”
Whereas residential developments in parcel Southern L enjoy 250 foot buffers from existing residential development zoned R-1, the proposed development of Northern L offers buffer ranging from only 100 feet to two areas that show 180 feet.
These issues of unusually high density and unusually small buffers are significant given that the parcel of land in question is part of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area, a 600- footwide band adjacent to all of the city’s streams and to the James River. Within each of these areas, statutory requirements limit development or require specific development performance standards to protect both property and water quality. The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act shows nearly all of Northern L within the Resource Management Area.
Where we part ways with the proposed amendment is that it offers unusually high density development with unusually small buffers from existing neighbors in the most environmentally sensitive parcel of land left in Stony Point Park. In sum, it is a bad plan for the wrong parcel of land…
The SCA supports the Huguenot Farms Area Association position on this issue.
Cherokee Road Survey
The link below is to a pdf that shows the results of the Cherokee Road survey the SCA conducted in 2012. A Cherokee Road committee is going over the data so that we will be able to make suggestions for improvements to City Council.
Click here to see results.
Forest Hill Widening project
2013. This project is being conducted by the city of Richmond to consider improvements along Forest Hill Avenue from west of Powhite Parkway to east of Hathaway Road. The city’s goal is to improve safety and traffic flow as well as to enhance livability along Forest Hill Avenue. The project is currently in the preliminary design phase. This phase is funded through federal funds and will take approximately one year to complete before moving on to the next phase.
The project will consider the following:
- Widening of the road from four lanes to five lanes
- New or improved curbs and gutters
- Bike lanes
- Storm sewer system for improved drainage
- Traffic signal improvements
- GRTC bus stop enhancements
- Landscape enhancements and street lighting improvements
Tomorrow is the SCA Spring Clean Up on Saturday May 11th. The focus of the Spring Clean Up will be to pick up trash/debris around the entrances to our neighborhood. If anyone needs volunteer/community service hours, this could be a fun and rewarding way to get them. The Facebook page for this event is: https://www.facebook.com/events/387320551382411/ Please plan on meeting at the SRA Club House at 9am! Try to bring gloves, trash bags will be provided!
Looking to Get Natural Gas for your Home?
We will be hosting a presentation by the city on natural gas at our April meeting. One of the key items to point out is that if you don’t have natural gas on your street, the overall cost to get the city to run the lines decreases with the amount of houses they will be connecting. The SCA, in support of our concerned resident, would like to help educate and connect interested neighbors to drive the economies of scale and reduce the initial costs to you.
Photos from the Huguenot Memorial Day Bridge Day celebration
Saying goodbye to the old bridge on July, 1st 2012. While the first half of the bridge was officially opened for traffic on Saturday the public had the opportunity to walk, bike or picnic on the old bridge on Sunday before demolition begins on it later this month. Click here and here to view photos of the event
2012/Cherokee Road Survey
The link below is to a pdf that shows the results of the Cherokee Road survey the SCA conducted last year. A Cherokee Road committee is going over the data so that we will be able to make suggestions for improvements to City Council. Click here to see results.
New Huguenot High School
The new Huguenot High School, the first high school to be built in Richmond in over 40 years. ground was broken on November 2011. The new school will house 1,400 students. Demolition of the existing building and final construction will be completed around May 2015.
Today’s Huguenot High School opened on September 6, 1960.
Crime Watch Update
09/15/2010- There have been numerous break-ins reported in our community in the past few weeks. Please be sure to report any suspicious activity, and remember to keep your doors and windows locked when your not at home.
Council President Kathy Graziano presents Richmond Community Service Award to Mary Argenteanu and
Mary Blanchard for the support and commitment to the Southampton Learning Garden Project
May15 '10 SCA Night at the Diamond
It was a big night at the Squirrel's Nest (Diamond). If any neighbors came to the baseball game - we are sorry we missed you. It was another sellout. Parking before the game, and seating in the section we had hoped to meet was a bit tricky.
But if you came we hope you had a good time.
Southampton School's Outdoor Lab and garden project Mary Argenteanu of the Richmond Audubon Society (RAS) and students from Southampton Elementary School work on the creation of a new garden area at the school. The program, sponsored by the school staff and RAS, is an all-volunteer effort to create an outdoor learning experience for the students as well as to beautify the school and the neighborhood. With help from the Audubon Society, Southampton Principal Linda Bennett and her staff, and community volunteers, the group laid out an ambitious plan to use gardens as a teaching tool, and a way to beautify the school and the Southampton neighborhood. The improvements this fall call for the creation of a native plant garden and raised plant beds. The program is supported solely by contributions.
Southampton School received a grant from Lowe's for $2,300 for garden installation. We will be working with the local Lowe's.
The SCA, Audobon Society and a generous gift from a neighborhood resident have all help to provide financial support to first phase of this grassroots program.
SCA Highlights 2008-2009
Letter from the SCA President. Click here
Wooden Guard Rails Replaced Near Riverside
It was recently called to the SCA's attention that there were numerous rotten and missing poles along Rattlesnake Creek where Stratford meets Riverside Drive. The SCA addressed this with the City and they have recently been replaced with new wooden rails. 4/15/09
2008 Riverfest and Wicked RiverRun 5k
It was perhaps one of the hottest Riverfest's (and W.R.R. 5k's) ever, but nontheless a huge success. Junior tree climbers, an old fashion bicycle( with the big front wheel), rockwall climbers, rickshaws, mountain music musicians, river waders and swimmers, pint-sized bike parade participants, and more could all be seen enjoying the day along Riverside Drive
THANKS AGAIN TO OUR SPONSORS!!!
>Positive Vibe Cafe, ph 804-560-9622
>Councilperson Kathy Graziano, ph 804-320-2454
>Stewart Green Associates, ph 804-320-0442
>Long and Foster Realtors/ Marianne and Jeff Donahue, ph 804-288-8888
>Sands Anderson Marks & Miller, ph 804-648-1636
Cell Tower Vote 6/17/2008
The SCA voted against supporting the NTelos plan for a cell tower ( at the Southampton Baptist Church) in the community . The vote was 8 members against and 2 members abstaining. The meeting was well attended by neighbors who mostly opposed a cell tower. Some of the reasons expressed included: it being inappropriate for a residentiial area, visual concerns, the effect it will have on property values, and a feeling that there was sufficient cell coverage in the neighborhood already. Since our last meeting in May the SCA recieved approximatly 44 emails and letters from neighbors opposing a tower. There were 8 cards of support from a mailing NTelos sent to existing customers.
Cell tower update *5/2008
Ntelos presented a revised plan for a cell tower at the April 17th meeting - the original plan was voted down by the SCA in December of 2007
Unlike the original plan, Ntelos has not notified neighbors of the revised proposal. This new plan involves a tower at the same location that would still be above the tree line, but at 90 ft high it would be lower than the original proposal.
The new tower would also be disguised to look like a tall pine tree with a cluster of branches at the top and simulated bark pole. There are no existing monopine towers in the Richmond metropolitan area- picture to the right is a simulation of the monopole (with optimum seasonal foliage) looking from the road behind the Church parking lot. The tower would only have a single carrier- Ntelos, instead of the original 2 carrier plan ( which would mean a smaller 'footprint ' area around the pole). The City would not likely turn down the single carrier design and commitment unless the City already had interest from another carrier or unless it felt there might be interest in the future) . The new proposal also calls for additional landscaping.
NTelos could not verify how many potential neighborhood residents it could effect.
Ntelos stated at the April 08 meeting that they were planning on presenting this new proposal to City Council sometime in June/July.
> City Land Use Administration chose not to support the resubmitted plans for the monopole and felt satisfied that the current zoning regulation prohitting monopoles ( including stealth monopoles) in residential neighborhoods is appropriate... click here to read the full comment letter (letter was sent to Ntelos representatives on 4/08/08) .
Land Use has not recieved follow up letters from Ntelos representatives.
Cell Tower Vote 12/07/07
- After many meetings and discussions the SCA voted to oppose the Ntelos cell tower (which requires a Special Use Permit on the R-2( residential) zoned land) at Southampton Baptist Church , near Cherokee and Comanche. It was a difficult vote considering the income it would give the church, but after taking in other considerations as well, including the fact that the tower would only benefit a limited area of Ntelos subscribers, it's effect on residential property values and the precedent a commercial tower in a residential neighborhood would set, the SCA ultimately decided that cell towers in our neighborhood weren't appropriate.
We did notify City Council about our decision, but the Ntelos proposal never went before Council.
A few photos from a neighborhood festival on Riverside Drive that the SCA sponsored over the years.
Events included a 5k race, early morning birdwatching tour, Fancy bicycle parade for kids, Hayrides along the river, Tree climbing and canoeing withRiverside Outfitters, Rivercritters with James River Naturalist Ralph White, Rickshaw rides by RiverCity Rickshaws, Climbing wall, Kayak demos, facepainting, and live music
2007 Riverfest and RiverRun photos- Click here.
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