The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority finished construction of its new headquarters in Hanover this month, paving the way for a transition out of its longtime, sought-after headquarters site near The Diamond.
The $91 million complex, at 7450 and 7452 Freight Way near the intersection of Pole Green Road and Interstate 295, features a 95,000-square-foot office building and a 315,000-square-foot distribution center on a 40-acre site. ABC expects 500 employees will work there once it’s fully ramped up.
In addition to the agency’s administrative offices, the headquarters is also home to the Region Six enforcement office and licensee cashier’s office, which both began to operate from the new headquarters last week.
H&M Construction was the project contractor. ABC and the state’s general services department managed the project. ENV was the interior architect.
Completion of the new HQ is another incremental step toward unlocking the land needed for a new baseball stadium in the city. The ABC expects to sell its current longtime headquarters at 2901 Hermitage Road near the end of the year, ABC CEO Travis Hill said after a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday.
The property is being eyed by VCU as part of its plans for an athletics village, which would include a new baseball stadium to be shared by the university and the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
“We won’t look at that until we’re confident we’re ready to run this facility. It’s in the budget, it’s accounted for, so it’ll happen,” he said.
The transition of staff and equipment from Hermitage Road is underway and will take place throughout the summer.
Hill, Gov. Ralph Northam, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and ABC board Chairwoman Maria Everett shared remarks at Monday’s event.
The ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement’s Region Six office previously operated out of The Boulders II office complex in Chesterfield County. That office closed to in-person visits June 11. The bureau enforces laws related to manufacturing and selling alcoholic beverages, and is an information resource for licensees about state alcohol laws.
The licensee cashier’s office, which previously operated from 2901 Hermitage Road and processes payments for licensee permits, closed to in-person visits on June 11 as well.
Region Six includes Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield and Powhatan. The Region Five enforcement office, which covers Hanover and Goochland, also moved into the Hanover headquarters this month.
The headquarters project budget is expected to come to a total of $91 million, a figure that includes construction, the purchase of the land and other expenses, according to an ABC fact sheet distributed at the ribbon-cutting event. The state bought the land from Bill Goodwin’s Riverstone Properties for $8 million in July 2019.
Construction on the new headquarters kicked off in February 2020.
VCU, meanwhile, has continued to acquire property within the vicinity of ABC’s Hermitage site. The university recently bought the former Salvation Army facility at 2601 Hermitage Road and James River Distillery.