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City Center

Request for Interest

Rendering of Potential City Center

The Economic Development Authority of the City of Richmond, Virginia (“EDA”), in collaboration with the Greater Richmond Convention Center Authority (“GRCCA”), is pleased to issue a Request for Interest (RFI) to solicit creative development responses from financially capable and experienced development teams interested in purchasing and redeveloping approximately 9.4 acres of under-utilized, EDA-owned property in Richmond’s City Center Innovation District (“City Center”). The vision for City Center is to redevelop the area to become a mixed-use, mixed-income urban innovation district destination anchored by a headquarter hotel supporting the Greater Richmond Convention Center along with commercial, educational, and residential development to create a dynamic downtown.  

Issuance date: Thursday, November 3, 2022
City Center site visit date: Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at 10:00 A.M. ET
Submission due: Tuesday, December 20, 2022, between 10:00 A.M. ET and 2:00 P.M. ET

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City Center Site Visit

The Economic Development Authority and the Greater Richmond Convention Center Authority hosted an in-person site visit on November 29, 2022. 

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Please use this form to submit your comments about the City Center Request for Information. Comments will be reviewed every other week. 

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The City Center Phase One Parcels are comprised of approximately 9.5 acres containing the Richmond Coliseum, historic Blues Armory, and former 6th Street Marketplace. 

Parcel ID Street Address Current Use Acreage
N0000007001 601 E Leigh St  Coliseum (vacant & unused) 7.36
N0000011034 530 E Marshall St  6th St Marketplace (vacant & unused) / park 0.22
N0000011032 550 E Marshall St  6th St Marketplace (vacant & unused) / park 0.404
N0000006025 408 A N 7th St  Park space 0.428
N0000006025B 411 N 6th St  Blues Armory (vacant & unused) 0.487
N0000006004 406 N 7th St  Park space

0.574

How We Got Here

2020-2021: Small Area Plan Development

The City Center Small Area Plan was adopted by Richmond City Council in January 2022. The Small Area Plan sets a vision, goals, and strategies for creating a City Center in the core of Richmond’s Downtown. The City and the EDA own approximately 26 acres of land in the Downtown that are in either poor condition, are underutilized, or both and is seeking private partners to redevelop the parcels. The final City Center Innovation District Small Area Plan can be downloaded at: https://www.rva.gov/planning-development-review/city-center 

ColiseumMay 2022: Properties Transferred to the EDA

On May 18, 2022, the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Commissioners approved the transfer of the Blues Armory properties to the EDA. On May 23, 2022, Richmond City Council approved the transfer of the Coliseum to the EDA to prepare for the redevelopment of the Coliseum and implement the vision for City Center via Ordinance 2022-144.

September 2022

The greater City Center was rezoned in accordance with the City Center Small Area Plan.

Next Steps

This fall, the EDA and GRCCA will issue a joint solicitation for Phase One of implementing the vision for City Center.