Things are hopping in Hanover County.
The Commonwealth of Virginia has inked a deal for 14.5 acres near the intersection of Lewistown Road and Lakeridge Parkway just off Interstate 95, the second big land deal in that section of Ashland in the past two weeks.
The state is planning to build a 45,000-square-foot headquarters there for the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The project, just up the road from Bass Pro Shops and the Winding Brook development, is expected to cost about $10 million.
The property was purchased from developer Gibson Wright for $1.48 million, whose land entities three days later sold 43 acres across the street to California-based developer Craig Realty Group for a planned 392,000-square-foot outlet mall.
“We have signed a comprehensive agreement with the developer, and right now we are producing the final plans for the building,” said Matt Koch, chief operating officer of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
The state’s property is to the northwest of Craig’s outlet site.
The project will be run by Thomas Kinter, a developer with the firm General Land Companies, under the entity Northlake DGIF LLC.
“Right now we are in an 18-month window to deliver the building,” Kinter said. “Once we clear the preliminary design phase, we’ll move forward with the permits.”
Kinter said he expects to break ground on the building in six to seven months. Baskervill is the project’s architect. Kjellstrom & Lee is the general contractor.
Koch said his department hopes to be in the building by the end of the summer of 2014, in time for deer season.
Edwin Gaskin, head of economic development for Hanover County, said he sees the closing of the DGIF deal and the outlet mall property as a catalyst for growth in the area.
“It’s much better for the county,” Gaskin said. “In a way it bookends that stretch, with Bass Pro on one end and the outlet mall on the other. It will be interesting to see how it fills out in between.”
BizSense reported in February that the DGIF was planning to move ahead with the new building because its old headquarters at 4010 W. Broad St. needed more than $12 million in repairs.