MAY 2018

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M A Y 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 73 V I R G I N I A vation last summer. The train station now has two indoor event venues with a total of 57,000 square feet event space and an outdoor plaza that accommodate a 40' x 60' tent. It remains an active Amtrak station with daily trains serving routes to Washington, D.C., and Newport News. Two other new venues opened. Atlas 42 has nearly 12,000 square feet of event space and an outdoor patio area. The casual event venue is set up for fun with ping pong tables, shuffleboard, corn hole and bocce ball courts. A smaller venue, the 6,000-square- foot The Rec Room touts high-tech A/V equipment and in-house event-planning services. Meanwhile, an iconic property on the National Register of Historic Places (formerly The Commonwealth Park Suites Hotel) has been transformed into The Commonwealth, an 11-story, 59-room hotel with about 3,000 square feet of meeting space. Located across the street from the Virginia State Capitol in downtown Richmond, The Commonwealth's renovations include restoration of the historic façade, new elevators and new canopies at the entrance. Another new feature of the Richmond city- scape is the Institute for Contemporary Art, a 41,000-square-foot non-collecting museum with changing exhibitions, special events and performances. It will offer some event space beginning in July 2018. ► Monticello in Charlottesville

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