Nonprofit Junior League moving HQ from Fan to Libbie Mill

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Junior League has spent the past six years near the corner of West Cary and South Robinson streets. (Mike Platania photo)

After six years in the Fan, a local nonprofit is packing up and heading for Libbie Mill. 

Junior League of Richmond is relocating its headquarters to the Penstock Quarter building at 5000 Bakers Mill Lane in Gumenick Properties’ Libbie Mill-Midtown development in Henrico. 

The nonprofit, which dates back nearly 100 years, promotes women’s leadership, volunteerism and community service. It counts over 600 members and has spent the past few years based out of an office at 2605 W. Cary St., right across from The Clothes Rack, a thrift shop it operates to help raise funds. 

Junior League moved to the Fan in 2018 after decades in Monroe Ward. President Quinn Novak said the group’s lease recently expired and it set out to find new home. 

“In searching for a new headquarters, (we) looked for a space that embodied a strong community feel, ensured safety for our members, provided ample parking for our meetings, and provided visibility and accessibility within the community,” Novak said in an email.  

Novak said that the organization has one full-time staffer and one part-timer, and that of its 600-plus members, 223 are active. Junior League is taking about 2,700 square feet in suite 165 of Penstock Quarter, the 327-unit apartment building in the heart of Libbie Mill across from the Libbie Mill Public Library. 

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The nonprofit’s new office will be adjacent to Solidcore at Libbie Mill.

Novak said Junior League is set to complete the move later this month. Harrison Hall and Peter Vick of Colliers International represented the landlord in the lease. Veronica Wiles and Nathan Hughes of Sperity Real Estate Ventures represented Junior League. 

Yellow Umbrella Provisions is also an incoming tenant at Penstock Quarter. With that and the Junior League deal, only two commercial spaces totaling about 3,500 square feet remain unleased at Libbie Mill’s existing buildings. 

The development of Libbie Mill is ongoing, primarily with the 400-unit Harp’s Landing apartment building that’s taking shape nearby. 

With the move, Junior League will once again be neighbors with restaurant Acacia Mid-Town, which used to be next door to the nonprofit at 2601 W. Cary St. but reopened last year at Libbie Mill. 

Acacia’s old space in the Fan was briefly home to ghost kitchen The Coop but has sat vacant for over a year. Junior League’s old office on Cary Street is also now being marketed for lease. 

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Junior League has spent the past six years near the corner of West Cary and South Robinson streets. (Mike Platania photo)

After six years in the Fan, a local nonprofit is packing up and heading for Libbie Mill. 

Junior League of Richmond is relocating its headquarters to the Penstock Quarter building at 5000 Bakers Mill Lane in Gumenick Properties’ Libbie Mill-Midtown development in Henrico. 

The nonprofit, which dates back nearly 100 years, promotes women’s leadership, volunteerism and community service. It counts over 600 members and has spent the past few years based out of an office at 2605 W. Cary St., right across from The Clothes Rack, a thrift shop it operates to help raise funds. 

Junior League moved to the Fan in 2018 after decades in Monroe Ward. President Quinn Novak said the group’s lease recently expired and it set out to find new home. 

“In searching for a new headquarters, (we) looked for a space that embodied a strong community feel, ensured safety for our members, provided ample parking for our meetings, and provided visibility and accessibility within the community,” Novak said in an email.  

Novak said that the organization has one full-time staffer and one part-timer, and that of its 600-plus members, 223 are active. Junior League is taking about 2,700 square feet in suite 165 of Penstock Quarter, the 327-unit apartment building in the heart of Libbie Mill across from the Libbie Mill Public Library. 

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The nonprofit’s new office will be adjacent to Solidcore at Libbie Mill.

Novak said Junior League is set to complete the move later this month. Harrison Hall and Peter Vick of Colliers International represented the landlord in the lease. Veronica Wiles and Nathan Hughes of Sperity Real Estate Ventures represented Junior League. 

Yellow Umbrella Provisions is also an incoming tenant at Penstock Quarter. With that and the Junior League deal, only two commercial spaces totaling about 3,500 square feet remain unleased at Libbie Mill’s existing buildings. 

The development of Libbie Mill is ongoing, primarily with the 400-unit Harp’s Landing apartment building that’s taking shape nearby. 

With the move, Junior League will once again be neighbors with restaurant Acacia Mid-Town, which used to be next door to the nonprofit at 2601 W. Cary St. but reopened last year at Libbie Mill. 

Acacia’s old space in the Fan was briefly home to ghost kitchen The Coop but has sat vacant for over a year. Junior League’s old office on Cary Street is also now being marketed for lease. 

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Barry Greene Jr.
Barry Greene Jr.
1 month ago

I’m a bit worried about this exodus from Cary Street and the Fan as a storefront owner just blocks away. Roastology and now Junior League while maybe didn’t bring foot traffic my way, it’s generally the buildings not being vacant that people still make the trek up towards Carytown by foot.

Maybe something comes in both spaces (The Coop & JL) that maintains the momentum we are trying to build on a stretch that really has the capacity for innovative, exciting things available to the public.