Background

The Henrico County Department of Community Revitalization and Planning Department have been involved in revitalization plans throughout the County, principally to identify strategies to stabilize, improve, and maintain older corridors and neighborhoods.

Brook Road

The Brook Road Enhancement Study, completed in May 2003, recommended the designation of the Brook Road corridor as a Special Strategy Area. The area was designated as a Virginia Enterprise Zone on July 20, 2004.

The Study proposed the formation of the Brook Road Business Association, which is now active in the promotion of the area for redevelopment and investment. The Study also identifies numerous development and redevelopment opportunities.

Central Gardens

The Central Gardens Neighborhood Plan, completed in December 1998, identified numerous opportunities for the stabilization and improvement of this residential community.

It promoted the construction of the Hidden Creek Recreation Center, which was subsequently constructed in July 2000 and serves as a focal point the neighborhood. The Plan will serve as a benchmark for neighborhood planning in the future.

Highland Springs Avenue

GaslampThe Highland Springs Revitalization Plan was one of the County’s earliest efforts to encourage the revitalization of an older commercial corridor. This plan resulted in the installation of decorative street lights, period styled street signs, landscaping and other improvements. It set the stage for further enhancements, which included park improvements and the restoration of the architecturally significant Henrico Theatre.

Lakeside Avenue

The Lakeside Enhancement Plan completed in March 1995, provided for significant public improvements, drainage facilities, curb and gutter and landscaping from the City of Richmond line out to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

Phase I of the improvements was completed in November 2001; Phase II was completed in August 2007. The improvements are intended to help provide order and cohesiveness to the area. The improvements have fostered renovations and significant investment in the development of new commercial properties. The area has been designated as a Virginia Enterprise Zone.

In the fall of 2007, students in the VCU Master of Urban and Regional Planning program created the Lakeside Avenue Revitalization Plan as an economic tool to serve as a blueprint for future development along the corridor.

Nine Mile Road

The Nine Mile Road Revitalization Plan was completed in October 1997. The study area was designated as a Special Strategy Area in the County’s Comprehensive Plan in April 2001.

In April 2003, the area was designated by the State as a Virginia Enterprise Zone. Since its designation, significant interest has been focused on redevelopment and investment opportunities along the corridor.

For further information view the Nine Mile Road Background Document or the Nine Mile Road Executive Summary.

Sandston

The Sandston Commercial Area Study was completed in March 2002. In December 2002, the Board of Supervisors amended the County’s Comprehensive Plan to include the area as a Special Strategy Area. The board also adopted design guidelines for the area.

For further information on the Sandston Commercial Area Study, view the Concept Plan or Site Example. Also, you may view the 2009 Sandston-Williamsburg Road Material Option Study.

Additional revitalization strategies and areas are discussed in the 2026 Comprehensive Plan, specifically in Chapter 7. The plan was adopted on August 11, 2009 and serves as the official comprehensive plan for Henrico County.

 

For further details regarding the Revitalization Areas of Henrico County contact the Department of Community Revitalization at (804) 501-7617 or by e-mail at sac01@co.henrico.va.us.