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Alex
Alex
8 years ago

No more apartments please. We need some retail now.

Are all the thousands of loft apartments already booked up? We’ve got to be getting close to saturation by now.

C
C
8 years ago

Hi – I live next to this nightmare and it is another attempt by this developer to make build an INAPPROPRIATE building on Church Hill – to my knowledge there are pretty much no buildings above the 2-story (35-ft) limit on Church Hill beyond schools, churches, theaters, the old WRVA building, the monastery, etc. This would tower over our houses on Princess Anne and Jefferson park and be visible from the highway and all of downtown on the far side of Shockoe Valley. The developer has said previously that he cannot make money if he doesn’t build a project that… Read more »

charlie
charlie
8 years ago

@C – This building isn’t in Church Hill, it’s in Shockoe Valley. It will be right next to an apartment building of the same size, and there are several others in the immediate area (Cold Storage, the old Armor building, etc).

Would this be taller than Jefferson Park? That would be a real problem.

C
C
8 years ago

Apologies to all – I erred largely in the location of where I thought this was – I believed it was in the apartments behind my property. I apologize for my mistake and jumping the gun on that and I thought this was the same developer who attempted to build the previous building up here – I thought this was a new version of that but now I realize it is below the park – which is very different and more in keeping with that area even though I would look over it every day, at least it would not… Read more »

Elaine Odell
Elaine Odell
8 years ago

John, thanks for posting this. To all: keep in mind that CAR’s purview is the design/appearance of the structure. Not the density, not the parking. The lot is zoned for a multi-family structure if the developer wants to build it. Building height. CAR does have a say on that. There are many folks who are concerned about the building exceeding the top edge of Jefferson Park. We already see the top floor of 2001 E. Broad Street above the top edge of the park and that is a long block away from the hillside. The 180-degree view from Jefferson Park… Read more »

kathryn
kathryn
8 years ago

Sigh – another huge building to block the once-awesome view of the city (and train station) from the school. Oh well, that’s progress. I do agree with #1 – mixed use would be the best use. Get a coffee shop in there!

Mark_H
Mark_H
8 years ago

Speaking of Marshall Street development, does anyone know what’s going on at Marshall and 27th? Commercial building on the northwest corner is being renovated.

Brett
Brett
8 years ago

Sterile, big and stupid. Gimme a break. All the vacant retail spots round there need to be filled. Daddy needs some socks.

BAC
BAC
8 years ago

I’m not against development on this site, and honestly right now the vacant lot is pretty ugly. We should all recognize good design though and demand only the best for the area. In this case there are obvious signs the architect has made an effort to fit in with surrounding buildings…the facade is not completely flat but undulates and is broken down into smaller modules. What is lacking however, is the experience of the pedestrian at the sidewalk. Architects are often guilty of creating images for purposes of presentations which display views that will never be seen or experienced. In… Read more »

Bret
Bret
8 years ago

Can they ask them do a conceptual rendering of what the view before and after would be like from Jefferson Park?

JD
JD
8 years ago

More density in this area of the city is good, folks! Increased density will support public transportation and result in more retail options. Things I like about the proposed development: -No visible on-site surface parking -The undulating facade -I think it will blend well with 2001 E. Broad and the apartments located across Cedar Street -Judging by the elevations, I doubt the viewshed from Jefferson Park will be disturbed -The layout of the proposed buidling is much better than the awkward layout of the recently constructed apartment building across Cedar Street As long as the building materials are of a… Read more »

Eric Huffstutler
Eric Huffstutler
8 years ago

Just what we need ANOTHER bland looking apartment/condo building. How many have gone up within the past 2 years alone? Doesn’t anyone buy houses any longer? We have plenty to choose from! And can anyone say that Richmond’s population, especially close to downtown, has boomed that much?

JD
JD
8 years ago

I also love the rooftop garden concept!

Elaine Odell
Elaine Odell
8 years ago

@10, yes, one of the emails that was sent to CAR from neighbors has requested a “massing” study that should indicate the height of the rooftop (protrusions like HVAC units and any other roof top structures included) in relationship to the top of the hill.

Folks, please send you concerns (or praise) about this project to the secretary of CAR, Catherine.Easterling@Richmondgov.com, before the Wed Dec 14 meeting.

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