A performing arts and innovation building, a new dorm, an athletics village, and other academic buildings are planned to be funded between 2022 and 2028.
The university bought the 0.15-acre parcel for $183,000 but James River Distillery will lease the space and keep operating for at least two years.
The 24,000-square-foot school building will have facilities for students to learn independent living skills, a sensory library, a healthcare suite and observation areas.
The four-story, 410-bed housing complex will be overhauled for the first time since it was built in 2003.
The four-story, 133,000-square-foot addition features an Innovation Maker Facility as well as interdisciplinary labs, a career services center and a cafe.
The health-conscious eatery also has an outpost in Short Pump but most of the chain’s locations are in New York.
New office, retail and residential buildings with thousands of apartments are in the works across the region despite the pandemic.
The university is planning an athletics village that may include a fieldhouse, tennis center and a baseball stadium for the Rams and Flying Squirrels.
Happy Palette offers art classes for children and a place for them to be social during the pandemic.
“For the Black community, it can be hard to take full advantage of programming that is targeted at you but is run by people who don’t look like you,” said Jackson Ward Collective co-founder Rasheeda Creighton.