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Parklets Coming to Robinson Street

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RICHMOND - Plans are in motion to build two parklets along Richmond's Robinson Street corridor.

One area of green space is slated to go up at the intersection of Robinson and Cary. The other at Robinson and Stuart.

3north architects came up with designs -- after two interns brainstormed a way to revitalize Robinson Street and bring in mini-parks seen in other cities.

"We would like to see parklets take over certain areas," says 3North Spokesperson David McIntosh. "It brings back green space to an urban environment."

This includes bike racks, greenery and seating -- set up right on the sidewalk next to Buddy's and down the street at Acacia.

3North, community groups and others are working with the city on permits who will build the parklets and funding.

"Beautifying the city is a very positive thing, worth a few extra bucks to make the city look a lot better," says restaurant patron Jim Griffith.

One neighbor expressed concerns about parklets creating the potential for noise after hours but others say the pros outweigh any cons.

"I'd be surprised if that becomes an issue," says Byrd Park resident Jay Bayer. "Seems like just a good thing in the neighborhood, nice green space."

"This area is growing and changing and anything we can do to renovate and bring life to the area is always a great thing for Richmond," says Fan Business Employee Irma Faszewski.

City Councilman Charles Samuels says there are issues to work out but the goal is to be underway with the parklet projects by fall.

Stay with 8News for updates.

 

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