A brewery-anchored project on the Southside is eyeing a summer finish line, the same time many Richmonders are hopeful for an ending of social distancing guidelines.
Charles Bice and Birck Turnbull’s development at 4910-30 Forest Hill Ave. is expected to be completed in July as work continues on the two-building mixed-use project, whose marquee tenant is The Veil Brewing Co.
Bice said they’re beginning to market the 16 apartment units that sit above 14,000 square feet of commercial space.
“Obviously, like everybody, we’ve been affected (by the pandemic) somewhat but it has in no way derailed construction,” Bice said. “Construction remains on schedule with maybe a minor delay. … The apartments will come online in July.”
The apartments will be called Hill Standard, Bice said, named for the Forest and Westover Hills neighborhoods and how the property formerly housed a Standard Drug Co.
Of the 16 market-rate apartments, 14 will be one-bedroom units and two will be two bedrooms, which Bice said Thalhimer will manage.
The Veil, which also opened its Funkhaust Cafe at 2256 Dabney Road in late 2019 as a barrel-aged beer-tasting room, is scheduled to open its Southside location this summer, Bice said.
“The Veil, which has its own building, is proceeding on a parallel schedule with the apartments more or less,” he said.
Along with The Veil, below the apartments will be four other commercial tenants: ice cream shop Charm School Social Club, coffee shop Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co., fitness studio Boho Studios and Stella’s Grocery.
Bice said the tenants’ shell spaces were handed over to them to begin buildout right when the stay-at-home restrictions went into effect, so work on those spaces has been delayed.
“Because all of those businesses are food- or fitness-related, they’re all businesses that would not be allowed to be open now. So the tenant improvements of those has kind of been on pause, awaiting the stay-at-home restrictions to conclude,” Bice said. “It’ll pick up when (the restrictions) are over.”
Corinthian Construction is the project’s general contractor. Fultz & Singh Architects did the design work.
Bice, Turnbull and The Veil are also working on The Belleville, a food hall at 1509 Belleville St. in Scott’s Addition. Demolition and initial structural work was just getting started when the pandemic hit, Bice said, and that project’s been delayed a bit.
D.C.-based Restaurant Neighborhood Group, which will be a tenant at The Belleville, is handling finding other vendors for the food hall. Beyond The Veil and NRG, no other tenants have been confirmed for the food hall.