Richmond ponders ordinance to boost public art

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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.

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