So it looks like Boulevard is on the rise. There are enough projects going on that even if one or two fall through, the momentum is still there. It’s exciting to see the area that is the introduction to Richmond for many people coming into the area off of I-64/I-95 finally being developed the way it should.
There are a couple of options on the block for the city-owned property adjacent to the Diamond. I have posted before about the proposal for the new baseball stadium there. From an article in the March 2007 issue of Richmond Magazine, there is another proposal that entails VCU using the same land as a tennis complex. The "plans include a field house, six to eight indoor tennis courts, 12 to 14 outdoor courts and a center-court stadium, as well as a possible student-housing component".
The Boulevard Square cineplex and retail development mentioned in previous posts is still on track, from what I understand.
[Cole Bucholtz] and the owners of River City Tattoo, Jessika and Rob Weaver, are opening Strong Hill Dining Company
in a building that once held Motor Europa. The three are renovating it
from the ground up, bringing in all new kitchen equipment, a bar,
booths and tables. Plus, they’re planning to install a rooftop patio
and a small private dining room for parties.
I have even heard rumors of other moves that could be very interesting, but can’t be verified at the moment.
Even smaller pieces have fallen into place over the past couple of years, with the retail shops getting face-lifts and gaining new tenants, filling in the holes.
Any suggestions as to what could keep this momentum hot? I’m all ears.