Recent Crimes

From CommunityCrimeMap.com:

THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE
6XX CHINA ST
Jun 13, 2017 at 5:30 am
Data provided by Richmond Police Department

DESTRUCTION PROPERTY/PRIVATE PROPERTY
7XX OREGON HILL PKWY
Jun 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Data provided by Richmond Police Department

HIT AND RUN
3XX S LAUREL ST
Jun 11, 2017 at 6:13 pm
Data provided by Richmond Police Department

WEAPON LAW VIOLATIONS
9XX CUMBERLAND ST
Jun 11, 2017 at 12:38 am
Data provided by Richmond Police Department

New Replacement Stop Sign

Which begs the question, what happened to the previous one? Thanks to City for this quick work at the corner of Spring and S. Laurel.

(Note: Still waiting for official release of information from Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association regarding new proposal for traffic pattern.)

eBay Auction Prompts Historic Interest In Steinmann Storefront

The Shockoe Examiner blog has picked up on an eBay auction of some old Oregon Hill photos and ephemera.

It’s a wonderful image of the Laurel Street Market located at 349 S. Laurel St., corner of Laurel and Albemarle Streets in Richmond’s Oregon Hill neighborhood

  • (Editor’s note: Where Rest In Pieces store is now)
  • . The seller shows the back of this photograph where it’s written: “Taken Feb 27 – 17” – so I assume it was taken on Feb. 27, 1917. The store was owned by John Frederick Ernest Steinmann (1871-1934).

    Steinmann’s 1911 will, which is listed for sale in the same eBay auction, notes 346 Laurel St. with “house and lot” was bequeathed to his son Henry, and 344 Laurel with “house and lot” was bequeathed to his son Charles.

    The building permit is for “store and dwelling.” So the brick building was brand new when the photo was taken that is on sale on ebay.

    Neighbor Charles Pool found a notice of the building permit in the July 1, 1911 Times Dispatch and it supports the current owner’s research that the family lived upstairs.

    Fire On 300 Block of S. Laurel

    Neighbors have reported a fire breaking out on the 300 block of S. Laurel.

    It has spread to multiple houses.

    Neighbor UPDATE at 10:03 am:

    The fire looks to be contained. All people are safe.

    From City’s emergency traffic site:

    336 S LAUREL ST RICH / CrossStreet: ALBEMARLE ST ASSIST FIRE DEPARTMENT, TRAFFIC AND/OR CROWD CONTROL. On Scene 9:56 AM

    From Times Dispatch:
    Richmond fire crews fighting 2-alarm house fire in Oregon Hill
    Updated TD article:
    Fire damages two homes in Richmond’s Oregon Hill; ‘It looked like the gates of hell’


    photo courtesy of Teresa Birchett

    Some more photos of RFD in action, from Pine Street neighbor Cristina Ramirez:

    Stormy Night Problems

    Neighbors reported various problems last night in the midst of stormy weather-

    At 11pm Monday nite, at two Intersections, Traffic Lights completely dark. Corner of Belvedere & Idlewood Ave. and corner of S. Laurel St. & Idlewood Ave. Reported to SeeClickFix.

    2:15am Power outage here 500 block S. Pine St.
    Report all outages (888) 667-3000

    Chimney fire on 600 block of S. Pine. Thank you RFD for a quick response.

    Power out on part of 400 block Laurel.

    Also, sometime between 8-10pm, there was an apparent hit and run on 1000 block of Idlewood. Looks like someone coming off expressway too fast hit two parked cars, knocking them into each other and up onto the sidewalk.

    Option 1 or Option 2 or…

    So one thing that happened at the last Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association meeting (2/28) was a presentation on possibilities for new stop signs at intersections for neighborhood traffic.

    This sort of thing has been requested multiple times before in regard to speeding and dangerous collisions, but for different reasons has never been acted on.

    At the meeting, a City traffic engineer presented two options for stops. The proposed options are for a flipping of the stop signs at the circled intersections to give the east-west streets right of way and have the north-south streets stop. This way, no one direction always has right of way, and would need to stop at roughly every other intersection. This traffic pattern is called basket weaving, and has been used successfully in Maymont. These options are in no way set in stone, and are up for discussion and suggested alternatives. ‘Option 1’ suggests new stop signs at the intersections of Albemarle and S. Laurel, Spring and S. Pine, China and S. Laurel, and Holly and S. Pine. ‘Option 2’ suggests new stop signs at Albemarle and S. Cherry, Albemarle and S. Pine, Spring and S. Laurel, China and S. Pine, and Holly and S. Laurel.

    Neighbors are asked to let the neighborhood association know which option they think is best as well as any other input. The plan is to discuss this more at the next OHNA meeting and then get back to the City traffic engineer and Councilperson Agelasto’s office with some thoughts and decisions.