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Downtown In the News: May


From Left to Right: 17th Street Bike Lane, Bateau courtesy of Bateau, ACWM Grand Opening courtesy of 3north


American Civil War Museum Celebrates Grand Opening

One of RVA's most popular attractions re-opened to show off their highly anticipated $25 million facility, 500+ artifacts and a new building design. Read more about the ACWM Grand Opening from CBS 6.

Bateau Comes to the Canal Walk

Enjoy your summer nights and mornings at Bateau, a coffee and wine experience along the canal, and enjoy a beautiful view, atmosphere, and jazz two nights a week. Learn more about the canal's newest addition from Richmond Magazine's inside look.

A New, Safer Way to Cross Dock Street

The city has installed flashing lights at a major downtown crosswalk to alert drivers to slow down and help pedestrians feel safer crossing near Dock and 17th Street. In other nearby pedestrian news, the 17th Street bike lane is open! Find out what Dock Street feels to a pedestrian in this story from ABC 8.

Wake Up on Franklin Street

Downtown's newest café is open! Head over to 616 E. Franklin Street and check out Wake Café's offerings of coffee and breakfast iteams. Explore Wake's menu, hours & more from Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Left to Rigt: RoundTrip courtesy of RoundTrip, VA Bio+Tech Park courtesy of VA Bio+Tech Park, Carmax Shockoe courtesy of Richmond BizSense


CarMax is Adding Space to the Canal

Carmax will be expanding their operations and presence downtown to the Canal Crossing building, making way for an additional 180 employees. Read more from Richmond BizSense about CarMax's presence downtown.

VA Bio+Tech Park Keeps Growing

Filling out the remaining lab space, HalioDx and 27 other bioscience companies, as well as 40 research institutes and other health-related organizations, call the VA Bio+Tech Park home. Learn more about downtown's role in life sciences at Life Science Reader.

Local Start-ups Score Big

Shockoe Bottom start-up, Roundtrip, announced a $5.1 million capital raise as one of the start-ups inside 1717 Innovation Center, Buddy, prepares to launch in Virginia after launching in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Colorado. Find out more about Roundtrip's growth and how Buddy came to be from Richmond BizSense.

From Left to Right: Menuhin Competition courtesy of Menuhin Competition, The Current courtesy of Hickok Cole & Richmond BizSense, Chopt courtesy of Tomorrow News Today Atlanta


Lee Bridge Land Sells

LIV Development purchased a total of 7.3 acres near the Lee Bridge and plans to add 270 aparments and seven buildings to the Manchester neighborhood. Learn more about Riverview Apartments and more Manchester developments via Richmond BizSense.

Chopt Joins the James Center

Taking the place of the former Wendy's location, Chopt is planning on a winter opening for the 4,000 SF space found inside the One James Center building at 901 E. Cary Street. Find out more about Chopt and One James Center's growth from Richmond BizSense.

The Current Prepares to Break Ground

The $68 million, two-building office, retail, and residential project planned for 400 Hull Street is aiming to be completed by 2021 Q1. Read the details of Manchester's newest mixed-use plan at Richmond BizSense.

The Owners of Lemon Expand to Rockett's Landing

The Bombay Co., a new restaurant concept from the family behind Lemon Cuisine of India, will be opening at 4821 Old Main Street in August. Get the inside scoop on how Lemon's owners landed on Rockett's Landing from Richmond Bizsense.

The Menuhin Competition Announces 2020 Richmond Details

The Menuhin Competition is coming to RVA next May and kicks off with an Opening Gala Concert featuring our own Richmond Symphony at the Dominion Energy Center. Check out the full schedule of programming for 2020 Richmond here.

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