A row of aging office buildings in the Fan is set to be razed to make way for a new salon-anchored development.
Local developer and entrepreneur Andrew Flint is planning to replace four century-old structures in the 2600 block of West Cary Street with a mixed-use project that will include a storefront for Hive Salon Studios, a local chain he owns.
Flint bought the buildings at 2606, 2608, 2610 and 2612 W. Cary St. for $1.27 million in November 2020 and began looking into renovating them, rather than tearing them down.
“Originally, we were trying to salvage the buildings,” Flint said. “But the more we looked at it with contractors it wasn’t going to be possible to have a high-functioning space.”
The offices on the site have been vacated ahead of demolition, which Flint said he hopes to begin soon.
Law firm Mcgrath Danielson Sorrell & Fuller, consulting firm CPL Associates and massage therapy clinic Muscle + Bone formerly operated there. The law firm has since moved within the Fan to 1427 W. Main St. It wasn’t immediately clear Thursday where the other tenants are now located.
Flint is planning a two-story, 9,000-square-foot building for the 0.25-acre site. It will include a 4,000-square-foot retail space on the bottom floor for Hive. It will be Hive’s fourth location, adding to spots in Bon Air, Scott’s Addition and the West End.
The building’s upper level will house a handful of apartments, with a mix of one- and two-bedroom units with both front- and rear-facing balconies.
The land’s zoning, B-6 Mixed Use Business District, allows for up to four stories and permits Flint to build the new project by right.
“I wanted to do something larger because of the zoning but I saw construction costs increasing rapidly when planning that,” he said.
The property also includes a 30-spot parking lot behind the current buildings, which Flint said he will keep.
“That’s really a thing that made it the most attractive, that we had enough parking for what we were trying to do with The Hive,” Flint said.
Fultz & Singh Architects is designing the project, and Flint said he’s not yet selected a general contractor. He’s expecting the new building to be complete in spring of 2022. Flint said the project’s cost has not been finalized.
The new Hive location will be across from a pair of new food options: Mike Ledesma’s InstaBowl, which opened in the former Acacia space at 2601 W. Cary St., and The Beet Box, a juice bar from local gym owner Antione Meredith.
In addition to owning Hive, Flint has been adding to his real estate holdings, including the purchase of Fultz & Singh’s office building on West Leigh Street in Scott’s Addition for $750,000. His former woodshop, Method Woodworking and Design, once shared the space with the architects, but Flint said he’s now turning that space into a shell.
“I’m waiting for a tenant for it. I’m hoping that picks back up again in the summer and fall,” Flint said, adding that he could see it as a retail space if an office tenant doesn’t arrive.