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.

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

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

Randolph Community Forum

When: Tuesday May 4, 2010 from 6 to 8PM
Where: Randolph Community Center (1415 Grayland Avenue)

The Randolph Community group requests your presence at the:
“Randolph Community Forum”
All students, renters and homeowners invited!

Guests to Include:
E. Martin Jewell, Councilman, Richmond City Council, Central 5th District
John Venuti, VCU Police Chief
Ronald Brown, VCU Community Development Coordinator – Carver
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
Pastor James Henry Harris, Second Baptist Church
Ward Kuper, RPD – 3rd Precinct Community/Environmental Officer

Representatives from RRHA, The Fan District Association, The Carver Area Civic Improvement League, and the Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association have also been invited.

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

Posted: April 28th, 2010 | Author: Morgan Porter | Filed under: Events, News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Neighborhood Patrol Discovers Another Break-In

Tonight I went out with another homeowner to drop off flyers about the recent buglaries and to keep an eye out for everyone. We walked around most homes – particularly the dark and obviously empty – to make sure no “two legged rats” were around.

We didn’t get far before discovering one house with a broken window and a back door with shattered glass. We immediately reported this to the police and they came out to investigate. The police seemed very aware of the many recent burglaries in the area, and even said they caught 5 kids coming out of one house. But in that case the criminals were underage so they were quickly released to their parents! Apparently B&E (that’s breaking and entering, for those who don’t speak Cop) isn’t a big deal if you are underage.

It’s obvious these kids are coming in groups and targeting homes when no one is there. This last home was completely dark, the motion light was not working, the security system was not in use and the next door neighbor said he hadn’t seen anyone there for about a week. That house was an easy target, and as I write this the resident still does not know they have been robbed because no one knows exactly who lives there or how to get in touch with them.

If you are leaving your home for more than 24 hours, do yourself a favor and let your neighbors and the police know. Richmond City Police offers a free home watch service. Just visit the local precinct (We are 3rd precinct, Sector 313 located at 301 South Meadow Street, Richmond Virginia 23223). or download the form from this page. (They prefer a few weeks notice, so try to plan ahead.) And at least leave some lights on and activate your security system! ADT has plans for less than $30 a month. If your security system is not active and monitored it is useless.

Posted: December 30th, 2009 | Author: Morgan Porter | Filed under: Crime, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

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: Morgan Porter | Filed under: 5th District, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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: Morgan Porter | Filed under: News, Real Estate News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off