RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The councilwoman for Scott’s Addition, Kim Gray (2nd District), told 8News that she spoke with Mayor Levar Stoney on Wednesday about the sidewalk issues in the area. This comes after a resolution passed last year that made temporary sidewalks in construction zones mandatory.
Gray told 8News the Department of Public Works authorized the street permit.
“We’re constantly dealing with accidents and near misses,” Councilwoman Gray said.
Gray says a resolution was approved in March last year to put temporary sidewalks in construction zones and clearly mark them and accessible to people with disabilities. The resolution also made that the sidewalks be protected from traffic and construction debris.
“It doesn’t meet any of the requirements but one of the things to take note of is that it was a resolution so it’s not enforceable,” Gray said. KBS Incorporated received approval from the Department of Planning and Permits to begin demolition on the Sun Trust Bank at West Broad and Summit Avenue, Councilwoman Gray said. The company also received a street permit from the DPW for a right-of-way.
Councilwoman Gray says KBS Incorporated plans to build a high rise apartment complex in place of the bank, however, there is no way for pedestrians to safely pass by the site without walking into the street.
“It’s understandable that there may be a temporary closure for something like demolition that takes a few days but it’s completely unacceptable to us that it would be closed for the duration of building an entire high rise which could take a year or more,” the President of the Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association, Trevor Dickerson, told 8News.
Dickerson says the area is just not safe.
“Someone has dropped the ball, some city department but we’re going to get to the bottom of it,” Dickerson said.
Councilwoman Gray says the resolution on safe sidewalks would need to pass an ordinance to be enforced into law.