Connecting Tredegar & 2nd streets vital to safety at Belle Isle?
One of the items in the Downtown Master Plan that may happen sooner rather than later is a key factor to the safety of Belle Isle and Dominion Virginia Power, which are located at the westernmost end of Tredegar Street in downtown Richmond. Imagine how difficult it could be for police, fire and EMS to […]
One of the items in the Downtown Master Plan that may happen sooner rather than later is a key factor to the safety of Belle Isle and Dominion Virginia Power, which are located at the westernmost end of Tredegar Street in downtown Richmond.
Imagine how difficult it could be for police, fire and EMS to respond on a busy weekend to any inicident on Tredegar Street. At certain intervals, the vehicles have difficulty getting in or out at the speed they need because of all the people who want to cram into the Belle Isle parking lot.
The below text is another excerpt taken from the Downtown Master Plan [PDF], and item No. 6 pertains to a proposed roadway that would be created to connect Tredegar Street to 2nd Street, just south of the Virginia War Memorial. There has been discussion recently that this may need to be constructed soon. Please post your comments about that proposal and indicate how high on the list that project should be on a riverfront improvement list.
The following development guidelines are intended to accommodate this broad range of potential uses within the Future Development Area:
- The character of the district is generally established by the NewMarket Corporation headquarters, MeadWestvaco headquarters, the Federal Reserve parking garage, the Afton Research & Development Facility buildings and the Tredegar National Civil War Museum. Future development in the district should respect this variety of scale and character.
- New development in the district should have a strong orientation to the James River and Canal Corridor, and should take advantage of views and proximity to the canal and riverfront areas with careful building orientation and consideration for the sloping terrain.
- Development at the southeastern edge of the district within the canal corridor should reflect the desired pedestrian environment as described in the Riverfront Development Agreement between the City and the Richmond Riverfront Corporation.
- River vistas from the overlook adjacent to the Virginia War Memorial Statue should be considered so that development will not adversely impact the perspective towards the James River from the southwest corner of the Pattern Storage Building on the Tredegar site to the Lee Bridge.
- Views to the river should be considered as development occurs along 5th Street.
- The need for a roadway link between 2nd and Tredegar Streets should be evaluated regularly as circulation and access requirements along Tredegar Street increase.
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