Recent development at a site near Richmond’s northern border could soon be followed by as many as 160 new rooftops.
Lakeside-based StyleCraft Homes is planning a townhome development on about 16 acres at Chamberlayne Road and Wilmer Avenue, beside the post office at the intersection’s southeast corner.
The wooded site, in Henrico County just beyond city limits, is north of Azalea Avenue and across Chamberlayne from Brookhill Azalea Shopping Center.
Plans call for two- and three-story townhomes with floorplans ranging upward from 1,500 square feet. The 160 for-sale units would start in the upper $200,000s, StyleCraft President Richard Kuhn said.
Kuhn said the project has been in the works for several years and results from past deals StyleCraft has done with Clarke Jones, whose Glen Allen-based Jones Realty and Construction Corp. has been marketing the site.
“We’re really excited about the area. Our office is here in Lakeside, so it’s close to us. It’s also within four miles of downtown and two miles of Scott’s Addition,” Kuhn said. “We think this is going to be a continued addition to the demand that we see down in the city.”
Kuhn noted an increase in activity around the site, including the massive Amazon robotics distribution center under construction nearby. In recent years, a 7-Eleven gas station and Family Dollar store were constructed beside the site at Chamberlayne and Azalea.
Driveways for those stores would provide additional access to the townhomes, according to revised plans submitted to the county. Initial plans had a single primary entrance off Chamberlayne.
Such changes were made since a rezoning request for the project was deferred from last month’s Planning Commission meeting. StyleCraft is seeking the rezoning through an entity called RDK Land Holdings LLC.
Hirschler attorney Jeff Geiger is representing the LLC in its request, which goes before the Henrico commission on Thursday. HG Design Studio drew up the site plans.
In addition to the access, other proffered conditions include a mix of building materials, as well as a 35-foot natural buffer along Chamberlayne and a 10-foot buffer along Wilmer.
Each townhome would include either a single- or two-car garage, Kuhn said. Amenities would include a pocket park with walking trails, a dog park, and a gazebo, pavilion or other outdoor gathering area.
Should county approvals go as scheduled, Kuhn said he anticipates development starting next spring and sales getting underway later in 2023. He did not provide a cost estimate for the project.
StyleCraft is under contract to purchase the land from the family of the late Julia Robins, who had owned the property since at least the late 1980s, records show. The two parcels involved, 5211 and 5251 Chamberlayne Road, are assessed at about $701,000 combined.
The townhomes would add to a growing workload for StyleCraft in and around the city. In Scott’s Addition, it’s working with Spy Rock Real Estate Group on a 134-unit condo development at the neighborhood’s northwest corner. It’s also lined up to build 210 townhomes at Westchester Commons in Chesterfield.