Harper Associates is continuing its busy year with another new townhome project on the city’s Southside.
The Henrico-based developer is planning a 117-unit townhome development at 6140 Hull Street Road, on a 16-acre undeveloped parcel at the intersection with Chippenham Parkway.
Preston Lloyd, an attorney with Williams Mullen who represents Harper in the entitlement process, said he believes the project fits in with recommendations set in the city’s recently-adopted Richmond 300 Master Plan.
“There are a lot of things happening in that corridor and it’s an important one to look at to make sure there’s an increasing inventory of new construction, quality homes, not just in the heart of the city or north of the river,” Lloyd said. “I think (Harper) saw this as an opportunity to continue to diversify the projects that they’re doing.”
The property is currently owned by an entity tied to Richmond’s First Baptist Church. Harper has an agreement with the church to buy the land if entitlement for the project is gained. The acreage was most recently assessed by the city at $880,000.
Lloyd said part of the land would be preserved as green space by a conservation group. A pedestrian trail would be built on the land, connecting Hull Street and Whitehead roads.
Plans show that the project would also include 206 parking spaces, a pavilion, a sports court and a playground. Charlottesville-based Land Planning and Design Associates is handling the site planning.
Lloyd said it’s too soon to estimate the project’s overall cost or when the special-use permit request will be heard by the city’s Planning Commission.
In addition to its townhome projects, Harper’s also been adding to its holdings this year. In June it purchased a 1.7-acre site at the corner of Semmes and Cowardin avenues for just shy of $2 million.
Harper briefly got tied up in the casino sweepstakes, as a 47-acre site it owns along Ingram Avenue was eyed by Wind Creek Hospitality for a casino. That proposal was ultimately eliminated from contention by the city in March.
Harper also recently inked a new tenant in one of its retail properties in Charleys Philly Steaks, which is taking over the former Starbucks space at 1500 W. Broad St.