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VPM Daily Newscast: Sept 8, 2023

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VPM Daily Newscast

The VPM Daily Newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. Episodes are recorded the night before.

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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Sept. 8, 2023:   

What’s next for Henrico’s GreenCity?
Reported by VPM News’ Lyndon German

Henrico’s Economic Development Authority recently approved the purchase of a 110-acre property known as Scott Farm in the northeast part of the county to further develop a planned multi-use area known as GreenCity.

Years after the initial announcement, county officials say Henrico is still far from a groundbreaking. But the EDA has been busy assembling partners to manage the multi-phased development: An arena will be operated by ASM Global — one of the largest venue management companies nationwide — and 880 for-sale homes are planned by Eagle Construction.

Report: More Richmonders are living without shelter

Reported by VPM News’ Jahd Khalil

On Thursday, Homeward, which coordinates homelessness services across Central Virginia, released data from its Point-in-Time Count conducted between July 26 and 27. That night, staff and volunteers with the Greater Richmond Continuum of Care counted 486 people experiencing homelessness, which is 8.7% higher than the organization's summer 2022 count of 447.

The organization also noted a higher number of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness — staying outdoors, in cars and/or other places not meant for habitation — versus last year's count. Homeward said that people older than 55 made up 40% of those experiencing homelessness in this count.

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