East End Transformation Armstrong Site Development Phase 1(Demolition)

Project Summary and Scope

DESCRIPTION & SCOPE: The City and RRHA will partner with private developers to redevelop the Creighton Court site.  The first phased of the project will be completed at the former Armstrong High School site on N. 31st Street in Church Hill North. The resulting development will be comprised of over 250 mixedincome residences consisting of market rate and affordable rental and forsale residences.  FY16 and 17 CIP funds will be used to prepare the Armstrong High School site for redevelopment, which includes the demolition of the dilapidated school building, planning/design, additional site preparation and  the installation of needed infrastructure such as water, sewer, stormwater management, sidewalks, curb and gutter, streets, alleyways and lighting.

Ordinance to Grant an option to RRHA to acquire property: Ordinance Number 2015-46-48

Ordinance for Property Surplus to facilitate transfer property from Schools to City Administration Ordinance Number 2014-100-74

Ordinance for Approved Community Unit Plan (CUP) – approves zoning to accommodate planned development Ordinance Number 2015-5-30: 

Contract awarded to Safeco Environmental - Contract

Cooperation Agreement allows ECD to convey funding to RRHA to complete the Infrastructure Improvements  Ordinance Number 2016-300

Donation Agreement(conveys property to RRHA)

Project Milestones

Demolition Completion –  Full demolition of the structure and environmental mitigation – 6/17

Property Disposition – Property transfer to RRHA and its development partner – 1/17

Project Funding

CIP Prior years                                  $9,000,000 to be used for demolition and infrastructure

CIP FY 18 Request                           $2.2 Million

General Fund                                    $1.6 Million

Federal Funds (Section 108) -          $3,865,517

Project Status Updates

Status – Building demolition is nearing completion and this phase of redevelopment will be closed once the demolition contractor installs of fill material( where the basement demolition occurred) and grades the site.  Once complete the next phase of development will begin as the master developer initiates the installation of infrastructure improvements.   

Permit, information is listed below. For details please call the Department of Planning, Development and Review at 804-646-4169.

Project has approved land disturbance permit

Abatement Permit

Demolition Permits are being issued in individually for the five sections of the building.  As Safeco completes the demolition of 1 of five sections the site is inspected by France Environmental to ensure that all abatement is completed as required. Once approved Safeco applies for and is approved to move to the next section.   

Expenses (costs are reported quarterly)

Cost To Date:

$860,000 – Predevelopment Cost associated with Master development of the site – RRHA

$85,000 – Predevelopment Demo Plans –France Environmental Timmons Group

$200,000 - Demolition and site improvements invoiced

Project Contact Information, if you have questions about this project please contact this individual.

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Performance Measures and Benchmarks

Special projects currently manages the building demolition.  Because of the tight schedule the team will meet on a biweekly basis, to discuss the project schedule, cost to date/budget and critical issues.

The project is required to meet a 10% development spending threshold which will be achieved as the property is transferred from the City of Richmond to RRHA. 

December 18 is the target for completion of vertical construction.  

Project Overall Status (Active, Pending or Complete)


Ordinance Information

  1. Ordinance Number 2015-46-48
  2. Ordinance Number 2014-100-74
  3. Ordinance Number 2015-5-30:
  4. Ordinance Number 2016 - 300

Contract Information

Demolition Contract Awarded to Safeco Environmental.

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