There’s a new head of the hive at a Scott’s Addition cidery.
Blue Bee Cider’s property at 1320 Summit Ave. has sold for $2.9 million. City records list the new owner as an entity tied to Tucker Brown of Richmond.
The deal comes as the nearly 10-year-old cidery is preparing to go on a “winter hiatus” beginning Dec. 24.
Blue Bee owner Courtney Mailey, who was the seller for the real estate, said she’s negotiating a deal with two of her employees to sell them the business, and that if they’re able to reach an agreement with the new property owner, the cidery would resume operations in February or March, albeit on a smaller scale.
Brown’s attorney, Victor Shaheen II of Shaheen Law Firm, said his client declined to comment at this time.
Though Brown’s exact plans for the property remain under wraps, a hint was given earlier this fall when Shaheen filed documents with the city that proposed a variety of uses for the site including a distillery, restaurant, bakery and market.
The sale of the 0.35-acre property, which was most recently assessed by the city at $1.6 million, closed on Dec. 9. Thalhimer’s Gregg Beck represented Mailey in the deal.
The buildings on Blue Bee’s property were constructed in 1940 and are made from cobblestones that once lined the city’s streets. The city used the buildings as horse and mule stables for years before selling the property to Mailey in 2016 for $395,000.
Another cidery in Scott’s Addition was on the other side of the negotiating table this year, as Buskey Cider bought its building at 2910 W. Leigh St. for $716,000.
This is such a unique property. Courtney has set the bar very high for the new potential owners. I only hope they keep the buildings intact with their existing character. It is a true jewel for the SA area.
At least at first blush, it seems that the property will be in good hands. I also hope there are minimal physical changes. It’s a unique and shimmering gem in the middle of one of Richmond’s hottest, fastest-growing neighborhoods. Fortunate are all current and future residents in Scott’s (as well as many visitors!) to have such a wonderful and special place to enjoy food and drink down the road.
Why did the City of Richmond sell it to her for such a low price? She made $2.5 million in just six years at tax payers’ expense. Y’all paid her $400,000 a year.
And the public schools can’t afford toilet paper.
She’s a smart woman. Maybe a woman should run the City 😉
Lee, Fully agreed on both points. To your second point, I offer two words: Maritza Pechin.
I think this was addressed when Biz published the proposed sale earlier. The property is down the block from mine. It had been vacant since I purchased in 1994 and I expect owner’s put close to $1M or more to renovate. It’s prior use was housing for police horses and hadn’t been functional for at least 30 years.
Because that’s what an unimproved horse shelter was worth at the time
no it wasn’t. I know of 10 groups, including one I was involved with, willing to pay more.
Were you going to preserve the buildings? I think part of the reason she won the right to purchase was what she planned to do with the site.