The former Dogtown Dance Theatre building will be converted into the permanent home of Studio Two Three, which will relocate from Scott’s Addition.
Ettrick Landing will rise on land that was formerly occupied by the Ettrick Elementary School annex, previously known as Dupuy Elementary.
The deal gives the nonprofit some extra cash to cover the increased costs of its day-to-day operations and construction at its campus.
The new 12,000-square-foot, two-story building will be called Pioneer Hall and will serve the autism nonprofit’s adult day services program and employment academy.
The 45,000-square-foot building, which has a 650-seat theater, a couple smaller studio stages, and a 450-seat banquet hall, will be home to the nonprofit’s Children’s Theatre.
It isn’t clear whether the lot could factor into Bill Goodwin’s plan to demolish the neighboring Second Baptist Church building.
Lynx Ventures and the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust are behind the project, which would consist of 240 apartments and 15 for-sale units targeted to lower-income households.
The botanical gardens struck a deal to purchase the neighboring Lakeside Baptist Church, which will add six acres to the garden’s 82-acre campus.
CEO Greta Harris called Winchester Forest one of BHC’s “COVID babies” that got caught up with supply chain issues and cost increases fueled by the pandemic.
“It was like twisting ourselves into a pretzel to ensure that all of those resources would go forward,” Better Housing Coalition’s Greta Harris said of the deal with Virginia Supportive Housing.