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January 19, 6 P.M..: Virtual Community Meeting hosted by Councilmembers Jordan and Lambert. 

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January 19, 10:30 A.M.: On-site Meeting for Prospective Respondents to the RFI

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January 12, 1 P.M.: Virtual Meeting for Prospective Respondents to the RFI

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The Diamond header

 


The City of Richmond is seeking to redevelop 67.57 acres of under-developed, publicly-owned property along the I-95 east coast corridor into a mixed-use, mixed-income entertainment destination. The City has been preparing for a redevelopment of this strategic site for a number of years and, in the process, has relocated city functions, demolished buildings, and remediated the site with the exception of the baseball stadium and the Arthur Ashe Junior Athletic Center.

 

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Finalists and the Request for Offer Process

Three finalists in the Diamond District redevelopment project will be asked to respond to a Request for Offers (RFO). The RFO will be issued the week of May 30, 2022, and responses will be due June 28, 2022.

After carefully considering the responses to the Request for Interest (RFI) and Request for Additional Information (RFAI), the Evaluation Panel has selected three finalist teams based on their design, program strength, community benefits and financing approaches (listed alphabetically):

  • Richmond Community Development Partners;
  • RVA Diamond Partners; and
  • Vision300 Partners, LLC.

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Vision300 One PagerDiamond District RFAI

The purpose of this City of Richmond Diamond District Request for Additional Information (“RFAI”) is to seek additional, more-detailed information from the selected six development teams for review and evaluation by the Evaluation Panel. Based on the review of the RFAI responses, the Evaluation Panel will select development teams to respond to the forthcoming Request for Offers (“RFO”).

This RFAI is an extension and part of the process commenced via the issuance of a Request for Interest (“RFI”) on December 28, 2021, to solicit creative development responses from highly capable, financially sound and experienced development teams interested in redeveloping the Diamond District. On February 15, 2022, the City received 15 submissions in response to the RFI. The Evaluation Panel reviewed the 15 submissions based upon the evaluation criteria set forth in the RFI and selected six development teams to respond to the RFAI and continue in the evaluation process (the “RFAI Invitees””).

 

Diamond District Request for Interest

On December 28, 2021, the City issued the Diamond District RFI (link below). Submissions were due on February 15, 2022 at 3 P.M. ET. Click here to read about the RFI submissions

 

Why

This project was outlined in Richmond 300 and the Greater Scott’s Addition Small Area Plan which has both been approved by Richmond City Council. 

Since Richmond 300, the city’s award-winning master plan was adopted in December 2020, the city has taken many steps to implement the plan’s vision, including the adoption of the Greater Scott’s Addition Small Area Plan. Regarding the Greater Scott’s Addition Small Area Plan, the key first step to move the plan forward was rezoning the property to align with the Future Land Use plan. The Greater Scott’s Addition rezoning initiatives were approved by City Council in July 2021. City Council also passed a resolution in April 2021 approving the biennial real estate plan which declared the parcels surplus and calls for redeveloping this property into a mixed-use development. The next step outlined in the masterplan is issuing a Request for Interest (RFI) to redevelop the City-owned land between North Ashe Boulevard and Hermitage Road using the framework outlined in the Greater Scott’s Addition Small Area Plan and including elements such as a large-scale park; mixed-income housing; mixed-uses breaking up the superblock creating a street grid to incorporate features that support walking, biking, and transit; and incorporating engaging architecture, public spaces, sidewalks, street trees, buildings built to the street, and street furniture. The city is developing the RFI, and it will be released by the end of 2021. 

This is an incredible opportunity for the City of Richmond and its residents. 

  • In 2019, there were approximately 458 acres of vacant/underdeveloped land in Greater Scott's Addition, representing 60% of Greater Scott's Addition's total land area. Redeveloping the land will generate much-needed tax revenue while creating opportunities for new housing, green space, entertainment, and employment in an entirely new neighborhood.  
  • More than 45% of the nation’s population lives within an 8-hour drive of Richmond 
  • 38 of the top 50 employers are within 10 miles of the Diamond District
  • The Diamond District is located at the crossroads of I-95 and I-64 that connect Richmond west to Charlottesville (1.25-hr drive), east to the Hampton Roads region and the largest naval base in the world (2-hr drive), north to Washington DC (1.5-hr drive), and south to the Raleigh-Durham and Chapel Hill area (2-hrs).
  • Richmond’s easy living and convenient access to diverse markets has translated into 11.5% city and regional growth rate since 2010.

Vision

Richmond 300 paints a vivid picture of a more connected, green, and equitable development of the Diamond District. In this vision, The Diamond is demolished and a new multi-purpose stadium is constructed. New buildings provide employment, retail, and mixed-income housing. A new street grid incorporates features that create a walkable urban experience with engaging architecture and urban design. Visitors to Greater Scott’s Addition have the option to safely arrive by foot, bike, transit, or car.  Parking is centralized in a few parking garages to encourage users to park once and visit multiple destinations.  A signature park between Ashe and Hermitage serves as a central convening space and is connected with greenways to multiple smaller public parks. The redeveloped Diamond District connects to adjacent established neighborhoods and redeveloping neighborhoods. The Greater Scott’s Addition Small Area Plan provides a general vision for future development; however, exact locations of buildings and features need not be replicated.

Diamond Vision

What's Next

December 28, 2021 - City releases the RFI.

February 15, 2022 - Responses to the RFI are due at 3 p.m. The Evaluation Panel begins evaluating RFI submissions.

The process for the Diamond District redevelopment is careful and competitive. There will be a two-step process for selecting the development team: request for interest and request for offers.

  • Request for Interest (RFI): December 2021 to February 2022 – An RFI is an opportunity for city leaders to learn more about the development teams interested in this project & what they have to offer our community.
    • RFI evaluation: February to March 2022 – The Evaluation Panel, a group of experts in development, construction, utilities, public space, housing and wealth building from the city, is evaluating developers based on their qualifications and vision and narrowing down the list. 
  • Request for Offers (RFO): April to May 2022 – Select development teams have been asked to submit an offer. The offer must include further details about their proposed project.
    • RFO evaluation and selection: Spring/Summer 2022 – The Evaluation Panel will select the development team(s) that meets the city’s needs and expectations. The redevelopment requires the approval of 7/9 Richmond City Council members.

Who Is Involved

As the owner of 60 acres of land, the City is the primary lead on redeveloping this property. Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) owns 6 acres of land within the site, the location of the Sports Backers Stadium. The City and VCU are partnering on the redevelopment of the property, with the City leading the effort. 

The Evaluation Panel

The Evaluation Panel is comprised of 10 members, including City Council members, city administrative staff, and VCU administrative staff. The panel's job is to evaluate the RFI submissions based on the evaluation criteria.

  1. James P. Duval – Investment and Debt Portfolio Manager, Finance Department
  2. Sharon L. Ebert – Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Planning and Economic Development
  3. Karol Kain Gray – Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Virginia Commonwealth University
  4. Katherine Jordan – Council Member, Second District
  5. Ann-Frances Lambert – Council Member, Third District
  6. J.E. Lincoln Saunders – Chief Administrative Officer
  7. Leonard L. Sledge – Director, Department of Economic Development
  8. Caprichia Smith Spellman – Interim Director, Office of Community Wealth Building
  9. Robert C. Steidel – Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Operations
  10. Stephen M. Willoughby – Director of Emergency Communications