Continuing a push beyond the borders of its Scott’s Addition stomping grounds, Spy Rock Real Estate Group is stepping across the city line to bring the region’s apartment boom to Henrico’s Westwood area.
The local developer, which is based and most active in and around Scott’s Addition, has filed plans with the county for a five-story apartment building at 2001 Dabney Road, an almost 2½-acre site just north of Westwood Avenue.
Currently home to a 65,000-square-foot industrial building, the site on the east side of Dabney is near Topgolf and around the corner from The Ella, Spy Rock’s multibuilding mixed-use development along Broad Street.
Plans call for replacing the industrial building, previously a Service Tire Truck Center, with a structure that would include 245 apartments, 3,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and an attached parking deck with 307 spaces.
The apartments would include 154 one-bedroom units, 76 two-bedrooms and 15 three-bedrooms. The apartments would wrap around a central courtyard and a second exterior courtyard fronting Dabney, with other amenities including a pet spa and a rooftop deck.
Poole & Poole Architects is designing the project, and Timmons Group is handling engineering. Preston Lloyd with Williams Mullen is representing Spy Rock in its request for a provisional-use permit to allow the project.
Lloyd deferred comment on the project to Spy Rock principal Andrew Basham, who could not be reached Friday.
The request was slated to go before the Henrico Planning Commission last week, but was deferred to the Feb. 10 meeting. A county report says planning staff wants additional detail regarding site and landscaping design, and could support the request if more information is also provided regarding the county’s fire and site access requirements.
County property records show the site is currently owned by Cobb LLC, a Henrico-based entity that bought it in 2001 for $1.65 million. The county has assessed the property at $1.6 million.
The project would be Spy Rock’s second in Henrico and first in the Westwood area, a transitioning industrial district that the county is positioning as its own version of Scott’s Addition. The county has created a redevelopment overlay district for the area that allows multifamily development on nonresidential-zoned properties with a provisional-use permit and a master plan.
Also in the county, Spy Rock is working with Crescent Development on a 580-home development at the former Henrico Plaza Shopping Center on Mechanicsville Turnpike.
In Scott’s Addition, where its projects have included the Symbol mixed-use development and The Preserve apartments, Spy Rock is going after the neighborhood’s condo market with a 134-unit project that’s in the works.
Led by Basham and co-founder Taylor Williams, the firm also closed out 2021 with a pair of deals totaling nearly $17 million, including the Greendale Railing complex at 2031 Westwood Ave.