Home sales start at ‘Landmark’ in Sandston; solar-powered apartments on Chamberlayne break ground

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Developer Doug Godsey, right, and Varina Supervisor Tyrone Nelson shake hands after cutting the ribbon on Landmark’s first phase during a ceremony Thursday. (Jonathan Spiers photos)

Ceremonies Thursday on opposite ends of Henrico marked the start of home sales at a massive development near Sandston and construction of a solar-powered apartment complex near Northside.

County Manager John Vithoulkas and Varina District Supervisor and Board Chairman Tyrone Nelson were on hand for a ribbon-cutting for Landmark, a 100-acre, 400-home development by Varina-based Godsey Properties along Williamsburg Road between Sandston and Interstate 295.

Reston-based Ryan Homes is building those homes, as well as nearly 500 more planned next door at Gateway at Landmark, an extension project that Godsey also is developing on about 50 acres beside the interstate.

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First batches of townhomes have been built at Landmark’s initial phases.

Development has wrapped up for Landmark’s initial two phases, and Ryan has built the first batches of townhomes that are priced starting in the upper $200,000s. Sales started a couple months ago, and representatives said the company has sold 38 of the townhomes so far, with one buyer moved in so far.

Godsey said development is getting underway for Landmark’s third phase and the first section of Gateway, which is planned for 484 condos and about a dozen detached homes. Landmark is planned for 355 townhomes and 41 detached homes, along with amenities including an amphitheater, pavilion and pickleball and tennis courts that will also be open to Gateway residents.

Landmark is to include commercial development, including a Wawa, fast-food restaurants and potentially a hotel. Godsey said he’s aiming to land a grocery store, and he’s seeking county approval for about 360 apartments for so-called “active adult” residents aged 55 and up.

Of the additional housing in Henrico’s eastern end, Godsey said Thursday: “It’s a huge need out here, and nobody’s filled that void. We’re trying to.”

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Officials toss the dirt in Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony for Helios Apartments.

Earlier in the day, in the county’s Azalea area, officials joined Spy Rock Real Estate Group’s Andrew Basham and Taylor Williams and Crescent Development’s Zac Frederick for a groundbreaking ceremony for Helios Apartments, a 186-unit solar-powered complex set to rise at the former Days Inn of Richmond site at 5701 Chamberlayne Road, near the Chamberlayne-I-95 interchange.

Construction on the income-restricted apartments is scheduled to wrap up in mid- to late-2025. The apartments will be fully powered by adjacent solar field panels included in the project, which Frederick has described as rare for the Richmond market.

The project also involves low-income housing tax credits and will consist of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments ranging in size from about 650 to 1,200 square feet targeted to households earning 60 percent of the area median income.

Vithoulkas, the county manager, and Fairfield District Supervisor Roscoe Cooper were among those in attendance for the ceremony.

Henrico officials rounded out the day with a ribbon-cutting for a public restroom facility at Four Mile Creek Park along the Virginia Capital Trail. The new-construction building also includes a drinking fountain and bike racks for VCT riders. The restroom facility was approved in March 2023 at the park at 3256 New Market Road, which acts as a trailhead for the 51.7-mile VCT.

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Developer Doug Godsey, right, and Varina Supervisor Tyrone Nelson shake hands after cutting the ribbon on Landmark’s first phase during a ceremony Thursday. (Jonathan Spiers photos)

Ceremonies Thursday on opposite ends of Henrico marked the start of home sales at a massive development near Sandston and construction of a solar-powered apartment complex near Northside.

County Manager John Vithoulkas and Varina District Supervisor and Board Chairman Tyrone Nelson were on hand for a ribbon-cutting for Landmark, a 100-acre, 400-home development by Varina-based Godsey Properties along Williamsburg Road between Sandston and Interstate 295.

Reston-based Ryan Homes is building those homes, as well as nearly 500 more planned next door at Gateway at Landmark, an extension project that Godsey also is developing on about 50 acres beside the interstate.

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First batches of townhomes have been built at Landmark’s initial phases.

Development has wrapped up for Landmark’s initial two phases, and Ryan has built the first batches of townhomes that are priced starting in the upper $200,000s. Sales started a couple months ago, and representatives said the company has sold 38 of the townhomes so far, with one buyer moved in so far.

Godsey said development is getting underway for Landmark’s third phase and the first section of Gateway, which is planned for 484 condos and about a dozen detached homes. Landmark is planned for 355 townhomes and 41 detached homes, along with amenities including an amphitheater, pavilion and pickleball and tennis courts that will also be open to Gateway residents.

Landmark is to include commercial development, including a Wawa, fast-food restaurants and potentially a hotel. Godsey said he’s aiming to land a grocery store, and he’s seeking county approval for about 360 apartments for so-called “active adult” residents aged 55 and up.

Of the additional housing in Henrico’s eastern end, Godsey said Thursday: “It’s a huge need out here, and nobody’s filled that void. We’re trying to.”

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Officials toss the dirt in Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony for Helios Apartments.

Earlier in the day, in the county’s Azalea area, officials joined Spy Rock Real Estate Group’s Andrew Basham and Taylor Williams and Crescent Development’s Zac Frederick for a groundbreaking ceremony for Helios Apartments, a 186-unit solar-powered complex set to rise at the former Days Inn of Richmond site at 5701 Chamberlayne Road, near the Chamberlayne-I-95 interchange.

Construction on the income-restricted apartments is scheduled to wrap up in mid- to late-2025. The apartments will be fully powered by adjacent solar field panels included in the project, which Frederick has described as rare for the Richmond market.

The project also involves low-income housing tax credits and will consist of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments ranging in size from about 650 to 1,200 square feet targeted to households earning 60 percent of the area median income.

Vithoulkas, the county manager, and Fairfield District Supervisor Roscoe Cooper were among those in attendance for the ceremony.

Henrico officials rounded out the day with a ribbon-cutting for a public restroom facility at Four Mile Creek Park along the Virginia Capital Trail. The new-construction building also includes a drinking fountain and bike racks for VCT riders. The restroom facility was approved in March 2023 at the park at 3256 New Market Road, which acts as a trailhead for the 51.7-mile VCT.

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