Pair of sizable projects from Sauer Properties, HHHunt clear planning commission in Henrico

The HHHunt project includes an office building, which the builder would use as its own office space.

It was a busy night at the Henrico Planning Commission meeting Thursday evening, as two projects from a pair of well-known names in Richmond real estate sought rezoning on their way to the Board of Supervisors.

Developer HHHunt earned the commission’s rezoning recommendation for a planned 90-unit residential and commercial project near an entrance to Twin Hickory.

Site plan for HHHunt’s project.

Dubbed “The Corner at Twin Hickory,” the project would add an office building and up to 90 condos on nearly 10 acres in the northeast corner of Pouncey Tract Road and Twin Hickory Lake Drive. The site is across Twin Hickory Lake Drive from Blackwood Development’s One Pouncey project, which Henrico supervisors approved this week.

HHHunt’s condos, designed by Northern Virginia-based Lessard Design, would be grouped in a dozen buildings, split between five- and 10-unit constructions. The office building would be closest to the intersection, beside an existing Twin Hickory sign that would remain, with an easement for maintenance access.

In their staff report, county planners advised deferring the case to request that HHHunt provide a better transitional buffer between the office and residential sections. The report refers to an adjacent parcel that was removed from the project that staff said could help address the concern if it was added back. The county’s comprehensive plan recommends the entire site for office use.

A sketch of a 10-unit townhome that would be included in the project.

The condos are planned to become part of the Twin Hickory community, and HHHunt has submitted plans including road improvements to address traffic impacts. Condo sizes would be at least 1,050 minimum gross square feet per unit, and the buildings would be limited to 45 feet in height.

The plans submitted to the county do not specify whether the residential units would be for-purchase or rentals, as the staff report refers to them as both condos and apartments. The plans also do not indicate price points or rental rates, or an estimated project cost. A call to HHHunt’s Hans Klinger, who submitted the application, was not returned Thursday afternoon.

Sauer plans industrial development for 226 acres

A map of the Sauer site, oriented with the right side as north.

Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the county in Varina, the commission recommended approval for Sauer Properties rezoning request to allow an industrial distribution development of 226 acres it owns south of Richmond International Airport. The land straddles South Airport Drive immediately north of Pocahontas Parkway and is generally between Miller and Monahan roads.

A staff report states that the property would be combined with adjacent areas under Sauer ownership that are likewise zoned for light industrial use. The rezoning request does not specify uses for the site, and no detailed building layouts were submitted with the request, which was submitted by Sauer Properties President Ashley Peace.

The county’s comprehensive plan recommends planned industry for the majority of the site and environmental protection for the rest. Proffers submitted by Sauer state that at least 20 percent of the property would be used as open space.

Additional proffers address traffic impacts expected from the development, which the county projects to generate 12,300 weekday trips. Truck access would be restricted from Monahan Road and Miller Road would be widened to three lanes, among other road improvements.

Sauer is working on the project with Bohler Engineering, which drew up site plans submitted to the county. The plans show that development would occur in three phases, with the first phase involving the land on the east side of Airport Drive and second and third phases on the west side.

County planners were generally supportive of the rezoning, citing comparable industrial development nearby, specifically Mondelez International’s facility at 6002 S. Laburnum Ave. The Illinois-based holding company, whose brand portfolio includes Oreo, Ritz, Good Thins and Chips Ahoy, has expanded the facility over the years and just secured a permit to construct a new $10 million commercial building there.

Both the Sauer and HHHunt projects now need the blessing of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors. Neither are yet listed on an agenda for the board.

BizSense reporter Mike Platania contributed to this report.

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