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On February 5th, the Richwood Place Civic Assocation formally endorsed METRO’s “Cummins” alignment, becoming the fourth civic organization on Richmond between Shepherd and Main to do so:
“We believe that rail on Richmond Avenue through our neighborhood offers the most benefit to the greatest number of residents and stakeholders within Richwood Place.
The Cummins option best supports our desire for neighborhood friendly rail, maximizes ridership and appears to be the most cost effective solution.
On the contrary, Richwood Place Civic Association finds the Montrose/US 59 option to be the total antithesis to neighborhood friendly rail and as a result, vehemently opposes this selection. An elevated rail structure along US-59 would destroy our historic neighborhood through property condemnation as well as destroying the quality of life for the remaining properties.”
Given that Richwood Place touches both Richmond and US-59, any of METRO’s three final alignment options will affect them. It means something that Richwood Place neighbors decided rail on Richmond will work better for them!
And Richwood Place is not alone. The Neartown Association, which spans the corridor from Shepherd to Spur 527, has also endorsed the “Cummins” option. Five Neartown member organizations have officially joined their support: First Montrose Commons, Roseland Estates, Castle Court, Lancaster Place, and the Museum Area Municipal Association (MAMA). And there is further support for Richmond from Friends of Mandell Park, the Museum District Business Alliance (MDBA), and the Boulevard Oaks Civic Association (BOCA). Can you say overwhelming support for rail on Richmond?