September 16, 2019 – 7:00PM (48 neighbors and friends of the
neighborhood in attendance)
I. Mark Brandon, President, introduced the Board.
II. Parke Richeson gave an update on Maymont. Currently, the
park is working on an exhibit to tell the story of Maymont during the Jim Crow
III. An update on the geese in Byrd Park will be presented
in the November meeting.
IV. The tax abatement program was summarized. For more
information or assistance on applying, please contact the Maymont Civic League
Board and we would be happy to assist.
V. The Maymont Civic League gave approval on getting a P.O.
Box. More details to come.
VI. Lt. Woo presented his neighborhood report: crime has
continued to decrease. Car thefts are the biggest issue (3 thefts in Texas Beach
parking lot cameras have been installed). Texas Beach looks good overall. The
Richmond Police has been working with VCU to educate students. He reminded the
neighborhood to call in any report.
VII. Amy Robins presented a report on behalf of our City
Council member, Parker Agelasto. She reminded the neighborhood of the RVA 311
app for problems around the City, especially regarding potholes. She informed
the neighborhood of several important dates: October 24 – Navy Hill report at
St. Andrews; September 25 – City Council candidate forum at Richmond City
Democratic Committee building. She mentioned the City’s tax abatement for
personal property tax program and said they are fixing the brochures and should
be circulated around Thanksgiving time. The City’s lead paint program is not
getting much attention from City residents so please contact Parker’s office
for information on how to qualify for this program as well.
VIII. The Maymont sidewalk issue is being resolved as there
were concerns about disruption of the trees on Pennsylvania.
IX. Crystal with RRHA discussed Project Homes and Habitat
for Humanity houses in the neighborhood. 18 homes in Phase 1 are almost
complete. There will be a dedication for a home on Kansas Street in November
and it would be nice to see a neighborhood presence. 16 homes will be part of
Phase 2. There are many volunteer opportunities which can be found on the
Habitat for Humanity website (or checking the Maymont Civic League Facebook
X. Three City Council candidates shared their backgrounds,
platforms, and their reasons for running for the 5th District City Council
seats. These included Mamie Taylor, Robin Mines, and Thad Williamson.
X. A proposal was presented to the neighbors by Lori Markum about
the property on 1901 Georgia (corner of Kansas and Georgia). The builders are
requesting a special exception to the setback rule because of several unique
features of the property (corner lot, empty lot behind it). The plans show
blueprints for a modern house and many neighbors expressed concerns about the
aesthetics. Direct neighbors expressed concerns about the height of the
proposed house. There will be a meeting on October 3 with the City and the
neighborhood’s opinion will be taken into consideration. Neighbors brought up points
about this exception becoming a slippery slope of exemptions while others
expressed concerns with never allowing exceptions becoming an issue in the
future. The neighbors were unable to come to a full agreement on the issue.
XI. Two more City Council candidates shared their
backgrounds, platforms, and their reasons for running for the 5th District City
Council seats. These two included Jer’Mykeal McCoy and Stephanie Lynch.
XII. The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be
Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:00PM.