As construction on an apartment complex continues nearby, another site along Villa Park Drive in Henrico County appears slated for development, though its user remains a mystery.
Plans filed with the county show that a distribution warehouse is in the works at 8020 Villa Park Drive, a 9-acre wooded tract between the Villa Park I building that houses Labcorp and the former Colortree printing plant that’s now home to Moore-owned Richmond Print Group.
Referred to in plans as “Project Nourish,” the new warehouse appears to be designed for a food-based user, though no specific tenant is identified in the documents. An exterior rendering shows signage with the word “grocer” on the building, and a project description states that the building would include “warehousing for food products and a commercial kitchen.”
The description clarifies that the kitchen would not be associated with a restaurant use, and the plans show that the warehouse would include a cooler and freezer. The building also would house administrative offices.
Totaling 124,000 square feet, the two-story building would be accessed via an existing driveway that serves Richmond Print Group and the nearby Brown Distributing facility. The warehouse would include rear-side truck bays, and parking lots totaling 184 spaces would wrap around the front and side of the building.
The plans were drawn up by engineering firm Timmons Group, which is working with the property owner, Bill and Alice Goodwin’s Commonwealth Foundation for Cancer Research. The charitable organization was gifted the property last July by previous owner Riverstone Properties, Bill Goodwin’s real estate firm.
Riverstone’s Chris Corrada, who is listed on the plans, said he couldn’t comment on the project. The plans list Hourigan as the developer and Baskervill as the architect.
Online records show that Riverstone had owned the property since at least 2001. The county has assessed the land at $830,700.
The building would be comparable in size to Brown Distributing’s 117,000-square-foot facility, and would fall between its immediate neighbors. Richmond Print Group’s facility totals 142,000 square feet, while Villa Park I is 76,000 square feet.
Project Nourish would add to other new development along Villa Park Drive. Closer to its intersection with Brook Road, North Carolina-based Rehab Builders is constructing the 84-unit Brook Villas apartments for Texas-based developer Mark Dana Corp.
The warehouse also would join other distribution facilities in the works in the region, including an $80 million, 325,000-square-foot facility Performance Food Group is building at Cardinal Commerce Center in Hanover County.
Riverstone Properties, meanwhile, is also preparing for development of its portion of GreenCity, the massive arena-anchored project in the works about a half-mile from Villa Park Drive.
I must have missed the press release on the Commonwealth Foundation, directed by Richmond’s Jeff Galanti, which I understand is the most heavily endowed cancer research institute in the nation (the world?). I believe its goal is to act as a conduit and coordinator for research worldwide, encouraging collaboration for scientists to win the war against this horrible and relentless enemy. Apparently this location might be the central point of contact in this fight?
The “Project Nourish” moniker makes me think this is associated with Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, especially since they’re redeveloping a portion of their warehouse space on Maywill Street in Westwood and their tagline is “Nourishing families since 1937.” Just a hunch!
Secrecy and lime green…makes me think Amazon.
The building is for “Feed More”
Sounds like distribution for future Amazon Fresh Grocery locations.