$3M land buy clears way for 234-unit apartment building in Innsbrook

A rendering of the Silver Hills at Innsbrook apartments’ main entry near a planned roundabout. (Courtesy of Henrico County)

As it plans a major mixed-use development across the street, Innsbrook’s biggest landlord has unloaded a vacant parcel at the business park’s northern end in a deal that opens the door to hundreds of new apartments.

An entity that includes Highwoods Properties last month sold the 3.3-acre lot at 10945 Nuckols Road to an entity tied to Edwards Communities, which is planning a 250,000-square-foot multiuse building there with Silver Hills Development, also out of Ohio.

The property was purchased for $2.95 million in a deal that closed July 30. The undeveloped parcel, at the southeast corner of Nuckols and Sadler roads, most recently was assessed by Henrico County at $1.07 million. The selling entity,  Nuckols Corner Land LLC, purchased the property in 2008 for $1.2 million in a multi-parcel sale.

The 3.3-acre site at 10945 Nuckols Road sold to an entity tied to Edwards Communities for $2.95 million. (Mike Platania photo)

The four- and five-story Silver Hills building will include 234 apartments, 5,600 square feet of ground-level retail space, nearly 5,000 square feet of office space and a 370-space parking deck. The apartment count is reduced from initial plans that called for 252 units.

A development plan for the project was approved last fall, and the land sale was contingent on that approval, said Jane DuFrane, market lead for Highwoods’ Richmond division.

DuFrane said site work for Silver Hills will start in early September. She said the parking deck would be constructed first, with the apartments and retail and office space built around it.

Called Silver Hills at Innsbrook, the project is one of two that Silver Hills Development is actively working on in the region. It’s also working with the International Mission Board on a 263-unit apartment complex on land beside the group’s headquarters in Richmond.

The apartments as they would appear along Nuckols Road. (Images courtesy of Henrico County)

As with that project, Silver Hills and Edwards are working with Ohio-based Dimit Architects on the Innsbrook apartments. Richmond-based Kimley-Horn is handling engineering, and Lighting Virginia’s Chesterfield office also is involved in the Innsbrook project.

Edwards, which has developed multifamily properties in Ohio, Denver and in Louisville, Kentucky, works with Newport News-based Drucker + Falk for property management. Nathan Shor of S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co. represented Edwards in the transaction.

Attempts to reach Edwards and Silver Hills for comment were unsuccessful.

Plans show the parking deck would rise five stories and total about 114,000 square feet. The deck would be closer to the adjacent U.S. post office on Sadler Place, while the apartments would fill the rest of the site facing Sadler Road, Nuckols and Highwoods Parkway. Plans also show a traffic circle would be installed at Sadler Road and Highwoods Parkway.

Building elevations show how ground-level retail would be worked in below the apartments.

The plans show the building would vary between four and five levels, with four levels of apartments above the ground-floor retail space. Apartments would have balconies, and the building’s exterior would have varying facades.

The plans indicate that 158 of the apartments will be one-bedroom and studio units, three would be three-bedroom, and the rest would be two-bedroom floorplans. Sizes would range from about 570 square feet for the studios to nearly 1,400 square feet for the three-bedrooms. Rental ranges are not specified on the plans.

The project adds to an influx of apartment development that’s getting underway across Innsbrook. Earlier this year, Robinson Development Group started work on its Metropolis at Innsbrook development, planned for 700 apartments and 13,000 square feet of commercial and amenity space on a 14-acre site between Dominion Boulevard and Sadler Road.

A site plan, reoriented with Nuckols Road at the bottom, shows courtyards within the apartments and the corner parking deck.

Meanwhile, Highwoods is seeking approval of its plan for a massive mixed-use development on 34 acres at Nuckols Road and Interstate 295, catty corner across Nuckols from the Silver Hills site. A rezoning request for the project is set to go before the Henrico Planning Commission Thursday after being deferred last month.

Also before the Planning Commission this month is Lingerfelt Development’s proposal to add nearly 1,400 apartments and structured parking across five office building properties it owns in Innsbrook. Planning staff is recommending deferral to address issues related to mixture of uses, appearance and impacts on public infrastructure and services.

Correction: The seller in the deal was Nuckols Corner Land LLC, an entity that includes Highwoods Properties. An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Highwoods as the seller.

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Brian Glass
Brian Glass
2 months ago

Developers, and the County have to be aware of too much first floor retail with upcoming apartment projects in Innsbrook.

Lilly MacKenzie
Lilly MacKenzie
2 months ago

Acres and acres of tar and cement…Henrico County and developers can’t stand to leave a parcel of land wooded and undeveloped. Traffic out of Innsbrook at every egress is already a nightmare. I fail to see how a traffic circle at the intersection in question will remedy that. Condolences to the residents of Sadler Woods who have fought this development tooth and nail for years. Apparently, money is the only thing that talks when dealing with Henrico County.

Lee Gaskins
Lee Gaskins
2 months ago

Could not agree more. Henrico is allowing far too many apartments/mulit-family dwelling structures. I saw a bumper sticker that said: Don’t NOVA my RVA. I’m afraid that ship has sailed. County leadership is overly focused on taxes, development and name recognition.

Roger Turner
Roger Turner
2 months ago

This lot is basically at the intersection of two four lane divided roads (Cox and Nuckols) and is less and a quarter mile off the exit of a major interstate. This is not exactly rural farmland, I don’t see how anyone would expect that this lot not be developed when 90% of the area around it is densely developed. From a landowners point of view the county would have to have some very solid reasons not to allow development when they have been pushing the urban infill zoning in Innsbrook to keep the area vibrant and relevant in changing times.… Read more »