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Jeremy M. Lazarus



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Full-court press

Navy Hill District Corp. is pulling out all stops as Feb. 24 vote by City Council on $1.5B Coliseum replacement and Downtown development nears

From robocalls to press conferences, the Navy Hill District Corp. that Dominion Energy top executive Thomas F. Farrell II heads is pulling out all the stops to generate public support for the $1.5 billion Richmond Coliseum replacement plan ahead of the scheduled vote by City Council in late February.

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Pamunkey Tribe launches plan for $350M casino resort in South Side

A Virginia Indian tribe that includes Richmond as part of the territory where tribal ancestors lived and hunted before the English invasion is planning to make a splashy return to this modern city in the form of a $350 million resort hotel and casino.

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Monument Avenue group raises $107,000 for Carver Elementary

A new microphone system for the auditorium. Whiteboards and projectors in every classroom. Kidney-shaped desks in each room to allow teachers to work with small groups of children needing extra attention. Those are the kinds of items that soon will be coming to Carver Elementary School, thanks to a successful fundraiser that a nonprofit group conducted on behalf of the school.

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$200M loss spurs City Council to revise real estate tax abatement program

For at least two decades, Richmond has primed the redevelopment pump by allowing individuals and companies that improve aging houses, apartment buildings and commercial properties to pay reduced property taxes over 10 years without any restrictions.

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Bill would set up regional transportation authority and generate $ for public projects, including GRTC transfer station

A proposal that could generate tens of millions of dollars for roads and GRTC transit service in Richmond and eight other localities in the region is working its way through the General Assembly.

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Mayor, Navy Hill officials try to sweeten the pot for $1.5B Coliseum plan approval

Can a series of revisions save the massive $1.5 billion Coliseum replacement and Downtown redevelopment plan that for months has appeared to be headed for rejection by Richmond City Council?

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Voting begins this week in Virginia's Democratic presidential primary

The first votes in the Democratic presidential primary in Virginia will be cast this week — 45 days before the scheduled March 3 primary election across the state.

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Planned Parenthood to open clinic in Church Hill

The former home of Edloe’s Pharmacy and Drs. Frank S. and Harry W. Royal’s medical practices in Church Hill is being transformed into a full-service women’s clinic for the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood.

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Salvation Arms headquarters move to North Side has clear path from City Council

The Salvation Army appears to have won its nine-month battle to move its Central Virginia headquarters and shelter program from Downtown to North Side after the main opponent, 3rd District Councilman Chris A. Hilbert, dropped his opposition.

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Mayor withdraws proposal to change definition of 'emerging small businesses'

A proposal to redefine City Hall’s definition of “emerging small businesses” has been scrapped following a Free Press report last week highlighting the potential detriment the change could create for city-based businesses seeking city contracts.

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