RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - This week, the city turned on 51 new street lamps on the 2500, 2600 and 2700 blocks of West Grace Street in the Fan.
After months of construction and work, the newest ornamental lamps were activated this week, making residents very happy.
"I think it's lovely. It's safer, and they're charming lamps,” said Ted Borman, a resident.
Borman and his family have been living in the area for years. He says he now feels more comfortable walking around with his young son.
“A well-lit neighborhood is a happy neighborhood. And it's safer to walk around at night."
The newest addition is part of the larger Fan Lighting Project proposed by Richmond City Council years ago. The goal is to replace the old shoebox lights with the new ones that use underground wiring.
The 1800 block was one of the first areas to get them during the testing phase.
“At first they seemed unnaturally bright, but over time you got used to them. And now I can't imagine not having them,” said Jason Beyer, a resident.
Most agree it's a good change that makes them feel safer.
“When you don't have the appropriate lighting, it's easy to get sketched out. And there is still crime in the Fan, more than we'd like. So having the addition street lights is definitely a benefit to our community,” said Emily Walker, a resident.
“It's nice to see the city cleaning itself up and making itself look pretty,” said Borman.
The next set of lights will go on Mulberry St. from West Grace Street to Stuart Street.
Get more information on the Fan District Lighting project here.
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