Music to their ears

An office and retail development under construction in Chesterfield has landed its first tenant.

Millworks at the Green, located in the Village of Midlothian, will have four of eight planned office buildings completed this fall. A newly formed audiology practice, Richmond Hearing Doctors, will be the first to move in.

The office development is the first phase planned for the 43-acre site at Coalfield and North Woolridge roads, which is being developed for the private landowners by Woolfolk Construction.

“There are probably half a dozen other serious prospects looking at plans that have been interested for some time,” said Chris Wallace, a broker for Grubb & Ellis | Harrison & Bates who is handling leasing for the complex. “Now that the pavement is in, we are seeing a little more activity.”

Wallace said the properties cater to small to midsize professional firms and health-care businesses. There is one unit with an outdoor patio, which Wallace said could work for a restaurant or cafe. The four buildings will total more than 43,000 square feet.

“In this economy, it is a bit of a risk to build on spec,” Wallace said, “but it is a real unique project, and the owners did a lot of homework.”

The buildings are laid out with a main thoroughfare between them, and there are sidewalks so pedestrians can get from one part of the development to another. The property connects to the Midlothian Library and is across the street from the Midlothian YMCA.

Construction costs for the four buildings were not available from the developer, but county building permits indicate costs of more than $2.7 million.

Four more buildings are planned to complete the office portion. The second major phase calls for more than 15,000 square feet of retail around a nine-acre lake. A small amphitheater overlooking the lake is also planned. Wallace said future development would get moving once the office space is mostly occupied.

Kim Fisher, an audiologist with Richmond Hearing Doctors, said she chose the spot because of its location and visibility.

“We feel it will be a great facility once everything is all built out,” Fisher said.

The four-doctor practice leased 1,600 square feet and will provide services such as hearing testing, hearing aids and tinnitus treatment.

The practice plans to open in November.

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