Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods

aka ACORN   |   Richmond, VA   |  www.richmondneighborhoods.org
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Mission

The Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods serves as an educational entity as well as a clearinghouse for information on how to acquire, finance, and renovate a property in the city's oldest communities. While working to revitalize the city and enable home ownership for people of all income levels, the Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods advocates for the preservation and appreciation of the cultural and historic assets that give each of the city's oldest neighborhoods its' unique character.

In addition to its core mission, the Alliance educates the public about the city's history.  Residents learn about the neighborhoods, their own homes, and the people who lived in them.

Ruling year info

1999

Principal Officer

David Herring

Main address

104 Shockoe Slip, Lower Level

Richmond, VA 23219

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EIN

54-1926675

NTEE code info

n & Community Economic Development (Crb)

ing Support (Hou)

ural & Ethnic Awareness (Aul)

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Education

The Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods provides free and low-cost workshops for property owners, prospective owners, realtors,
bankers, mortgage lenders, and others on how to find, finance and fix up older structures.  These workshops include such topics as "Renovation Finance and Lending," "Researching the History of a House," "Plastering," "Painting," "Heating & Cooling," "Greening an Older House," and "Tax Credits."  Neighborhood tours, "Sell-A-Brations," and history seminars introduce older communities to their longtime residents, newcomers, and visitors.  Special classes for realtors teach them the benefits and issues involved in
buying/selling older properties and award credits via the Richmond Association of Realtors along with "Historic Realtor" certification.  Open house tours show renovations in progress, with owners and
contractors available to answer questions.  Tours and classes for middle, high school, and college students are offered as requested.

Population(s) Served

The Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods purchases options on vacant/abandoned properties to match buyers willing to renovate blighted properties with owners willing to sell.  An "Option To Sell" gives the Alliance an exclusive right to find a purchaser during an agreed-upon period of time at an established price.  The process begins when the property owner reviews the option agreement.  The Alliance evaluates the property's condition and the chances of finding a buyer.  Terms, including an estimate of time needed to sell the property and purchase price, are determined.  An option agreement is drafted, signed by the owner and the Alliance, and the owner is paid a $500 option fee. The Alliance markets the property.  All offers are presented to the seller until a purchase contract is signed.  A purchase contract is drafted and sent to an attorney for closing.  The purchaser repays the $500 option fee and a $2,000 fee for internal administrative/legal expenses to the Alliance.

Population(s) Served

The Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods offers consultation services for historic tax credit applications, appropriate design, and more. 

* Historic Tax Credit Services can provide full or partial help to property owners wishing to apply for state and/or federal tax credits in order to recoup up to 45% of renovation costs.

* Design Consultation may include schematic plans and elevations detailing the character and impact of building alteration; renderings of independent building elements (e.g., cornice, porch, fence) to ensure historic sensitivity; professional advice on repair and renovation of historic home elements (e.g., distinctive roof, brickwork).

* Preparation for C.A.R. Review facilitates discussion with Richmond's Commission of Architectural Review to ease the approval process and save design-related expenses.

* House History Research creates a report on your home, including construction date, builder, owners, and changes over time.

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Awards

Historic Preservation Award of Merit 2000

Pioneer America Society

7th District's Heritage Award 2005

City of Richmond

Preservation Award 2000

Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA)

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Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods

Board of directors
as of 05/02/2012
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kimberly Chen

Johannas Design Group

Term: 2009 - 2012

Selden Richardson

Community Volunteer

Michael Dodson

K. W. Poore & Associates

Kimberly Chen

Johannas Design Group

Ruth DeBoer

Commonwealth Architects

Mary Sadler

Sadler & Whitehead, Architects

Patricia Loughridge

Loughridge Appraisals

D. Vest

AquaLaw

Elizabeth Schulhof

Goodman & Company

Kyle Meyer

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development