2,000 apartments proposed in three projects in Short Pump

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More than 2,000 apartments in three development proposals are in the works by various companies for some of the last remaining buildable areas in Short Pump.

Eagle Construction, VA, is planning a 1,600 residential development with a mixed-use commercial component for 183 acres along the north side of Interstate 64 between Gayton and the Goochland County Line.

Across the interstate, Edward Rose & Sons offers up to 325 apartments on 17 acres along Gayton. And south of that, Rebkee is behind a plan for 94 condominiums and up to 75,000 square feet of retail space on 12 acres on Broad Street, between Gayton and the West Broad Marketplace shopping center.

All three projects are on the agenda for the next meeting of the planning commission of the district of Henrico on October 14th. Public hearings would be held prior to the votes and the Commission’s recommendations would then be submitted to the Board for a final decision at a later date.

North of the highway

Covering an area of ​​183 hectares, Avenlea would be a mix of residential and mixed-use and commercial areas, as well as green spaces and walking trails. (Images courtesy of Eagle Construction of VA)

Eagle Construction has been planning its development, called Avenlea, for more than a year, which would fill approximately three-quarters of the 183 acres along the north side of the freeway with up to 1,600 homes, including houses, townhouses, condos and apartments.

The development would also include at least 150,000 square feet of commercial space, with plans for a corporate campus and mixed-use neighborhood, comparable to the company’s nearby GreenGate project.

Eagle President Josh Goldschmidt said the project was inspired by communities they have toured in the Atlanta area, most notably Serenbe, a neighborhood characterized by a mix of home types and sizes, and interaction and integration with the natural environment excels – an approach known in the industry. as “biophilia”.

“This is the last really large vacant lot west of Henrico, so our desire to do all of this is to do something really great,” said Goldschmidt.

The residential neighborhoods would have a variety of living styles and designs.

Most of the property would be filled with residential neighborhoods that would be different from one another, while the southeast end at Gayton and 64 would form the business district.

A network of sidewalks and paths would connect the community, highlighted by a paseo – a street-like walkway for walking and cycling that would run the length of the site, complete with hardscape spaces, meeting areas, and green spaces.

The property is also said to have connections to adjacent, district owned property that Henrico has reserved for future public facilities, including possibly a school or park. The county bought the 205 acre property along Kain Road for $ 24.4 million in 2008.

Goldschmidt said the corporate campus in particular would be coordinated around an expected transportation hub in Gayton and 64. where lanes temporarily cross the sides to facilitate the flow of traffic.

Goldschmidt said the timing of the swap and the scope of the overall development would make Avenlea a project of at least 10 years. Ricky Core, President of Parent Company Markel | Eagle said the schedule and total cost of development would be dictated by the market as the project progressed.

“We have created a flexible sample book that allows us to see what the market will bring us,” said Core.

Eagles Ricky Core, left, and Josh Goldshmidt.

This sample book, along with development proposals and other guidelines included in its proposal, will be published on an Avenlea website called Eagle, which was created to showcase the project to the public. District planners are also working on the documents to be published prior to the October 14 meeting and linked to the planning commission’s agenda.

Eagle has applied for rededication and temporary use permits, with the latter allowing certain uses such as a meeting hall, hospital and coliseum or stadium. Nathalie Croft, Eagle’s land-planning director, said these uses are not suggested, but rather relate to allowable building heights and densities that would be allowed in different areas of the property.

Goldschmidt said the residential sections are being designed by different teams to accommodate a variety of living styles and neighborhood characters. Of the maximum permitted 1,600 residential units, 540 would be apartments, the rest a mixture of terraced houses, condominiums and single-family houses.

The building heights at the northwest end of the site would be limited to four stories within 150 feet of the northern boundary of the site and seven stories within 300 feet of the boundary. The mixed-use blocks closer to Gayton and 64 would be exempt from height restrictions and overall development would be limited to 75 percent of the total site.

Sample views of the mixed-use and commercial buildings planned for Avenlea.

Eagle owns one of the six parcels that make up the site, the rest is owned by two families. Eagle bought its 40 acre lot at 12600 Bacova Drive in 2017 for $ 4.12 million after withdrawing an earlier offer for 209 townhouses and 8 acres of office space by Duke Development of Henrico.

Core said that Eagle was then approached by the previous owners to buy the property and shortly thereafter hired the neighboring property owners, whom he said are actively involved in Eagle leading the project.

A company called ME Taylor LLC bought the 44-acre property at 12700 Bacova Drive in 2019 for $ 4.5 million from Annabelle Johnson Taylor, property records show. The remainder of the area is on behalf of Triple J Farms LLC, which has held its stake since 2014 when ownership was transferred from the Harry Grandis property.

The six packages were last valued by Henrico at a total of 17.66 million US dollars.

Eagle is partnering with Cooper Carry on Avenlea, an Atlanta-based company providing urban planning and landscape architecture for the project. Cooper Carry is also locally involved in the planned redesign of the Spring Rock Green shopping center in Chesterfield County.

Townes Site Engineering is the civil engineer on Avenlea. Hirschler attorney Jim Theobald represents Eagle in his applications.

Avenlea would be the biggest development yet for Eagle, whose projects included West Broad Village and the 55-year-old CrossRidge community in Glen Allen. In addition to GreenGate, it is also active in Readers Branch, a 308 housing development in Goochland County. Eagle moved its headquarters from West Broad Village to the Canterbury Shopping Center on Patterson Avenue last year.

South of the highway

A look at Rebkee’s development from Broad and Gayton shows condominiums behind retail buildings. (Image courtesy Rebkee)

On the other side of the freeway from the Avenlea location, Midwestern developer Edward Rose & Sons is seeking planning permission for up to 325 apartments on seven lots and part of another 17 acre property between Gayton Road and West Broad Marketplace. Jeff Geiger von Hirschler represents the company and did not answer a phone call with a request for comment.

Edward Rose & Sons, no stranger to the area, was behind the 347-unit Luxe 360 ​​at CenterPointe in Chesterfield County. It also developed the Enclave Apartments in Midlothian, the Trophy Club at Bellgrade Apartments and The Vinings Apartments near Iron Bridge Road.

The Gayton Road location comprises residential properties with varying degrees of ownership and is valued at a combined total of $ 2.52 million. In 2019, three of the lots were purchased by Grove & Libbie Service Co. LLC and a company affiliated with Villani Real Estate for a total of $ 1.6 million.

South of this location, Richmond-based Rebkee is signed for a mix of condominium and retail at 12120 W. Broad St. that has been marketed as the last available Broad Street-fronted development lot in Short Pump in recent years. The latest proposal envisages 94 condominiums and between 40,000 and 75,000 square meters of commercial space on the 12 hectare site.

Dan Hargett

Rebkee is working with property owner SKM LLC, who is seeking rezoning, with Andy Condlin, Roth Jackson’s attorney, representing him. Condlin is the registered agent of the LLC, which has an Atlanta address as its headquarters.

Real estate records show that SKM bought the package for $ 5.85 million last year. It is valued by the county at $ 2.56 million.

Rebkee director Dan Hargett said the project, called West Village, is in a preliminary stage and may change based on feedback from the county. He said the company is in negotiations with several national retailers over the commercial space that Broad would prefer with the condominiums behind it.

“There is no doubt that the intersection of Broad and Gayton is a great place with the intersection that will be there,” said Hargett.

A packed agenda

Also on the jam-packed agenda for next week’s committee meeting is KM Hotels’ latest plan for the former Akaza Hotel at 6531 W. Broad St., where the hotelier is now planning 250 apartments, a parking garage and a new commercial building on Broad Street.

The commission will also review Lingerfelt Development’s proposal to add nearly 1,400 apartments and structured parking spaces in five office buildings it owns in Innsbrook. The cases have been postponed several times, most recently last month to give the developer time to address issues related to mix of uses, appearance, and impact on public infrastructure and services.


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