Businesses along 23rd Street, Macdonald Avenue and San Pablo Avenue with rampant code and zoning violations are being targeted by the city as part of an effort to improve and beautify the busy thoroughfares, according to the Richmond Police Department, which operates the code enforcement unit.
In a Facebook post Wednesday, RPD announced its intention to clean up the commercial roadways while reporting that a prominent intersection near City Hall has greatly improved since the city worked to clean up an unsightly auto shop.
RPD’s code enforcement unit, which is tasked with ridding the city of blight such as litter and unsightly properties, along with Richmond planners worked with owners of Cottman Transmission at 23rd Street and Barrett Avenue to remedy zoning and code violations.
The problems, according to the city, included storage of inoperable vehicles, vehicles parked on the sidewalk blocking pedestrian access on Barrett, fencing without proper screening or materials and equipment, lack of landscaping, excessive signage on 23rd Street and performing auto repairs in an unenclosed area.
Those problems have since been rectified, police said, with the building receiving new paint, a permanent sign, landscaping, new bollards and chains, vinyl slats in the fence and removal of tires hanging on poles.
The department called it a “small victory” that began with the city issuing a Notice of Violation warning letter.
Police called the notice “a very effective way of initiating first contact and getting voluntary compliance for most fence and sign violations.”