Black contractor braves threats in removing Confederate statues in Richmond

An accomplished Black businessman, Devon Henry took on a job the Virginia city says others were unwilling to do

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Devon Henry paced in nervous anticipation, because this was a project like nothing he’d ever done. He wore the usual hard hat — and a bulletproof vest.

An accomplished Black businessman, Henry took on a job the city says others were unwilling to do: lead contractor for the now-completed removal of 14 pieces of Confederate statuary that dotted Virginia’s capital city. There was angry opposition, and fear for the safety of all involved.

But when a crane finally plucked the equestrian statue of Gen. Stonewall Jackson off the enormous pedestal where it had towered over this former capital of the Confederacy for more than a century, church bells chimed, thunder clapped and the crowd erupted in cheers.

Henry’s brother grabbed him, and they jumped up and down.

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Black contractor braves threats in removing Richmond statues

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Devon Henry paced in nervous anticipation, because this was a project like nothing he’d ever done. He wore the usual hard hat — and a bulletproof vest.

An accomplished Black businessman, Henry took on a job the city says others were unwilling to do: lead contractor for the now-completed removal of 14 pieces of Confederate statuary that dotted Virginia’s capital city. There was angry opposition, and fear for the safety of all involved.

But when a crane finally plucked the equestrian statue of Gen. Stonewall Jackson off the enormous pedestal where it had towered over this former capital of the Confederacy for more than a century, church bells chimed, thunder clapped and the crowd erupted in cheers.


Henry’s brother grabbed him, and they jumped up and down. He saw others crying in the pouring rain.

“You did it, man,” said Rodney Henry.

Success came at some

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Court-ordered sale of infamous Richmond industrial property leaves tenants hanging

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The new owner of the building, according to land title documents, is Bayshore Canada Ventures ULC, which bought the property for $10.3 million in a court-ordered sale that closed on Sept. 23.

The court-ordered case was launched in October 2018 by mortgage lender and Vancouver businessman Michael Averbach after the terms of his companies’ loan to Braut, made in 1996, had expired with about $4.3 million, plus accrued interest, still outstanding.

After a remediation period, the court ordered a sale of the property in February 2020, according to case documents.

Commercial brokers put the property onto the market just before the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown started, listing it as having over 31,000-square feet on just under an acre of land.

More than $7 million in proceeds from the sale of the property went immediately to paying outstanding property tax, rental arrears, and mortgage payments owed to Averbach and

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Coventry Homes to build in new Richmond community

Coventry Homes will soon begin building homes in Candela, an upcoming 460-acre community off FM 359 near FM 1093 in Richmond.



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The builder, a division of McGuyer Homebuilders, will offer three series of floor plans designed for 40-, 50- and 60-foot lots. Prices will start from the mid $200,000s to the $400,000s.

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Coventry will build three model homes in Candela, a development of JDS Cos. The model homes will be ready, along with inventory homes for sale, for the spring selling season, according to the builder.

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“We have great expectations for Candela given its excellent location, level of planned amenities and schools,” Paul Blackburn, region president for McGuyer Homebuilders, said in an announcement. “Residents will be able to easily reach employment centers in Katy, Houston and Sugar Land, and there is plenty of shopping, dining and

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RRHA board reaffirms plans to demolish and redevelop Richmond’s public housing communities | Richmond Local News

RRHA wants to work with private developers to rebuild new housing and amenities on its properties. Under federal law, residents would have a right to return to the communities once new housing is built there. Residents also will be offered vouchers to seek housing in the private rental market or the option of moving to another RRHA property.

During the review process, tenant advocates lodged complaints about RRHA’s plans. They questioned the housing authority’s public engagement process and whether it was based on residents’ wishes.

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RRHA accepted written feedback on the plan, which also includes administrative and policy changes for its tenants, during a 45-day period from mid-August through September. It also hosted two virtual public input sessions, where its staff presented the plan and people could weigh in. Those sessions, held in late September, were sparsely attended.

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