The site of a vacant assisted living facility in the Museum District is being targeted for the highest-density project the neighborhood has seen in recent years.
Georgia-based Flournoy Development Group is planning to build a 6-story, 260-unit apartment building at 3600 Grove Ave., according to plans filed with the city.
The 2.2-acre site is where Windsor Senior Living once operated for years offering assisted living and memory care. The building and business’ owner, Utah-based J. Fisher Cos., halted operations at the facility last year for repairs, while also fielding offers for the property.
It appears the repairs never began, and the property has been left unattended. A notice from the city’s Department of Planning & Development Review dated July 2022 is currently affixed to the building’s door, citing environmental code violations including obstruction of nearby sidewalks due to overgrown weeds.
However, at some point Flournoy came calling. The development group now has the land under contract for purchase and is planning to raze the 60-bed facility for new construction.
Flournoy was founded in 1967 and counts over 230 projects in its portfolio, all of which are in the Southeast and Sun Belt regions. The Windsor project is its first in Richmond.
Flournoy vice president Tom Burr said in an email the company is “thrilled” to have the opportunity to plan and develop a Class A community in the Museum District.
The Grove Avenue project would include 189 one-bedroom units, 59 two-bedrooms and 12 studio apartments. It’s also set to include ground-floor space that could be used as either an amenity for residents or commercial space.
Plans also show a six-story, 390-space parking deck, courtyard, pool and rooftop lounge. Georgia-based Dynamik Design is the project’s architect.
Flournoy is seeking a special-use permit for the project. It is represented in the process by Mark Kronenthal of law firm Roth Jackson, who confirmed Flournoy has the land under contract. The land was most recently assessed by the city at $4.5 million.
Kronenthal said the project is in the early stages and that he and his client are looking forward to working with the city and Museum District Association on it. Included in Flournoy’s SUP application is a traffic impact study conducted by Timmons Group over the summer.
Flournoy’s SUP request is not yet listed on the Planning Commission agenda.
Elsewhere in the Museum District, Richmond-based SNP Properties’ request to redevelop the former Saint Gertrude’s campus at 3215 Stuart Ave. is scheduled to be heard by the Planning Commission at its Oct. 3 meeting. That project would see the former school buildings converted into 39 apartments.