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.

Richmond Fire Station Closures

International Firefighters AssociationDue to budget cuts, the Richmond Fire Department has been forced to make staffing cuts. When staff is sick, takes vacation or has other absences, they are not paying overtime to fill in the absence. Because some firehouses are already low on staff, they simply close entire firehouses – sometimes for 24 hours.

These closures result in fewer companies to respond to emergencies and requires other companies to travel further distances. You see where this is going – Richmond fire coverage is suffering, and it could get worse.

The The Richmond Firefighters Association, I.A.F.F. Local 995, has created a blog to list all fire house closures, and to educate citizens on this critical issue. They suggest citizens contact their councilman to let them know we’re not happy about these closures.

For those of us in the 5th District, you can contact our Councilman, Marty Jewell at 804-646-6050 or email him at marty.jewell@richmondgov.com

Important Links from this article

Richmond Firefighters Association Blog (Lists all fire station closures)

Posted: November 8th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: 5th District, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Richmond Fire Station Closures

3rd Quarter Richmond City Housing Analysis

From the Department of Community Development November 2009 Newsletter:

The city’s 3rd Quarter Housing Analysis shows that the average sales price in the city of Richmond for all residential units (4 units and below) was $182,253 as compared with $181,025 from last quarter, and $204,208 from this time last year.

Between July 1 and September 30, 720 units were sold as compared with the 2nd Quarter’s 956 units (compared to 1,164 units in the 3Q of 2008). There were 227 foreclosures in the 3rd quarter, down from 264 in the second quarter; which brings the 2009 total to date to 694. This is on pace to eclipse last year’s total of 768.

Posted: November 8th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: News, Real Estate News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on 3rd Quarter Richmond City Housing Analysis

City Councilman Marty Jewell Arrested for DUI

City Councilman Marty Jewell's mugshot

City Councilman Marty Jewell's mugshot

Our 5th district Councilman “Marty” Jewell was arrested at 1:30AM on Oct 24. At this time, no details have been released, but the councilman did release this statement to CBS 6 News:

“On the advice of council, I won’t be saying anything more until Monday. I look forward to all the facts being made public.”

We look forward to hearing those details too, Marty.

Links to local coverage:

RVA News

Times Dispatch



update Oct 29 9:20AM:
There has been no report or response from Councilman Jewell or his staff. The day after the arrest Jewell attended the regularly scheduled City Council meeting but had no comment.

Posted: October 26th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: 5th District, Crime, News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Governor Kaine to Visit Byrd House Market Tomorrow (June 16)

From the Byrd House Market:

Gov. Tim Kaine will be visiting the Byrd House Market from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday June 16, to see how the market works with other WBCH programs to enrich the community. Come and greet the governor and show him how much you love your market!

Get more information on the Byrd House Market Blog.

Posted: June 15th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Events, News, Non-Randolph | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Governor Kaine to Visit Byrd House Market Tomorrow (June 16)

National Night Out: August 4

The “26th Annual National Night Out” (NNO), a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 4, 2009 (Texas will celebrate on October 6th, 2009). We cordially invite you and your community to be a part of our NIGHT OUT 2009 team.

Last year’s National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 37 million people participated in National Night Out 2008.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

See the Richmond Police Department’s annoucement on Facebook.

Learn more about National Night Out at www.natw.org/nno

Posted: June 5th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Events, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on National Night Out: August 4

Traffic Alert: Cary & Thompson

From the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities:

DPU TRAFFIC ALERT – W Cary Street & S Thompson Street

RICHMOND, VA— On Wednesday, June 3, 2009 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities will be removing natural gas piping from the road for a future road improvement project at the intersection of W. Cary Street and S. Thompson Street

Motorists coming into Carytown from the I-95 exit ramp will only have the ability to turn east on Cary Street.   There will be one east bound lane open on Cary Street for thru traffic.  Turns onto Thompson Street from Cary Street will be restricted.

Construction area will be clearly marked with cones and signage.  Motorists should follow all posted detour signs.  Moderate traffic disruption is expected.  Motorists are asked to proceed with caution around the construction area.

The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities provides natural gas, water, wastewater and stormwater services to more than 500,000 residential and commercial customers in the metropolitan region.  DPU also operates electric street lighting utility, which maintains more than 37,000 streetlights throughout the City.  For more information, call DPU’s Customer Care Center at 644-3000 or visit DPU’s Web site at www.richmondgov.com/dpu.

Posted: June 2nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: News, Non-Randolph, Traffic & Road Construction | Comments Off on Traffic Alert: Cary & Thompson

May Homeowners Association Meeting

What: Randolph West Homeowners Association Meeting
Thursday May 14 at 6:30PM
Where: 1705 Kemper Street (yes, its in the house that’s for sale).

Who should attend?
All homeowners and tenants of Randolph West. (Or anyone who is interested – everyone is welcome to drop in.)

What’s the point?
The homeowners association serves to help improve the area through open communication and networking of all individuals living in, or owning property in Randolph West. This month we will get an update on the newly established Neighborhood Watch, discuss recent issues in the neighborhood and plan for the upcoming Randolph West Block Party. Come hear the details or better yet, come get involved and be a part of improving our part of Richmond.

Oh, and the Bowers usually bring food and drink for everyone to enjoy. Hopefully they’ll do that again this time around!

Posted: May 1st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Events, News | Tags: , | Comments Off on May Homeowners Association Meeting

Bye-bye BP

Looks like Mr. Eck is at it again, and I personally applaud him for this one. Ed Eck and the West Cary Street Planning Committee have proposed a new mixed-use development at the corner of Cary Street and Meadow Street. The development would take over the property where the BP station currently stands, and would be across the street from the Lofts at Cary Place. Apparently Mr. Eck has already spoken to the owner and he is open to selling.

Richmondbizsense.com has the full story.

In my opinion, this is great news for the area, but only if the development provides affordable residential and retail space. Over priced development has started to pop up on Cary Street (Townes at Cary Place) and other areas of Richmond. I think we can all agree that today we need to provide options to everyone – not just the top 5 to 10%.

Posted: April 30th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: News, Non-Randolph, Real Estate News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bye-bye BP

Friday Cheers 2009

Friday Cheers is back, starting May 8! For the few of you who don’t know what Friday Cheers is all about – it’s a free concert series held every summer. From Venture Richmond: “The series kicks off Friday, May 8, and continues every Friday through June 26, from 6-9:30 p.m. All events are on Brown’s Island along downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront.”

No Carbon Leaf this year, but I recommend everyone go to the May 22 show to see the Zac Brown Band.

2009 Friday Cheers Lineup

Posted: April 23rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: News, Non-Randolph | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Friday Cheers 2009

Byrd Park Pedal-Boats Coming Back

If you’ve been to Byrd Park lately you’ve noticed that the boats are gone and there is construction in progress. By July 4, the boats will be back and a new building will be in place to serve up refreshments. Find out more at Richmond Magazine.

Posted: April 20th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: News, Non-Randolph | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Byrd Park Pedal-Boats Coming Back