A five-story mixed-use building is being planned to replace a 50-year-old warehouse in Jackson Ward.
Over a dozen apartments plus commercial space would make up the new building at 210 W. Marshall St. It would rise across the street from the Richmond Dairy apartments and a few doors down from the recently-renovated Gallery5 building.
The property’s owner, Gerald F. Ragland Jr. of Alexandria, is seeking to raze the vacant, one-story warehouse. The new building, with 13 apartments above ground-floor commercial space, would go up in its place, city documents show.
Ragland, who couldn’t be reached for comment, purchased the 0.08-acre property for $220,000 in early 2019.
Attorney Jennifer Mullen of Roth Jackson applied on Ragland’s behalf this fall for a special-use permit that would pave the way for the project. Mullen wasn’t available for comment by press time.
In the SUP application, Mullen writes that the project would be in accordance with recommendations in the city’s Richmond 300 master plan.
“This development promotes walkability and connectivity, which is also consistent with the future land use recommendation to increase density and promote engaging ground floor use,” Mullen writes, adding that the project would not include any off-street parking.
Preliminary plans for the project show that the building would total about 14,000 square feet, with about 1,000 of that as retail/gallery space on the ground floor.
The application also notes that, since the property is in the Jackson Ward Historic District, the new building’s design would require a Certificate of Appropriateness from the city’s Commission of Architectural Review before being built.
Architecturefirm, a local designer also based in Jackson Ward, is listed as the project’s architect.
The application was filed in late September. The case is not yet listed on a Planning Commission agenda.
A much higher-density project is in the works a few blocks east along Marshall Street.
Local development firm SNP Properties is working with Philadelphia’s Parkway Corp. on a 12-story mixed-use tower at 200 E. Marshall St. The 250-unit building is planned to rise on a current surface parking lot. Work has not yet begun on that project.