Celebrate Winter Solstice on Belle Isle

Via HIlls and Heights and James River News Hub:

For the third year in a row, the Friends of the James River Park is marking the Winter Solstice with a low-key yet heartwarming gathering on Belle Isle. Meet at the Tredegar side of the Belle Isle Pedestrian Bridge at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21 to walk across the river as the sun sets. We’ll warm ourselves up with togetherness, perhaps a poem or two and by giving gifts to the amazingly devoted James River Park System staff. Bring your own hot chocolate (and a flashlight).

Revised Proposal for 617 W. 19th Street (UPDATED)

The neighborhood meeting on Saturday was a great success. The developer and architect with Daniel & Company, Inc. were very open to neighborhood concerns and constructive criticism as they explained their plans for the properties at 615, 617, and 619 W. 19th St.

They intend to renovate 615 and 619 in a fashion fitting to the neighborhood, cleaning up much of the old trees and deteriorating structures on the property. On the lot at 617 they are proposing a more modern design for a house and brought a draft rendering to show the neighborhood. Incorporating feedback from the community, the architect has recently shared a new proposed design with us:

617 W 19th St, Version 4

617 W 19th St, Version 4

I hope this meeting marks the start of a great addition to our neighborhood. Thanks to Mr. Daniels, the architect, and all my neighbors ensuring this neighborhood continues to improve!

UPDATE (8:40 PM)

We just received updated plans for the 617 W. 19th St proposal have been provided me and can be found here. This new package includes floor plans as well as front, side, and back angle views. This is what will be going in front of the Committee of Architectural Review (CAR) for approval.

I will be writing a letter on behalf of the neighborhood expressing our position to CAR. If you have any comments or concerns you’d like included in this letter, please post them here in the comments or use the contact form. We must have all input by Thursday evening so we can get the letter out in time for the CAR meeting. Thanks!

Emergency Neighborhood Meeting Tomorrow

We have a new house and some renovations planned to take place on the 600 block of W. 19th Street. The contractor/owner is interested in meeting with the neighborhood before he submits his proposals to the city. This is our chance to request modification/revisions.

Plan to meet at the intersection of 19th and Stonewall Saturday at 1:30 PM. Apologies for the late notice, but the date was requested by the contractor just yesterday, and the architect is finishing up today.