Saint Gertrude apartment conversion, 7-story apartment building in Scott’s Addition get City Council approval

A special-use permit was approved for Blackwood Development’s planned 7-story apartment building at 1701 Roseneath Road. (BizSense file photo)

Two local development firms got the city green light this week for their respective projects in the Museum District and Scott’s Addition.

The Richmond City Council voted Monday night to approve special-use permits for Blackwood Development’s planned 7-story apartment building at 1701 Roseneath Road in Scott’s Addition, as well SNP Properties’ planned conversion of the former Saint Gertrude High School campus at 3215 Stuart Ave. into 39 apartments.

Blackwood’s apartment project is set to rise on Richmond Machinery & Equipment Co.’s current headquarters along Roseneath Road between Norfolk and Rockbridge streets.

In addition to 244 apartments, Blackwood’s apartment building would include 4,000 square feet of commercial space. The project needed an SUP because the 1.2-acre parcel’s zoning allows only five stories.

Blackwood partner Nolen Blackwood said the firm is glad to have the SUP approved.

A rendering of the planned renovation of Saint Gertrude High School into apartments. (City documents)

“We’re just humming along,” Blackwood said. “That whole area is rocking and rolling.”

Blackwood said they’re scheduled to close on the land in March 2023 and aim to break ground shortly after. The project is being designed by 510 Architects. Blackwood said they haven’t selected a general contractor yet.

Meanwhile, about a mile south, SNP is now cleared to redevelop the former Saint Gertrude’s campus.

When Saint Gertrude’s relocated to Benedictine College Prep’s Goochland campus in 2021, it left its 69,000-square-foot building in the Museum District vacant. Earlier this year, SNP swooped in and put it under contract.

The old school building is planned to be retained while the interior is converted into apartments, which Fultz & Singh Architects is designing. SNP is also planning a pair of new-construction townhomes along Tilden Street on the parcel’s western end.

SNP’s Eric Phipps wasn’t available for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Both projects will span about a half-block in their respective neighborhoods. Both SUPs were approved as part of the City Council’s consent agenda.

A special-use permit was approved for Blackwood Development’s planned 7-story apartment building at 1701 Roseneath Road. (BizSense file photo)

Two local development firms got the city green light this week for their respective projects in the Museum District and Scott’s Addition.

The Richmond City Council voted Monday night to approve special-use permits for Blackwood Development’s planned 7-story apartment building at 1701 Roseneath Road in Scott’s Addition, as well SNP Properties’ planned conversion of the former Saint Gertrude High School campus at 3215 Stuart Ave. into 39 apartments.

Blackwood’s apartment project is set to rise on Richmond Machinery & Equipment Co.’s current headquarters along Roseneath Road between Norfolk and Rockbridge streets.

In addition to 244 apartments, Blackwood’s apartment building would include 4,000 square feet of commercial space. The project needed an SUP because the 1.2-acre parcel’s zoning allows only five stories.

Blackwood partner Nolen Blackwood said the firm is glad to have the SUP approved.

A rendering of the planned renovation of Saint Gertrude High School into apartments. (City documents)

“We’re just humming along,” Blackwood said. “That whole area is rocking and rolling.”

Blackwood said they’re scheduled to close on the land in March 2023 and aim to break ground shortly after. The project is being designed by 510 Architects. Blackwood said they haven’t selected a general contractor yet.

Meanwhile, about a mile south, SNP is now cleared to redevelop the former Saint Gertrude’s campus.

When Saint Gertrude’s relocated to Benedictine College Prep’s Goochland campus in 2021, it left its 69,000-square-foot building in the Museum District vacant. Earlier this year, SNP swooped in and put it under contract.

The old school building is planned to be retained while the interior is converted into apartments, which Fultz & Singh Architects is designing. SNP is also planning a pair of new-construction townhomes along Tilden Street on the parcel’s western end.

SNP’s Eric Phipps wasn’t available for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Both projects will span about a half-block in their respective neighborhoods. Both SUPs were approved as part of the City Council’s consent agenda.

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Bruce Milam
Bruce Milam
1 month ago

St. Gertrude’s is a neighbor and as sad as the loss of the school was to the community Its good to see it repurposed for more new neighbors. SNP is a credited local developer. Blackwood is “rocking and rolling” as well with new projects appearing all over Richmond. More continues to be better for both firms.

Boz Boschen
Boz Boschen
1 month ago
Reply to  Bruce Milam

SNP also did a good job of bringing their early concept to the neighbors and sharing it for feedback. All too often when developers follow the standard SUP process through the city, the immediate neighbors can be among the last to find out about the plan.