The Richmond Riverfront Plan was adopted by City Council in 2012. Fast-forward nearly three years later and BOOM! The Lehigh Cement silos are coming down, creating a blank canvass for a new 1.5-acre public riverfront space that accommodates the Virginia Capital Trail, improves access to the James River, and eliminates a visual obstruction from Libby Hill.
Progress is not always tangible or visible, especially when implementing an ambitious plan like the one for Richmond’s riverfront. For those who have worked largely behind the scenes to support implementation of the Riverfront Plan, yesterday was a symbolic milestone to celebrate. It marked the beginning of physical implementation. Representatives from the James River Association, Virginia Capital Trail Foundation, Venture Richmond, and Scenic Virginia, supporters of plan implementation, were present to hear Mayor Jones comment on the occasion and witness a wrecking ball begin demolishing the silos. The demolition of the silos is expected to be complete by the end of August.
Our riverfront is changing for the better. It is becoming more accessible and accommodating. Numerous transformational riverfront projects are underway or will be underway in the near future including the Low Line and highly anticipated T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge. With Stone Brewing Co. scheduled to open a bistro in the Intermediate Terminal building in the coming years, the riverfront will be much different than it is today. Needless to say, it is an exciting time to be a Richmonder.