Public comment open for Draft Shockoe Small Area Plan

A rendering of the proposed outdoor market space, included in the Draft Shockoe Small Area Plan.
Rendering of a proposed outdoor market space in Shockoe. | Photo provided

Public engagement is now open for the Draft Shockoe Small Area Plan, a development plan for the Shockoe Bottom area. It was created under the guidance of The City of Richmond’s Shockoe Alliance, a group of stakeholders charged with providing recommendations for the future of the neighborhood. The plan aims to guide the growth of Shockoe for the next 16 years — until 2037.   

A rendering of the proposed addition to the Shockoe neighborhood, a linear park underneath I-95.
Rendering of a proposed park under I-95, included in the Shockoe Small Area Plan | Photo provided

One of the oldest neighborhoods in Richmond, the Shockoe area includes many significant historical sites, including the Richmond African Burial Ground and the Lumpkin’s Jail Site. The plan is organized around 6 topics — similar to the 5 topics of the Richmond 300 plan, which was adopted by the City Council in Dec. 2020 — but with the addition of the topic of History and Culture because of its fundamental importance to the neighborhood.   

The 5 other topics are: 

  • High-Quality Places
  • Equitable Transportation 
  • Diverse Economy
  • Inclusive Housing
  • Thriving Environment 
A rendering of the proposed museum at the Lumpkin's Jail Site, included in the Shockoe Small Area Plan. The geometric design features enhanced greenspace.
Rendering of a proposed museum at the Lumpkin’s Jail Site, included in the Shockoe Small Area Plan | Photo provided

The plan states its vision for a neighborhood with a cohesive design + support for pedestrians and cyclists. It also includes illustrated proposals for new architectural and open space elements including a museum, a minority business makerspace, and a stormwater sculpture garden and retention area.

Richmonders can read and comment on the draft plan through Aug. 27. The city will also host several events for community members to provide input in-person and online. Shockoe Alliance members will be available to discuss the plan at two “Let’s Talk Shockoe” events — the first is tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at Station 2 (2016 E. Main St.).