With 100-plus apartments already in the works and an additional mixed-use building planned across the street, Daniil Kleyman is putting the pieces in place for what he describes as an eastern gateway into Church Hill.
The Richmond developer is looking to complement the pair of mixed-use buildings he’s already planning at Government Road and Glenwood Avenue with another three-story building on the east side of Glenwood, beside the Citgo gas station and Quik Stop convenience store down the hill from Chimborazo Park.
The additional building, at 4000 Government Road, would fill a vacant half-acre lot with 31 apartments and a 1,700-square-foot commercial storefront. The L-shaped building would front the intersection with a parking lot behind it and feature a similar look to the apartments planned across the street, which were likewise designed by Architecture Design Office.
Those apartments, now planned to total 129 units, are currently in development plan review with the city. Kleyman said the additional building across the street can likewise be built by-right under existing zoning, but he’s seeking a special-use permit to position the building closer to the street than the zoning allows.
The Richmond Planning Commission on Monday supported the request after deferring it last month. It now goes to the City Council for a final vote Nov. 14.
Kleyman purchased the half-acre lot in April 2020 for $142,000, property records show. The city had assessed the property then at $84,000, and the assessment is set to go up to $122,000 next year.
With the purchase, Kleyman controls the entire northern side of the intersection, setting the stage for a mixed-use hub that he said would create an eastern entrance to the neighborhoods up the hill.
“This is a direct complement to the mixed-use project across the street and will have a very similar look architecturally,” Kleyman said. “The two developments will form up a gateway into Church Hill through Glenwood Avenue.”
The building’s apartments would consist of 18 one-bedroom and 13 two-bedroom units ranging in size from about 660 to 1,100 square feet. The apartments would be market rate, with rents ranging from $1,450 to $1,750 a month, according to Kleyman’s SUP application.
The parking lot would consist of at least 31 spaces and 12 bicycle spaces with access off Glenwood Avenue via an existing alley. The ground-floor commercial space on the building’s corner would front the intersection. Kleyman said he doesn’t have a user lined up for the space.
“As with other projects, we’ll look to put something in there that will be a great amenity to our tenants and the neighborhood,” he said.
Kleyman put the development cost at $6 million. He said construction would start once the two buildings across the street are completed.
Kleyman has estimated that larger project at $20 million with an 18-month buildout. He said he’d hoped to start construction on that project this year but is still working to finalize financing.
Those apartments are adjacent to the 82-unit Glenwood Ridge Apartments, which South Carolina-based developer James Doran Co. completed in 2020. The 4000 Government Road lot, in addition to the Citgo, is adjacent to a line of single-family homes along the east side of Glenwood Avenue.
The city has received at least one letter from a neighboring property owner opposing the 4000 Government Road project. The Church Hill Central Civic Association requested the deferral last month to allow time to address concerns.
Baker Development Resources is representing Kleyman in his SUP request. In addition to ADO, project team members include O’Neil Engineering Services and Kine Vue Consulting, which are also involved in the project across the street. Kleyman said he’s lined up a general contractor for 4000 Government but hasn’t finalized a contract.
Meanwhile, Kleyman’s gateway dreams could grow with another development he’s planning up Glenwood Avenue on a 5-acre tract he purchased last year. Kleyman said plans for that property are in the early stages but has described the site as suitable for market-rate multifamily units or a combination of rental units and for-sale housing with a commercial component.
Also nearby, a new home for the Richmond Police Mounted Unit is planned on city-owned land at Crestview Road and 39th Street. A campaign to raise funds for the facility remains underway.
Kleyman’s other work in the area includes the triangular mixed-use building he developed with Matt Jarreau along Jefferson Avenue. He also developed a 14-unit apartment project at 30th and Q streets, and he’s planning a nine-home infill development at 26th and Leigh streets as part of a renovation of the Bowler Retirement Community.