Hundreds of new apartments are under construction to the east and west, with another 160 units lined up adjacent to Willow Lawn off Staples Mill Road.
Local developer Scott Boyers is building 6, a four-story apartment atop a structured parking lot at 4909-4911 Augusta Avenue, a one-acre site on the east side of the shopping center that straddles the Henrico-Richmond Line. I am planning a storey building.
The property includes a 60-year-old office building that will be demolished for development. The neighboring office building on Staples Mill Road was not involved in the project.
A LLC affiliated with Boyers’ Highline Developments purchased the two lots that make up the property in a multi-lot transaction completed last November. He paid $1.3 million to the previous owner, D&S Vending Inc., according to property records.
Boyers has sought a rezoning and interim use permit from Henrico to allow the development to include sub-level parking, first-floor commercial spaces, and community amenity spaces.
These spaces, along with the parking garage entrance and two lobbies, are planned to face Augusta Avenue, while the courtyard, pool, and other amenities are partially enclosed by the apartments.
Commercial space will be at least 1,100 square feet, with ground floor amenities totaling 4,600 square feet. Other amenities include event rooms with televisions, meeting rooms, business areas or co-working spaces.
The apartments consist of 125 one-bedroom units and 35 two-bedroom units. Unit sizes range from approximately 570 to 1,050 square feet and include walkout balconies. The plans filed with Henrico do not indicate rental rates for the unit.
Two floors of parking (one underground and one behind the commercial and amenities spaces on the ground floor) total 168 spaces. The number of spaces does not meet the number required by the county, but the request includes a parking survey showing justification for a lower amount, such as the availability of street parking in the area.
Boyer, who was contacted on Tuesday, declined to comment on the projects before requests were sent to the Henrico Planning Commission, which plans to consider them at its Oct. 13 meeting. Attorney Andy Condlin represents the group.
A community meeting about the project is scheduled for today, October 5th. The county official’s report did not specify the time and place of the meeting.
Dwell Design Studio was the designer for the project, and Parker Design Group conducted the parking lot study.
Boyer’s proposal over the years included an apartment building on Libby Street and Grove Street It never came to pass.He was also part of the original development group behind The Tiber Condominiumcompleted after series of lawsuits.
Meanwhile, proposals for more apartments on both sides of Willow Lawn are going through the review process of their respective jurisdictions.
Suburban developer a few blocks east along Broad Street Planning a 7-story building 4601-4625 W. Broad Street with 150 apartments and ground floor commercial space. Special-use requests for this project are under consideration by city planners.
On the west side of the shopping center, Thalhimer Realty Partners and Crenshaw Realty are planning 265 apartment units at 1506-1510 Willow Lawn Drive. Shrink a larger proposal Earlier this year. Approval for a scaled-down version of the project was given by county supervisors in May.