By JoEllen Black/Richmond News
A husband and wife who have done much for the Richmond community may have a street that once cut through their property named after them.
On Tuesday, Richmond City Council unanimously approved a resolution that proposes changing the name of South Street to Gill Avenue in honor of Ray and the late Lucille Gill. The proposed change would be from Camden Street to the end of South Street, 1202 E. South St.
In 1962, the Gills purchased 240 acres of the old Wollard family land, just south of the city limits at that time. Two-thirds of this acquisition was sold to S.D. and Ardis Driskill and Dr. Franklin and Lenore Crozier, who built homes on their property. The three families joined together to create Southview Lake, which was originally called Lake LuArLe after the three wives.
Gill kept the center portion of the land and began laying water and sewer lines for a new home for his family, which didn’t come to pass. Richmond School District won its legal battle to condemn Gill’s 80 acres for the future site of Richmond High School.
The city of Richmond was granted a right-of-way through Gill’s property to create South Street.
“When I bought that farm in 1962, South Street was a little old wagon road. I cleaned that whole area out. I made it the same width as 13 Highway from Richmond to Lexington and gave that strip of ground to the city,” Gill said in a call from Arizona.