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Rental Property Inspection Program Proposed For City

Excerpts from Richmond Times Dispatch article:

The city of Richmond is considering the creation an inspection program for rental properties in old areas of the city, a policy that could have a major impact on the 56 percent of city housing occupied by renters.
The rental inspections would apply in special districts created by the city with a high volume of renters and a risk of blight. As envisioned, the program would focus on student-heavy historic neighborhoods such as the Fan District, Oregon Hill, Jackson Ward and Carver, but the exact districts would be drawn later by city officials.

Landlords would likely have to pay a fee for each dwelling unit, but the precise dollar amount won’t be known until the city decides to move forward with an ordinance to start the program.
“This program will allow the city to work with property owners to make sure that that old housing is maintained at a higher level so that we don’t have additional blight coming through,” 5th District City Councilman Parker C. Agelasto said.

A survey conducted by the Virginia Municipal League last year found that 22 Virginia localities have rental inspection programs, including Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Williamsburg, Lynchburg, Roanoke and Fredericksburg.
Agelasto explained the idea Tuesday at a meeting of the council’s Land Use, Housing and Transportation Committee. He characterized it as a way to protect renters from landlords who are reluctant to spend money to keep up their properties.
“The combination of old housing and young renters can sometimes be a recipe for disaster,” Agelasto said. Having working smoke alarms, he added, is important “when you live in a 100-year-old, wood-clapboard house.”

Update On LOVE

From OHNA President Jennifer Hancock:

There was a question at last night’s OHNA meeting about what happened to the LOVE sculpture. It was up one week and then disappeared.

The sculpture’s “O” was damaged during a storm around July 3rd or 4th. It is currently in a neighbor’s garage awaiting repairs. Once the repairs are complete, it will resume its stay at the Overlook.

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Neighborhood resident and artist Chris Milk and friend install sculpture. Photos courtesy of resident Lynn Ivey.

Tree Squared

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This photo, of a street tree on Spring Street, was not taken today, but recently. Reminder: With today’s heat, might be a good time to give our street trees some love and water them.

Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow

This Wednesday is a red Wednesday, which means trash and recycling pickup. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night. They do not belong on the sidewalk after tomorrow night.

In order to take your recycling to the next level, read this: 10 ways to improve your recycling.

Also, please do not forget about Project Clean Move. The next project day is Saturday, August 2. Please contact neighbor Jimmy Blackford at prairiegates at hotmail.com in order to volunteer for the Oregon Hill team.

On August 1 – 2 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., a Goodwill truck will be stationed on the corner of Morris Street and Grove Avenue.

For large items that are not suitable for donation, call 311 and request a bulk pickup.

Registation Closes Today For James River Splash & Dash Event

The James River Splash and Dash is this Saturday, but advanced registration for it closes today.

A fundraiser for the James River Association, the James River Splash and Dash is a trail run and flat water tube event. Participants run a trail course, grab a tube, paddle (with their hands) across a stretch of the James, and run their tube to the finish line. After the race, JRA will be hosting an after party which will include live music, beverages from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and the RVA Street Foodies featuring Richmond food trucks.

The Richmond event is located near Belle Isle with the after party located at Historic Tredegar.

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