Randolph West is a subdivision of Randolph in Richmond, Virginia. This website serves Randolph and surrounding areas. It is provided by the Randolph West Homeowners Association.

Streetlight Update 5 p.m. Monday Aug. 29

From the Richmond Department of Public Utilities:

Area of the city where streetlights are not operational:

At this time, the Churchill area does not have street lighting.  The substation and power distribution network are off line and undergoing repairs and evaluation due to Hurricane Irene.  The affected areas are bounded by the following: Southern: James River to City Line; Eastern: to I-95; Western: to RMA and Broad Rock to McGuire Blvd.

Substation feeding Shockoe Bottom, Shockoe Slip, and lower portions of Downtown area, feeding Fulton area undergoing repairs.  Restoration estimates approximately 3-days; all repair efforts are focused on Church Hill at this time.

At this time, the Southside area does not have street lighting.  The Wise Street Substation supplies power for this area, which is off-line due to Hurricane Irene.  The affected area is bounded by the following:  North: to I-95; East: 64 East: to County Line Henrico; South: down to Walmsley Blvd; and West: to Belvedere Blvd.

The Overbrook Substation which serves the Northside of the City is without street lighting.  Power is currently turned off from Dominion Virginia Power. This area needs further assessment and no further data is available at this time.

Posted: August 30th, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: News, Traffic & Road Construction | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

Randolph Community Group Holiday Party Rescheduled

The RCG Holiday Party is moved to Dec 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. due to the snow.

From Stephanie Rizzi, Randolph Community Group President:

“We hope you are keeping warm in this extremely cold weather.  As you may know, the forecasters are predicting snow for Thursday [Dec 16]  with accumulations from 1 to 3 inches.  Those of you who attended last year will remember that the circumstances were the same then.  It appears that the planning of this event is a pretty accurate predictor of snow.  In spite of this, we have rescheduled the holiday gathering for Tuesday, December 21st from 6-7:30 p.m.  We hope you are able to attend.  Those of you who have generously volunteered to provide food, our hope is that this won’t affect your plans.  Please let me know if you have questions or desire further information.

Have a wonderful remainder of the week, and enjoy the snow!”

Posted: December 16th, 2010 | Author: Morgan Porter | Filed under: Events, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Randolph West HOA Meeting Dec 8

What: Homeowners Association Meeting
When: Wednesday December 8, 2010 at 6:30PM
Where: 1721 Kemper Street
Who: All homeowners and tenants in Randolph West

Light refreshments will be served.

Posted: December 6th, 2010 | Author: Morgan Porter | Filed under: Events, News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Richmond Noise Ordinance Ruled Unconstitutional

The Richmond noise ordinance has been a controversial topic in this area for some time. Whilst some members of the community are keen to have restrictions placed in noise levels, others feel that this is unconstitutional. Until recently, residents have been required to comply with the ordinance, but now it seems that could be about to change.

This will undoubtedly have the largest impact upon those who live within the city itself. Of course, having invested in housing within this area, as well as home insurance, maintenance costs, and general living expenses, most local residents will be keen to make sure Richmomnd remains a pleasant place to live. However, it seems that some amendments to the noise ordinance rule are needed in order to ensure that it remains within the laws set out by the constitution.

Since August of last year, Richmond’s noise ordinance has come under heavy scrutiny after a VCU professor was slapped with a hefty fine shortly after the 11PM noise “cut off”. His lawyer, who represented him for free, said the ordinance itself was out of line. And Today, the Richmond General District Court agreed, and ruled the ordinance unconstitutional.

Richmond City Councilman, Charles R. Samuels, had this response:

“Today, Richmond’s Noise law was found to be unconstitutional by the Richmond City General District Court. While I am disappointed in the outcome, I respect the judge’s decision and appreciate the efforts and advocacy of both the Richmond Office of the City Attorney and the defendants’ attorneys.

The law was challenged in Richmond General District Court by a band that was disturbing their neighbors after 11:00 p.m. at night.  Today, the judge hearing the case found the current version of the law to be unconstitutionally overbroad and that it promotes religion and is therefore in violation of the First Amendment.  He also explicitly rejected the defendants’ proposition that “plainly audible to any [other] person” is too vague a standard, upholding the “plainly audible” standard.

… Since April I have been meeting with a workgroup to craft a new noise ordinance which I hope to introduce in December or January, 2011.”

As a homeowner in the city, I have a few suggestions for the city’s new noise policy:

  1. Make the start time later on the weekends and earlier during the week.
  2. Include specifics about loud music blaring from cars.
  3. Don’t exclude “religious” sounds.

Obviously, there needs to be a strict noise law on the books in the city. As someone who has been kept up by loud parties blocks away from my house, I hope the city gets something on the books that will stick.

Posted: November 30th, 2010 | Author: Morgan Porter | Filed under: News, Richmond City, Richmond City Council | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Public Meeting on Proposed Byrd Park Rope Course

As we mentioned here, a Rope Course is proposed for Byrd Park. Go Ape, an outdoor treetop adventure company with 31 ropes courses in the United States and the United Kingdom, has proposed construction of a ropes course for Richmond that would be located in the wooded area behind the Carillon.

This Thursday, November 18, 2010, there will be a Public Meeting on this proposed Byrd Park Ropes Course.

Who:

  • Dr. Carolyn N. Graham, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Services
  • The Honorable E. Martin “Marty” Jewell, Councilman, Richmond City Council, Central 5th District
  • J.R. Pope, Director, Richmond Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities
  • Douglas Dunlap, Project Development Manager, Economic & Community Development
  • Dan D’Agostino, U.S.A. Managing Director, Go Ape Ltd.

What:

City officials, along with representatives from Go Ape, will provide details on the ropes course, receive public comments and answer questions.

When:

Thursday, November 18, 2010
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where:

Carillon at Byrd Park
1300 Blanton Avenue

Posted: November 15th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Events, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Randolph Annoucements

Announcements from Stephanie Rizzi, President of the Randolph Community Group:

  • Since election day is the first Tuesday of November (Please vote–midterm elections are very important), the monthly Randolph Community Group meeting will be moved to November 9th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the usual location – The Randolph Community Center 1415 Grayland Avenue
  • Anyone interested in contributing funds to assist Milan Powell with purchasing a new bike can do so at the beginning of the November meeting.  We will have receipt books, so that we can keep records of donations.  We ask that you also consider contributing to our general fund. We need assistance with neighborhood signs, copying, and other projects we’d like to undertake.  Please get involved with the fund raising committee on Tuesday if you wish to know more.
  • One of our neighbors, Mrs. Brenda Phillips, who lost her daughter last May, also lost her husband earlier this month.  We ask that you keep her in your thoughts and prayers.  There will be a sympathy card to sign at our November meeting.
  • Please join the Randolph Community Group Googlegroups site.  Go to http://groups.google.com/group/the-randolph-community-group and click Join this Group
Posted: October 25th, 2010 | Author: Morgan Porter | Filed under: Events, News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

Neighborhood Beautification Day – October 30

THE RANDOLPH COMMUNITY GROUP & VCU SGA
In cooperation with the
CLEAN CITY COMMISSION
Is sponsoring a

Neighborhood Volunteer Community Cleanup and Beautification Day

OCTOBER 30, 2010
7:45AM
meet at the corner of Harrison and Idlewood Streets

Rain or Shine
PLEASE COME OUT AND HELP CLEAN UP OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Neighborhood Volunteers will be conducting, with the help of the Department of Public Works, and the VCU Student Government Association, a neighborhood COMMUNITY cleanup, Saturday, OCTOBER 30, 2010. Volunteers are needed!!  We will meet at 7:45 AM on the corner of Harrison and Idlewood Streets, and clean-up will start at 8:00 AM.  We will walk the Randolph areas within the borders of Grayland, Harrrison, Colorado, and Meadow, and pick up trash in the streets, parks, and other public areas.

Can’t make it out Saturday morning?

If you cannot join us please consider sprucing up your own  yard—raking leaves, refreshing mulch, planting fall flowers, etc.

Possible Pot Luck After the Clean-up

If any of you are interested in a potluck celebration afterwards in either Thomas (Randolph St.) or Jones Park (Idlewood Ave.), please let us know:
Email the-randolph-community-group@googlegroups.com or call 804-827-3611 if you have questions.

We look forward to seeing you then!

Need Large Items Picked up?

If you have bulk items that you’d like picked up on this day, please contact the Clean City Commission at 646-8325 in advance to schedule this.

Posted: October 25th, 2010 | Author: Morgan Porter | Filed under: Events, News | Tags: , | Comments Off

Zip Line and Rope Bridge Course Coming to Byrd Park

RichmondBizSense.com reports that there are plans to add a zip line and rope bridge course to Byrd Park.

Posted: October 11th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Fun, News, Non-Randolph | Comments Off

Turning Around Vacant Property in Richmond

From The Richmond City Department of Planning & Development Review:

Mark your calendar for Friday, August 20 for a educational discussion and panel on revitalizing vacant properties in Richmond.

Hosted by The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, the Virginia Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) and the Partnership for Housing Affordability, the morning will include a dynamic discussion with regional leaders and national experts about addressing vacant property issues in Richmond-area neighborhoods.

The forum will focus on existing tools and strategies, as well as explore new policy alternatives that address concentrations of vacant properties in communities.

Rachel Flynn, Director of Planning and Development Review, will be joined by two city attorneys at 9 a.m. to discuss “Neighborhood Stabilization Tools and Strategies in Greater Richmond” and review vacant property trend data in the city, local policy tools and strategies, and a case study that demonstrates how a vacant building can be turned around.

The second portion of the program at 10:30 a.m. will discuss “Neighborhood Stabilization Policy Alternatives” and the panel will include, Jim Kelly, Assistant Professor, University of Baltimore; Meredith Mishaga, Program Coordinator, Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative; and  Racquel Reddie, Community Development Manager for the National Community Stabilization Trust.

They will discuss current foreclosure trends, impacts, programs and community development best practices that can help stabilize neighborhoods with high concentrations of vacant, foreclosed and/or bank-owned properties. Click here for more information.

Details:
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
701 E. Byrd St.
Friday, August 20, 2010 – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Call (804) 422-5013 for more information.

Posted: August 13th, 2010 | Author: Morgan Porter | Filed under: News, Real Estate News | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Randolph Community Group June Meeting

The Randolph Community group requests your presence at the:
Randolph Community Group June Meeting
Tuesday, June 1st at the Randolph Community Center
1415 Grayland Avenue from 6-8 p.m.
All students, homeowners, and renters invited!

Guests to Include:
Catherine Howard–VCU Vice Provost–Division of Community Engagement
Reuban Rodriguez–VCU Associate Vice Provost/Dean of Student Affairs
Rachel Flynn–City of Richmond–Director of Planning and Development
Thomas Barnes and Darlene Mallory –Clean City Commission
Ward Kuper–RPD–3rd Precinct Community/Environmental Officer

Please come and help us build a wonderful, cohesive community!

Posted: May 26th, 2010 | Author: Morgan Porter | Filed under: Events, News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off