180RVA’s reaction to the delayed vote on the Pear Street high-rise

John Whitworth of 180RVA said that “the delay was unexpected but understandable.”

I had a chance to speak with John Whitworth from 180RVA following the City Council meeting yesterday. 

180RVA is an organization focused on preserving the 180 degree view of the James, specifically from Libby Hill. 

Here is what he had to say regarding the vote’s delay:

The delay was unexpected but understandable. Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille kindly phoned us this morning to inform us and we were able to call off all our supporters, which was much appreciated by all. Our position is that the downtown master plan for this plot must determine what can be developed here. Our research indicates very solid support for a 5 story development which would bring similar tax revenues to the City but respect the local historic area and the views of the James River. The panoramic views of the James River from Libby Park, which was purchased by City Council in 1851 for all the citizens of Richmond, not just a few. We wish Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille success in her endevours.
You can find each part of the Downtown Master Plan that Mr. Whitworth mentioned here.
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