A townhome development taking shape in Midlothian is introducing a new product from one of the region’s more active homebuilders.
Construction has started on CenterPointe Townes, a 90-unit development by Reston-based Ryan Homes that the builder describes as the area’s first urban-style brownstones. Those are the traditionally sandstone-sided rowhouses popularized in New York City.
Ryan was selected over nine other builders that vied for the project, in large part because of the new-to-market product, said Chris Corrada, a principal with Bill Goodwin’s Riverstone Properties, which is developing the 700-acre CenterPointe development along Route 288 northwest of Powhite Parkway.
The townhomes are rising along the north side of Charter Colony Parkway, adding to a fast-developing stretch that includes the 192-unit Sapphire at CenterPointe apartments to the west and, across the street, a 347-unit apartment complex by Edward Rose & Sons beside Brandermill Parkway.
Corrada said the townhomes will stand out along the corridor.
“We loved the integral second-story terrace and timeless design of the homes. They fit perfectly with the design of the neighborhood,” Corrada said. “The streets have a similar cross section to the streets in the Fan with 12-foot-wide landscaped medians, on-street parking, sidewalks and private alleys.”
The three-level units will have varying brick facades with a “modern” color palette, along with metal roofs and bronze-trim windows. The terraces can include optional gas fireplaces, and each unit will have an attached rear-loading two-car garage, bedroom-level laundry, and technology features such as video doorbells, surround-sound audio, indoor/outdoor TV connections and smart-home tech.
Floor plans start at 2,200 square feet, with three or more bedrooms, two full bathrooms and two half-baths. Prices start in the mid-$300,000s, with sales scheduled to start this summer for buyers who sign up for a VIP list.
Site work for the project got underway last year, and an initial phase of 52 homes is under construction. Plans call for a clubhouse, which Riverstone has enlisted local contractor Leipertz Construction to build, with a kitchen, fitness center, bathrooms and dressing rooms. Community amenities also include walking trails and green spaces.
Riverstone will be selling the lots to Ryan, which has purchased eight so far and started construction on those. Chesterfield County property records show Ryan’s parent company, NVR, purchased the lots in April for a total of $800,000, or $100,000 each.
As part of the project, Riverstone is installing a 10-foot-wide paved shared-use path that will run beside the site along Charter Colony Parkway and connect with Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center. Riverstone also is widening that stretch of Charter Colony from two lanes to four to accommodate the development.
“We feel this is the most unique and well-designed townhome neighborhood in Chesterfield County and will set the tone for future high-end development within CenterPointe,” Corrada said.
In the works for decades and zoned years ago, CenterPointe is approved for more than 1,600 homes at buildout, with more than just residential uses planned.
In addition to the St. Francis and other medical uses around it, the development includes the existing CenterPointe Office Building along Lucks Lane, across Charter Colony Parkway from the medical center. A grocery-anchored retail center also is planned along Charter Colony between the office building and CenterPointe Townes.
New apartments wrap up
Meanwhile, the Sapphire at CenterPointe apartments next door recently opened and started moving in its first residents.
The apartments were developed by Robinson Development Group, the Norfolk-based firm behind the adjacent 255-unit Colony at Centerpointe apartments. Robinson worked on Sapphire with Henrico-based RGI General Contractors, Virginia Beach-based architect Cox, Kliewer & Co., and Newport News-based Drucker and Falk, which will handle property management and leasing.
Sapphire consist of 96 two-bedroom units, 66 one-bedrooms and 30 three-bedrooms, with floor plans ranging from 860 to just under 1,500 square feet on average. Monthly rents range from $1,190 for the one-bedroom units, $1,555 for the two-bedrooms and $1,760 for the three-bedrooms.