Richmond ponders ordinance to boost public art


Richmond City Council is considering requiring developers to include public art in their projects, or otherwise fill the city’s public art coffers.

If passed, the new ordinance would establish a one-percent for public art on private projects program. The program would require commercial developments of $500,000 or more—and residential developments of 10 units or more—to provide on-site public art, or make a payment to an in-lieu fund to be used for public art projects.

The proposed ordinance is to be discussed at the July 11 City Council meeting.

Other topics at the meeting include a proposed ordinance to raise Richmond’s minimum wage, installing a broken crosswalk light by Peres Elementary, and the Richmond Police Department’s plans to partner with a rental car company for incognito vehicles.