Insurer planning new HQ on Ukrop-owned Westwood-area tract

The site of a former grocery store near Maywill and Thalbro streets is slated to be razed to make way for a new development that includes a five-story, 150,000 square foot office building that will house Kinsale Insurance’s headquarters. (J. Elias O’Neal)

Henrico County’s dreams of beefing up development in the Westwood Avenue area soon could get a jolt from a local insurance company.

Kinsale Capital Group, a publicly traded insurer based at 2221 Edward Holland Drive near Willow Lawn, is under contract to purchase 5.6 acres at the intersection of Maywill and Thalboro streets, where it plans to build to a new 150,000-square-foot, five-story home base.

Kinsale’s plans were confirmed by Joe Marchetti, a local CBRE | Richmond executive who is acting as a consultant for Kinsale on the deal. A development plan for the building was filed with the county’s planning department on Friday.

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Kinsale is currently based at 2221 Edward Holland Drive. (Michael Schwartz)

The property would be sold off from a larger 25-acre site owned by an entity tied to Ukrops’ Homestyle Foods. An existing 50,000-square-foot building that’s used for warehousing would be razed to make way for the development, Marchetti said.

He said Kinsale, which is run by CEO Michael Kehoe, will occupy an unspecified amount of space in the building and look to lease out the remainder.

A four-story parking deck is also part of the project, Marchetti said.

Kinsale’s building would rise in an area that the county has identified as a potential new hot spot for mixed-use development – specifically the 500-acre area from Westwood Avenue to Staples Mill Road – territory dubbed as “Scott’s Addition 2.0.

The county Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a comprehensive plan amendment and new overlay district for the Westwood area that would provide flexibility with existing zoning requirements. It also revises the county’s parking rules to allow for shared parking, and amends the zoning ordinance to allow residential development in areas of the corridor zoned for industrial or business use.

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