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Local investor grabs chunk of Brookland Park

J. Elias O'Neal July 10, 2017 5

Ann Schweitzer Riley and Cory Weiner. (J.Elias O'Neal)

Ann Schweitzer Riley and Cory Weiner. (J.Elias O’Neal)

A rising player in the local real estate market has been quietly growing his holdings in a Northside neighborhood that’s increasingly on developers’ radars.

Cory Weiner, investor and developer with Richmond-based CW Performance Group, has paid in recent weeks more than $440,000 to secure a string of retail storefronts along Brookland Park Boulevard.

Since April, Weiner has secured 114-120 Brookland Park Blvd., he confirmed Thursday. He also purchased 119 and 123 Brookland Park Blvd., and he closed on his seventh and eighth retail storefront, respectively, last week at 125 and 127 Brookland Park Blvd. for $125,000.

“You’ve got a lot going on in this neighborhood, and the pricing is still good,” Weiner said.

Most of the retail units range from 1,000 square feet to about 1,400 square feet, Weiner said, although units 125 and 127, which are separate units, can be combined into about 2,400 square feet for a single user.

Plans call for each of the units to be gutted into shells, allowing for potential tenants to lay out their space from scratch, Weiner said. New roofs and heating and air conditioning systems will also be installed, and exteriors will get a makeover.

“Right now, the focus is to get these units shelled out, sign some leases and then come back and address the tenants’ upfits,” Weiner said.   

Weiner said the storefronts will receive new facades that will tone down a lot of the brick fronts and increase the window capacity fronting Brookland Park Boulevard.

Weiner, 28, has been an early investor in the neighborhood.

About two years ago, his firm purchased and renovated a home on Garland Avenue. From there, he began finding more deals in the neighborhood – leading him to the area’s main commercial corridor.

“When you see what’s occurring in the area, it makes it an easy investment,” Weiner said.

Commercial tenants have been taking note.

Black Hand Coffee Co.’s Café Nostra at 15 Brookland Park Blvd. is now open, as is the Luncheonette at 10 E. Brookland Park Blvd.

Kristin and Kia Player plan to turn a former auto repair shop at 400 W. Brookland Park Blvd. into the block’s newest restaurant – Dixie Bell’s.

And custom clothes maker Savage Apparel Co. is now open at 126 W. Brookland Park Blvd.

Ann Schweitzer Riley, a broker with Richmond-based One South Commercial, represented CW Performance Group in the deals for 119, 123, 125 and 127 Brookland Park Blvd. Colliers broker Sara Marie Williamson represented the seller of the 125 and 127 Brookland Park Blvd. property – the late Adrian N. Fuller.

Riley is handling leasing for the storefronts, which could be ready for tenant build out in the next 45 days.

“Creative office, office and small retail would do very well in these spaces,” Riley said. “A restaurant in units 125 and 127 would be ideal.”

Riley would not disclose any potential tenants for the storefronts but said she has received several inquiries about the soon-to-be-available spaces.

“It’s Brookland Park,” she said. “There is so much happening in the neighborhoods surrounding this area, and that activity appears to be increasing as more people are moving in…that’s only going to increase the need for more retail in this area.”

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  1. Bruce Milam July 11, 2017 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Sara Marie Williamson told us in one of her first sales meeting after joining Colliers that Brookland Park would be the next Carytown. It’s good to have a fresh perspective and to see the young entrepreneurs invest capital and energy into a neighbor like this to rejuvenate it. Congrats Sarah for your foresite!

    • Kay Christensen July 14, 2017 at 4:09 am - Reply

      That’s a great thought but, highly unlikely.

      • Shelby Brown July 18, 2017 at 10:26 am - Reply

        Why is it highly unlikely?

        • Greg Turner August 8, 2017 at 4:32 pm - Reply

          She probably does not believe the the area consists of the right demographic. Still too “Diverse”. The coming gentrification will change that.
          Also, I believe this area was once Redlined by the FHA. It’s good (and sad) to see that they are finally allowing re-investment in the area.

  2. Kevin Randesi July 15, 2017 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    I think this is a really good start – and congrats to these entrepreneurs! Residential development is excellent in the area

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