Dozens of new income-based apartments near Highland Park and a potential redevelopment site on Arthur Ashe Boulevard both got an initial greenlight at City Hall on Monday.
Richmond’s Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a special-use permit for Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ planned 56-unit residential project at 1031 and 1101 Fourqurean Lane.
The commission also recommended approval of Thalhimer Realty Partners’ rezoning request for 2902 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd. from M-2 Heavy Industrial to TOD-1 Transit-Oriented Nodal District.
CCC’s project, in conjunction with St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, would house 56 apartments across 14 buildings on a 3-acre site that’s currently vacant.
Since CCC and St. Elizabeth’s applied for the SUP in November, they’ve added a community center and playground to the plans, additions that CCC CEO Jay Brown said were a result of community feedback.
Meanwhile, Thalhimer now takes its unspecified plans for the 3-acre plot near The Diamond to the City Council next week.
The company bought the property for $3.7 million in late 2019. The industrial site houses a 36,000-square-foot warehouse for Wesco Distribution. If the rezoning is approved by the council, TRP would be able to build mixed-use projects up to 12 stories by right.
The application, which was submitted on behalf of Thalhimer by Lory Markham of Markham Planning, does not specify precisely what the developer has in mind for the site, stating only that TRP “wishes to construct a new multi-story development on the property.”
TRP principal Matt Raggi said they should have more specific plans for the site ready to share in the coming months.
“The current zoning of M-2 heavy industrial doesn’t give us much flexibility on redevelopment options and TOD-1 will allow for options that are more suited to how the greater Scott’s Addition area is developing,” Raggi said.
While its plans for the Wesco site remain unclear, TRP already has a project in the works for an adjacent parcel.
Last month it began marketing its plans for Scott’s Walk, a restaurant and retail project to rise at 3064 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., a site it bought for $4 million in early 2020.
Formerly the home of truck leasing firm Idealease, TRP is planning a two-story, 20,000-square-foot project with the possibility of drive-thrus built-in for tenants. Thalhimer’s Connie Jordan Nielsen and Annie O’Connor have the listing on Scott’s Walk.
Both the CCC and TRP projects are scheduled for a vote before the City Council at its March 8 meeting.