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Sep 28

City Council Recap

Posted on September 28, 2016 at 8:49 AM by Communications Department

City Council Meeting Recap_SC

Approval granted for Breakout Games
City Council approved a conditional use permit that allows for the operation of Breakout Adventure Games in DW Shopping Center at the intersection of Denbigh and Warwick boulevards. Breakout Adventure Games will offer team building, education and entertainment experiences for customers in groups of 2-8 people at a time. In games designed to be mentally rather than physically stimulating, teams work together to uncover hidden information to solve puzzles that provide clues to solve mysteries.

CHKD Medical Office Center approved
A change of zoning request was approved last night for a 15 acre parcel at 591 City Center Boulevard to allow for the construction of Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) medical office center. The property’s zoning changed from C2 General Commercial to C1 Retail Commercial. The conceptual site plan for the property proposes two three-story medical office buildings to be constructed in two phases.

Transportation Safety Improvements
City Council appropriated $1,815,000 from the Capital Improvements Plan for a variety of transportation safety improvement programs and projects throughout the City. Programs/projects include:
- One Accessible City: Pedestrian, Bicycle & Road Safety Enhancement Program – pedestrian crossing improvements at Canon Boulevard and Achievement Way, and a pedestrian median refuge island at Jefferson Avenue and Boykin Lane.
- Bright Lights, Safe Nights Street Lighting Program – Streetlight improvements along Menchville Road between Lucas Creek Road and Riverview Parkway, and upgraded lighting in the Salters Creek area
- Neighborhood Enhancement Program – funds for projects identified through citizen/staff collaboration for traffic calming, sidewalks, handicap accessibility, greenway enhancements, trees, etc.
- Traffic Signal Upgrade – Installation of new traffic signals at Rock Landing Drive and Omni Way, and at Jefferson Avenue and Pavilion Place
- Intersection Improvements – Drainage and safety improvements made to the Warwick Boulevard/Yorktown Road intersection and CSX crossing replacement.
- Median Enhancements/Safety improvement – Removal of existing outdated guardrail system along with piping of drainage ditches and installation of rain gardens along J. Clyde Morris Boulevard at Riverside Regional Medical Center.

Other Actions
All other agenda items were approved by City Council, and the entire Council meeting can be viewed on-demand.