Residents are worried that this panoramic view will be destroyed if the high-rise becomes a reality.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Richmond City Council is set to vote on a plan for a controversial high-rise complex tonight. Critics say the apartments will destroy a historic view of the River City.
Opponents of the project fear that putting a high-rise building on Pear Street will block the view of the James River from Libby Hill Park.
Last Saturday, hundreds of people came out to Libby Hill Park to enjoy the James River fireworks show. Several people spoke out to 8News about their concerns with the new project.
“It’s used a lot. There are weddings held here almost every weekend during nice weather. and people come here for the panoramic view, that was set in 1851 by city council, and if this very tall building is allowed to be here there won't be a panoramic view anymore,” said Heather Dinkin, a member of RVA 180.
“This is one of the prime viewing areas and it would take a lot of that away. Not all of it, but a lot of it,” said James Fritts, a Church Hill resident.
The developer has asked city council for a special unit permit, which allows the to override the current zoning and build a high rise condo project.
“It sets a precedent for all development in all our beautiful areas. Richmond is known as a riverfront city, and if you can't see it, it's not a riverfront city anymore,” said Dinkin.
Members of group handed out flyers about the project, asking residents to sign an online petition against the project and reach out to city council members.
They say it’s all so residents and visitors can continue to enjoy the view.
“It’s going to block out a whole section of the sky! And it would be a shame if that were allowed to happen,” said Dinkin.
Richmond City Council will vote on the proposed high-rise Monday night at 6 p.m. Stay with 8News for updates on this developing story.