The Agenda: Local government briefs for 3.1.21

Video highlights General Assembly Building construction, Old City Hall renovation

The governor’s office and the Virginia Department of General Services released a video providing a behind-the-scenes tour of the new General Assembly Building under construction at Capitol Square, as well as renovations of the Old City Hall and Morson’s Row buildings.

The new 414,000-square-foot General Assembly Building is being constructed on the same footprint as the old 320,000-square-foot building. The 14-story building is scheduled for completion next summer.

The Old City Hall renovation, described as the most comprehensive since the building’s construction in the late 1800s, is scheduled for completion in spring 2022, while Morson’s Row is scheduled to finish in late summer this year. More on the projects here.

Shockoe area plan, five-year CIP on city planning agendas

The Richmond Planning Commission has two meetings Monday. A 10 a.m. meeting will focus on the city’s five-year capital improvement program. The commission will then meet in regular session at 1:30 p.m.

Business on the regular meeting agenda includes a special-use permit request related to Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ plan to develop 56 apartments on about 3.25 acres at 1031 and 1101 Fourqurean Lane near Highland Park. The $9 million project would be entirely income-based units.

On the consent agenda, Thalhimer Realty Partners seeks to rezone the Wesco Distribution site at 2902 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd. from heavy industrial use to TOD-1 Transit-Oriented Nodal District. A multi-story development is planned on the 3.2-acre property, which Thalhimer purchased last year.

Planning staff also will present a draft of the Shockoe Small Area Plan that is to be incorporated into the Richmond 300 master plan. Full agenda here.

Public Safety Building sale topic of City Council meeting

The Richmond City Council last week deferred a vote on a proposed sale of the Public Safety Building at 500 N. 10th St. to Capital City Partners, which plans to develop a 20-story, VCU Health-anchored tower and mixed-use office complex on the 3-acre site. The council will consider the sale and a proposed development agreement in a special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday.

The council also will hold a retreat at 2 p.m. Monday. Participating in the retreat are facilitator Yvonne Crenshaw, Charles Hartgrove with the Virginia Institute of Government, and Larry Terry II with UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

Monroe Ward tower, Civil War Museum rezoning approved

The Richmond City Council last week approved special-use permits for a planned 15-story student housing tower at 321 W. Grace St. in Monroe Ward, and for two townhome developments in the Southside by Canterbury Enterprises, which is planning 65 units on 7 acres at Warwick and Hull Street roads and 36 units on 6 acres in the 2500-2700 blocks of Belt Boulevard.

The council approved NewMarket Corp.’s request to rezone the 9-acre site that houses the American Civil War Museum and several office users from M-1 Light Industrial zoning to DCC Downtown Civic and Cultural District.

More units sought for Twin Hickory condos; Glenwood Golf Course proposal deferred

The Henrico Planning Commission last week deferred several cases to its March 11 meeting, including Godsey Properties’ plan to develop Glenwood Golf Course as two subdivisions totaling 320 homes. A proposed bed-and-breakfast and events venue in Varina was withdrawn.

Also deferred to March 11 is a rezoning request from Hundred Acre Woods Inc. for a zero-lot-line residential development on a 33-acre tract at the terminus of Opaca Lane near Wyndham Forest. The case was previously deferred in January to give the applicant time to address staff concerns.

HHHunt is looking to increase the number of condos for its “The Corner at Twin Hickory” development from 90 to 105. That request also was deferred to the commission’s March 11 meeting.

The project received an initial rezoning recommendation last fall for 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.

Video zooms in on Macy’s demolition at Virginia Center Commons

Henrico County released a video of demolition underway at Virginia Center Commons, where the former Macy’s store has been razed to make way for the county’s planned indoor sports facility and convocation center. The work is part of Rebkee Co. and Shamin Hotels’ redevelopment of the former mall into a hotel-anchored residential and retail center.

Hanover Planning Commission defers subdivision vote, nixes solar farm

The Hanover County Planning Commission voted last week to defer for 30 days its consideration of a subdivision of 64 single-family home lots on a 36-acre property at the intersection of Old Keeton Road (State Route 719) and Washington Highway (State Route 1). The application also requests permission for office, self-storage and specialty trade uses on a 4-acre section of the property.

The commissioners also voted to not recommend a conditional-use permit that would pave the way for a 45-acre solar farm on an 85-acre property on the east line of St. Peters Church Road (State Route 611) where it intersects Old Mill Road. The request now heads to the Board of Supervisors for a final verdict.

Chesterfield supervisors approve Coalfield Reserve, Gateway Apartment projects

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors OK’d a rezoning and conditional-use permit request for Coalfield Reserve. The development would have 310 units that would be built on a 26-acre tract between Walmart Way and Old Buckingham Road.

Supervisors also voted to approve a conditional-use permit and rezoning application filed by Brandywine Operating Partnership LP for a 245-unit development called Gateway Apartment Homes, which will be located on 10 acres at 801 Gateway Centre Parkway northeast of the Midlothian Turnpike-Powhite Parkway interchange.

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