The Fan is graced with abundant historical character and charm that contribute to the beauty and vitality of our neighborhood. Historically inspired street lights help preserve that nostalgic effect.
The Fan District Association has been pursuing enhancements to its street lighting for some time, originally dating back to the 1970s. The Lighting Committee is partnering with the City to replacing the existing street lighting over time with light poles more fitting the character of the neighborhood.
The Lighting Project, as proposed by City Council, is to provide ornamental lights in the Fan District and remove the existing shoebox and cobra head street light fixtures. Construction will occur in phases as funding is made available.
The existing fixtures use standard High Pressure Sodium Vapor (HPSV) lamps with low color rendering (yellow). The new lamps will improve color rendition by providing the appearance of a warm whiter color. In addition, overhead street wiring will be replaced with underground service wiring.
Replacement lighting is planned for the area of Boulevard east to Harrison Street and from Main Street north to Broad Street (excluding border streets).
The City has completed installation of the new light fixtures on West Grace Street between Ryland Street and the Boulevard, and on Mulberry Street between West Grace Street and Kensington Avenue. The current phase of the project includes the installation of 50 ornamental lights along Mulberry Street from Kensington Avenue to Main Street, and the 2700 block of Floyd Avenue.
Q. How will the historical fixture installation impact the existing street lights?
A. The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU) does not anticipate any street lighting disruptions during construction. Removal of the shoe box style lights will not occur until after the historical fixtures are installed, connected and tested.
Q. How were the style of fixtures and poles selected?
A. The City commissioned a consultant for the lighting design with input from the FDA. The City pilot-tested several styles of fixtures in May2009 along the 2600 block of West Grace Street and the 700 block of Mulberry Street.
Q. Will parking be affected?
A. During construction, parking may be temporarily restricted. The DPU will make every effort to minimize the scope and duration of parking restrictions, and secure all obstructions so that pedestrian life is not impeded after construction hours.