A local coworking brand is branching out for the first time into Chesterfield County, helping to anchor a sizable mixed-use development taking shape in Midlothian.
Gather, which already operates three coworking spaces elsewhere in the region, has signed on to lease about 25,000 square feet of a planned three-story, 30,000-square-foot building in Blackwood Development’s 25-acre Winterfield Crossing project rising along Midlothian Turnpike and Winterfield Road.
Blackwood’s Nolen Blackwood and Marc Greenburg handled the lease and confirmed the deal.
Once completed, Winterfield Crossing will house 100,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, a mix of 238 market-rate units and up to 240 age-restricted apartments, and 30,000 square feet of office space development along Midlothian Turnpike.
The future Chesterfield Gather – one of the chain’s largest – would bring the coworking firm’s metro Richmond count to four.
Its original Richmond space opened in 2014 at 409 E. Main St. and is being relocated to 309-315 E. Broad St. The company also has spots in West Broad Village in Short Pump and in Scott’s Addition.
Gather also is making a push into Hampton Roads, opening a 30,000-square-foot location in Riverstone Properties’ BB&T building at 500 E. Main St. in Norfolk. Another 27,000-square-foot location is underway in the Tech Center Research Park in Newport News.
Gather is the latest of several new commercial tenants added to the mix at the development.
Row House, a gym franchise centered around workouts on rowing machines, is taking about 2,200 square feet in Winterfield Crossing.
Franchisee Johnathan Mears also is planning a second outpost in the county’s Woodlake section at the Hancock Village Shopping Center along Hull Street Road. He said a third location is pending.
Mears, 34, previously had an eight-year stint with Gold’s Gym.
“I wanted to do something on my own, and offer something that was smaller than what is available,” Mears said. “People are looking for smaller gyms because it’s less intimidating. Row House offers a low-impact, high-intensity workout for everybody, which is what appealed to me.”
Row House, which is part of the Xponential Fitness brand that owns several national fitness chains such as Pure Barre and CycleBar, has been expanding rapidly across Virginia. Row House most recently opened an outpost in the West Broad Marketplace development along West Broad Street in Henrico’s Short Pump area. That location is not owned by Mears.
Gather and Row House will join Starbucks, BurgerIM and Carytown Bikes, the latter of which is moving to Winterfield from Westchester Commons.
Work on the development’s 8,800-square-foot Aldi grocery store, which is situated near Midlothian Turnpike and Old Otterdale Road, is well underway.
Nolan Blackwood said the store is slated to open in October.
With parts of its commercial components taking shape, work on Winterfield Crossing’s multifamily piece is preparing to enter a new phase.
Local developer Guy Blundon said his firm is preparing to launch construction on a first phase of the Summerfield Apartments, a new independent senior living apartment community set to rise on the northern edge of the Winterfield Crossing.
Plans call for the construction of about 120 apartments to begin sometime during the first quarter of 2020, Blundon said, with another phase of 120 apartments slated to take shape on the site upon demand.
Summerfield’s pending arrival comes as Blundon’s 238-unit Winterfield at Midlothian apartment development is complete on the eastern edge of the development. He said about 50 percent of those units have been leased.