‘Bernie Sanders building’ on Broad St. reborn as The Highpoint

The Highpoint repainted the facade of the building but kept the mural of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. (Mike Platania)

A creative haven in Scott’s Addition has officially opened.

The Highpoint, a collaborative workspace for creative industry professionals, opened recently at 3300 W. Broad St.

David Morrison, Claire Accardo and Robert Olsen converted the 17,000-square-foot former Sea Dream Leather building – known in recent years for its mural of Bernie Sanders – with the idea of keeping it affordable for users.

Co-owners David Morrison and Claire Accardo (Mike Platania)

Accardo, a jeweler, said rent in The Highpoint ranges from $300 to $1,500 per month, and spaces range in size from roughly 100 to 1,000 square feet.

“With the redevelopment in Scott’s Addition, it’s getting really hard for a lot of (creative) people,” Accardo said. “We had to be rented completely before they’d begin construction.”

Morrison and Olsen purchased the building in 2013 for $600,000.

The Highpoint’s tenants include florist Photosynthesis Floral Design, nutritionist Pure Roots Nutrition, screen printer Stachesquatch Design and Olsen’s taxidermy business, Frozen in Flight.

With the building fully occupied, Morrison said they don’t anticipate turnover.

Frozen in Flight, a local bird taxidermy, is a tenant at The Highpoint. (Mike Platania)

“We have a waitlist we’re curating should anyone leave, but we’d like people to grow with us. This isn’t a three-to-five-year thing. We’d really like them to be here for a lifetime,” Morrison said.

Courthouse Creek Cider also is a tenant in The Highpoint, having opened a tasting room there in July.

The building also features a full commercial kitchen, open event space, a shared classroom and a soundproof music room. Morrison said the event space, which will double as a rotating art gallery, will help drive revenue for The Highpoint.

“In addition to our monthly rentals from our creative professionals, this is where the bulk of our income is realized. We’ll rent it out for events, anything from wedding receptions to corporate functions,” he said.

The space has a full commercial kitchen that is available for rent. (Mike Platania)

Accardo and Morrison said The Highpoint will celebrate its opening throughout September.

The Highpoint is bookended by the new Don’t Look Back Triple taco shop and the former Quality Inn & Suites, which is under contract to be sold by Better Housing Coalition to local developer Louis Salomonsky.

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This a great group of folks who stayed true to their vision. Best of luck!

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Congratulations to David, Claire and gang for all your hard work in making this happen. They are great people with a wonderful vision for Scott’s Addition and RVA. All the best!