Nearly a year after its sanctuary building was reborn as a food hall, the redevelopment of the former Bon Air Baptist Church site in western Henrico is continuing.
Beside the Ukrop’s Market Hall that now fills the former church building at Patterson Avenue and Horsepen Road, work has started on a second phase of the site’s redevelopment that will add a 15,000-square-foot medical office building between the food hall and the neighboring Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad.
The one-story brick building will complete the development, called Sunset Hills Square, replacing other church buildings that were razed after the project was approved with the food hall in 2019.
Rob Lanphear’s Pivot Development is leading the project for Muds Associates LLP, an entity tied to Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods that purchased the property from the church for $1.8 million. Bon Air Baptist remains active with two other campuses across the river.
A separate entity from the business, the LLP shares the same office address and consists of a group that includes Ukrop family members.
Lanphear said the building will be divided into three tenant spaces: a 10,000-square-foot space, and two at about 2,500 square feet each. He said two of the three spaces are already spoken for. He said he could not yet name the tenants signed on. The Ukrops are handling leasing in-house.
Following site prep and drainage work, construction is scheduled to go vertical later this month or in early September, Lanphear said. Completion is anticipated by the middle of next year.
Lanphear declined to provide a development cost for the first or second phases. Shoosmith Construction is the contractor on the medical office building, which will share a total of 124 parking spaces with the food hall.
While construction is underway, the food hall’s Horsepen entrance will be closed to traffic, leaving the site accessible only from Patterson westbound through the fall. Work will include repositioning the Horsepen access on adjacent property owned by Henrico County so it aligns with Normandy Drive across the street.
Henrico also is conducting a study of potential pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements along the Horsepen corridor. A public comment period for the study, which covers Horsepen and Glenside Drive between Forest and Patterson avenues, closed earlier this month.
510 Architects is the designer on Sunset Hills Square, and Koontz Bryant Johnson Williams is the engineer on the project. The firms also were involved in the conversion of the 6,300-square-foot food hall building.
The development is just west and across Patterson from Village Shopping Center, where the Ukrop’s chain of supermarkets once had a location, now filled by a Publix. Since the grocery chain was sold in 2010, the family brand has continued with Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, which is headquartered near Broad Street and Staples Mill Road.