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Construction firm building new HQ, apartments near Rocketts Landing

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A rendering of Harlan Construction’s planned new headquarters building, which includes more than 20 apartments. (Image Courtesy of Harlan Construction)

A longtime Hopewell-based general contractor is packing up and moving to the city of Richmond, planning to house his new neighbors when he gets there.

Harlan Construction, which has focused primarily on commercial and industrial projects throughout its history, will construct a five-story mixed-use building at 501 Orleans Street in Fulton, near Rockets Landing.

The ground floor of the building will be the company’s new office headquarters, with 26 apartments planned to make up the four floors and above.

The 58-year-old company will move out of its current home at 602 Elm Court south of Hopewell when the new project is built. The company’s work includes Expansion of Coca-Cola bottling plant airport and Recently opened SpringHill Suites Hotel at Chester.

President and namesake Will Harlan said the move was motivated by a desire to be more centrally located.

“The reason we are moving our offices is for the convenience of our employees and to be closer to our customers,” he said. “We do a lot of design-build work and this puts us in the center of things more than ever before.”

Will’s son Jake Harlan, the company’s vice president, said the new 6,000-square-foot office will also provide more space for its 15 office staff. In total, the company has about 80 employees.

Jake said the move would be a homecoming of sorts for the Harlan family.

“We are familiar with the area. I live in Churchhill and[my parents]lived in Churchhill when I was born. It seemed like,” he said.

The general contractor closed most of the land needed for the project this month.Photo of Mike Platania)

Earlier this month, Harlan purchased a 0.6-acre Orleans Street parcel from the Richmond Redevelopment Housing Authority for $350,000. Also in January she purchased a 0.02 acre lot adjacent to 4811 S. 37th St. for $54,000.

Harlan then successfully petitioned for the rezoning of land from the M-1 light industrial district to the B-5 central business district, represented in the process by Mark Kronenthal of Ross Jackson. The city council approved the rezoning at his September 12th meeting.

510 Architects will be the architect of the project and Harlan will of course be the general contractor.

According to Will Harlan, in addition to the Fulton headquarters, there are also plans to establish a facility in Chesterfield to house equipment and manufacturing supplies, but the details have yet to be finalized.

Harlan’s new headquarters will be built next to part of Zimmer Development Company Planned Fulton Yards Project This includes over 500 apartments and 100,000 square feet of commercial space.

Will said they saw being close to it as a plus.

“We’re[getting there]a little while before things really jump,” he said. prize.”

Harlan is more than just a construction company building a new headquarters with a mix of other uses.

Breeden Co. follows a script similar to Harlan’s, albeit at a larger scale near Scott’s Addition.Virginia Beach-based developer Planning to construct a mixed-use building at 2300 Hermitage Road This includes 142 apartments and 24,000 square feet of offices occupied by Richmond-based Breeden Construction division.

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