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The T Pot and the Future of Richmond’s Riverfront

Andy Thompson

January 11, 2017 10:20am

The Intermediate Terminal on the tidal James. Credit: Justin Doyle

I’ve been out to the new T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge on at least a half dozen occasions since it opened in early December, and it’s been packed every time — even on cold, windy days. There’s something about the bike/pedestrian-only span that’s connecting with Richmonders. It’s only a month old, and it’s already a destination. An automatic counter set up by the James River Park System counted 35,000 visits between Dec. 2 and 31st

The T Pot is the most visible part of the Richmond Riverfront Plan currently, but I was reminded by an email this morning, that there is much more in the works. Some really exciting projects will come online — and need funding to do so — in the next few years that will shape Richmond’s riverfront for generations to come. And those projects will be shaped by public input, just as the T Pot was.

In that email, our friends at the James River Association encourage citizens to attend tonight’s public meeting to discuss upcoming sections of the plan. It’s scheduled for 6 pm in City Council Chambers at City Hall. Concepts for “Downriver,” the area of riverfront that includes the Intermediate Terminal, the old Lehigh Cement silos, and the Gillies Creek Greenway, will be presented and discussed at the meeting.

Justin Doyle has an informative piece on the JRA’s site about the planning for this “Downriver” section of the plan and what else is on the horizon.

Improvements to public spaces at Intermediate Terminal and the former site of the Lehigh Cement silos are in planning. Richmond continues to work with Hargreaves Associates to plan these public spaces that facilitate the Virginia Capital Trail and provide river access. Concepts for Downriver will be presented at a public meeting on January 11th at 6:00 pm in City Council Chambers at City Hall. Access the proposed Riverfront Plan amendment and design presentation via the following links: amendment and design presentation.

Click here to read what Doyle writes about the Gillies Creek Greenway, the Missing Link Trail and more Riverfront Plan priorities.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?