What is Navy Hill?


Rich in History

The Navy Hill neighborhood was named as a tribute to naval victories during the War of 1812. By the early 1900s, it had become a thriving African American community. Navy Hill School was the first Richmond public school to employ black teachers, and Maggie L. Walker was among its many graduates. 

In the 1950s, major construction, starting with Interstate 95 and, later, development of the Richmond Coliseum, tore the neighborhood apart. The construction secured a place for Richmond on America’s major East Coast highway, but the price was high and, to many, life changing. One of America’s historic African American communities was altered beyond recognition.

All Richmonders can find inspiration on the Navy Hill marker located at Fourth and Jackson Streets:

“Love and memories never die as days roll on and years pass by. Deep in our hearts memories are kept of the ones we loved and shall never forget.”




Ready for Development

In November 2017, City of Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney released a detailed Request for Proposals (RFP) to redevelop a 10-block parcel of city-owned land in downtown Richmond. A central requirement of the RFP was that no taxpayer dollars be used to create the development.

The North of Broad proposal submitted by NH District Corp was informed by extensive community engagement. In January 2018, more than 1,000 Richmonders participated in a series of community meetings and online surveys to share their points of view and help shape the proposal submitted to the city in February 2018. 

During those meetings—and by engaging online—citizens were able to learn about the proposal, understand the requirements of the Mayor, review key project details and learn about how the initiative would be financed without without an obligation of the City. 

In June 2018, the city entered into formal negotiations with NH District Corp.

The NH District Corp. proposal lays out a plan to create 2,800 new housing units where none exist today, upgrade the Blues Armory, replace the Richmond Coliseum with a state-of-the-art arena, and so much more. Made possible by private development dollars, the work will be completed without diverting existing taxpayer dollars to pay for it. 

We entered into this process understanding some residents may be skeptical. After all, the people of Richmond have every right to think they’ve heard this all before: the rosy scenarios, the too-good-to-be-true promises. But this time can and WILL be different. We’re building this plan knowing it can only work if it works for everyone.

That's why, as we chart the path forward, we encourage you to:

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