GRTC Bus Depot Reopens After Security Guard Attack
Months after a brutal attack, the RVA Street Art Festival will reopen at the old bus depot on Cary Street. The site was shut down in late November after a security guard was badly beaten.
RICHMOND (WRIC) - Months after a brutal attack, the RVA Street Art Festival will reopen at the old bus depot on Cary Street. The site was shut down in late November after a security guard was badly beaten.
Richmond Councilman Jon Baliles is a co-founder of the festival. He says he?s very excited to announce they hope to reopen the festival some time in the Spring.
"I think it's fantastic....It was great news this morning. My phone started blowing up this morning on Twitter. The word got around like that because people are excited---they can't wait to get back in there."
The GRTC and festival organizers have been working to get it reopened for a while.
They say the depot will be open during the day as a gallery.
"It used to be this run-down monochromatic bus depot, and the color and creativity just exploded brought it to life, so people kind of wanted to hang around. There are so many murals there; it's a little something for everybody,? said Baliles.
Baliles is also working to bring something new to the festival with a little help from the Kickers --- a World Cup square so people can watch the games.
"Kind of treat it like the European square where they have jumbotrons, soccer skills classes for kids and food and drink and all that kind of fun,? he said.
Festival organizers are meeting Tuesday, and they hope to have an official opening date by the end of the week.