1,000-home project approved near Henrico mall

The development would take shape just to the west of Brook Road. Site plan from HHHunt.

The development would take shape just to the west of Brook Road. Site plan from HHHunt.

The path is cleared for HHHunt’s next big project.

Henrico County supervisors unanimously approved a rezoning on Tuesday for the 250-acre River Mill, which will add more than 1,000 homes to wooded land across Brook Road from Virginia Center Commons.

The development, largely unchanged since it was first proposed in February, will consist of 400 zero-lot-line homes, meaning detached single-family homes built close to the edge of a lot; 300 townhomes; 285 apartments; and 50 single-family homes.

Seven parcels that make up the 250 acres are under contract with HHHunt, whose other Henrico communities include Twin Hickory, Wellesley, Wyndham and Wyndham Forest, as well as the nearby Townes at Woodman, an 82-unit townhome development. The company is also developing a 240-home community near Wyndham that received zoning approval last year.

“We’re very pleased to be able to bring another HHHunt community to Henrico County and to the Richmond area,” said Kim Kacani, the company’s vice president of land acquisition and business development.

Kacani noted the project was revised slightly to include a fence and landscaping along a planned extension of Woodman Road, in response to concerns from the nearby Magnolia Ridge neighborhood. Minimum square-footage for the apartments was also clarified, with the one-bedroom apartments set at no less than 650 square feet.

Apartments will range from one to three bedrooms and rent between $780 and $1,500 per month. The townhomes would start at 1,250 square feet and range in price from $240,000 to $290,000.

The zero-lot-line homes and the 50 single-family homes would have a minimum square footage of 1,500 and 2,000, respectively. The zero-lot-line homes would start in the low $300,000s, while the single-family homes would be priced upwards of $420,000.

HHHunt will build the project’s apartments through its multifamily construction arm, HHHunt Apartment Living. HHHunt Homes would also be one of four builders for the rest of the project, the remaining three to be determined.

Development is scheduled to start by spring 2017. Home construction would start with the apartments that fall, with the first homes occupied by early 2018.

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