An out-of-town developer’s vision for a full city block in Manchester is taking shape.
Last week, The Beach Co. filed plans for a six-story mixed-use building to replace the Thurston Spring Services facility at 326 W. Seventh St.
The South Carolina-based firm had filed some initial documents with the city for the 2-acre Seventh Street site earlier this year, but details were scant at the time.
Plans show an O-shaped building is planned to include 263 apartments. The center of the building will house a courtyard and pool, with other amenities including a rooftop lounge, gym and 900-square-foot coworking space. A 311-space, podium-style parking deck is also part of the plan.
The building’s commercial space would total about 7,000 square feet and primarily front Seventh Street.
Glave & Holmes Architecture is the project’s architect and Timmons Group is its engineer. A general contractor has not been selected.
Tim Cotter, Beach Co.’s development manager, said this week that he can’t comment much on the project beyond confirming that they’re still pursuing the site.
Thurston Spring Services, a suspension-focused auto shop, has owned the land since at least the 1970s, city property records show. Their land was most recently assessed at a combined $2.4 million.
The project would be the second in Richmond for Beach Co., joining the 221-unit project that’s under construction at 700 Semmes adjacent to the Thurston land. That project is set to welcome its first residents in spring 2023.
While The Beach Co.’s project is planned to rise to the south of Legend Brewing Co., another major project is in the works for a plot to the north of the brewery, as Avery Hall Investments is looking to build a pair of 16- and 17-story apartment towers at 301 W. Sixth St. The Brooklyn-based firm paid a record-setting $6 million per acre for that riverfront land.