The area around Forest Hill Avenue and Westover Hills Boulevard continues to evolve, as a pair of local developers are looking to replace a vacant bank building in the neighborhood with dozens of apartments.
Daniil Kleyman and Duke Dodson’s Dodson Development Group are planning a three-story mixed-use building at 4701 Forest Hill Ave.
An entity tied to Kleyman and Dodson bought the roughly 1-acre site in November 2022 for $1.2 million. A new building with 40 apartments and around 8,000 square feet of commercial space is planned.
The site is currently home to a vacant 4,000-square-foot Bank of America branch, which was shuttered in 2021 and will be razed to make way for the new building.
The project will be the first in the Forest Hill area for Kleyman, who in recent years has become one of the busier developers in and around Church Hill and Union Hill. Dodson, meanwhile, has turned to focusing more on development after selling off his property management arms last summer.
“It’s a great, established neighborhood but there’s also great momentum here already with new developments,” Kleyman said in an email.
For the new building’s commercial space, Kleyman said it could be split into as many as six suites and that they may follow a script similar to what he did at 2416 Jefferson Ave. in Union Hill, where he and Matt Jarreau filled the commercial spaces of their new mixed-use building with a mix of local restaurant and office users.
“This will be similar: great local businesses the entire neighborhood can get excited about and walk to,” Kleyman said. “We envision one or two (food and beverage) concepts here with the rest being other local neighborhood businesses.”
The project would have 63 parking spaces, and each apartment would have its own outdoor patio or deck, an amenity Kleyman said he’s found to be more in-demand than common area amenities.
Architecture Design Office is the architect on the project, and Sekiv Solutions and ONeil Engineering Services are the engineers. Kleyman said they have not yet selected a general contractor.
Dodson and Kleyman are hoping to break ground sometime in the second half of 2023.
Another of Dodson’s new projects is a partnership with developer Tom Papa on a six-story apartment building in Manchester.