30 homes planned for Patterson Ave neighborhood

Gumenick Properties recently received zoning approval to build 30 homes on a 6-acre parcel in Henrico County on Patterson Avenue and Maybuery Drive.

The Gumenick family has owned the property since 1955.

Ollin Toler
, the company’s vice president of homebuilding, said that they plan to start pre-sales in the fourth quarter. Once they have sold 10 to 12 houses, which will be priced around $300,000, Toler said they will start building.

“Our goal is to have every unit sold before we build it,” said Toler.

Gumenick is also selling 14 new homes in the West End at Grayson Hill and Monument Square. Toler said business is picking up as of late.

“We’ve just had our best quarter for sales since 2006,” said Toler.

The new homes will be between 1,300 and 1,900 square feet and be equipped with “green” features such as tankless water heaters and energy efficient windows.

“These are smaller homes, very green homes,” said Ed Crews, spokesman for Gumenick, “We looked at the marketplace, and there is a certain kind of home consumers want and are willing to spend money for with the current recession.”

The zoning was changed from allowing 18 homes. Concerned neighbors gathered at a public meeting this month to demand changes.

Gumenick agreed to construct a wooden fence between a nearby elementary school and the development, move the construction entrance to Patterson Avenue and build the two homes closest to the school farther away.

The Times-Dispatch reported Gumenick attorney James Theobald saying at the meeting that reducing four homes as requested by the neighbors would cut profit from the project by $500,000.

“I think we have done all we can do, to be honest,” he said while answering questions about reducing the number of homes.

Al Harris covers the home building industry for BizSense. Please send news tips to [email protected]

Gumenick Properties recently received zoning approval to build 30 homes on a 6-acre parcel in Henrico County on Patterson Avenue and Maybuery Drive.

The Gumenick family has owned the property since 1955.

Ollin Toler
, the company’s vice president of homebuilding, said that they plan to start pre-sales in the fourth quarter. Once they have sold 10 to 12 houses, which will be priced around $300,000, Toler said they will start building.

“Our goal is to have every unit sold before we build it,” said Toler.

Gumenick is also selling 14 new homes in the West End at Grayson Hill and Monument Square. Toler said business is picking up as of late.

“We’ve just had our best quarter for sales since 2006,” said Toler.

The new homes will be between 1,300 and 1,900 square feet and be equipped with “green” features such as tankless water heaters and energy efficient windows.

“These are smaller homes, very green homes,” said Ed Crews, spokesman for Gumenick, “We looked at the marketplace, and there is a certain kind of home consumers want and are willing to spend money for with the current recession.”

The zoning was changed from allowing 18 homes. Concerned neighbors gathered at a public meeting this month to demand changes.

Gumenick agreed to construct a wooden fence between a nearby elementary school and the development, move the construction entrance to Patterson Avenue and build the two homes closest to the school farther away.

The Times-Dispatch reported Gumenick attorney James Theobald saying at the meeting that reducing four homes as requested by the neighbors would cut profit from the project by $500,000.

“I think we have done all we can do, to be honest,” he said while answering questions about reducing the number of homes.

Al Harris covers the home building industry for BizSense. Please send news tips to [email protected]

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Patrick Casey
Patrick Casey
12 years ago

The neighbors asked for was the removal of 4 houses. This was so the school that they are building on top of would have a little room. By Mr Theobald’s numbers they are making 125,000 per house. So if they built 26 they have a profit of 3,250,000. How much profit is enough? They were not planning on building the fence supposedly, but they came through in the eleventh hour and kindly conceded. I get the feeling that when the prospective buyers got a good look at the back of the Maybeury cafeteria and dumpster, they would have built a… Read more »

Joni Albrecht
Joni Albrecht
12 years ago

As a point of correction, the neighbors in this case never gathered to “demand” changes. The neighbors gathered to raise concerns about the impact of rezoning this land from R2A, zoning which had stood on Henrico County books for around 50 years, to R5AC, zoning which would nearly double the number of homes and place them within 10 feet of our open-air elementary school. We only asked for reasonable accomodations to mitigate the impact of construction, traffic and the impending homes on our school and community.

Laura Willard
Laura Willard
12 years ago

The community of neighbors has very valid concerns here. I agree with Joni, above. When a variance deviates this far from the county plan at the expense of an elementary school, further explanation seems due. Could you please dig further in your coverage on this one?

Kathy Klassett
Kathy Klassett
12 years ago

To be precise, we never asked that the 4 houses be REMOVED from the plan, just moved farther away from the school property line and from the classrooms that open directly onto that area. We did not ask them to give up any profit at all.