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300 new homes proposed for old Armstrong location

January 6, 2015 7:59 am by

The Planning Commission met yesterday and considered a few local items, but with minutes not yet available it is unclear if many of these were approved or not, though all were recommended to be approved by staff.

  • To declare a public necessity for and to authorize the acquisition of the parcel of real property owned by the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority and known as 5001 Williamsburg Avenue for the purpose of establishing a new public park to be named Historic Fulton Memorial Park.
  • To authorize the special use of the properties known as 1734 North 28th Street, 1736 North 28th Street and a portion of 1738 North 28th Street for the purpose of authorizing up to six single-family detached dwelling units, upon certain terms and conditions.
  • Section 17.05 Review of an installation of a decorative fountain at 1921 Princess Anne Avenue
  • Resolution of the Richmond City Planning Commission approving a preliminary community unit plan permitting the development of a residential community not to exceed three hundred (300) dwelling units on approximately 21.76 acres of land located at 1501 and 1611 North 31st Street, upon certain terms and conditions.

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As Todd Waldo reported back in July, the redevelopment of the 21.76 acres of the old Armstrong site is a key first piece of the North Church Hill Revitalization process.

The new community will be replacement housing for Creighton Court, and will be mixed income, with market rate, work force, and low-income housing. One goal of the development is to have 50 of the houses be owner-occupied.

The proposed development would consist of a maximum of 300 units, open space and a community center. The units would be configured as single-family and multifamily dwellings.

The proposed Preliminary Community Unit Plan (CUP) would require a minimum of 50 single-family dwellings and set a maximum 250 multi-family dwelling units to be developed on the properties. The multifamily would be configured in three different building types; apartment buildings (max of 2 buildings and 110 units), stacked flats (max of 43 buildings and 86 units) and townhouses (minimum of 54, maximum of 80 buildings and units). The stacked flats and townhouses would be designed to have the appearance of being single-family dwellings.

The preliminary plan will next go before City Council, perhaps as soon as next month. The approval process is being accelerated at least in part due to a March deadline to apply for federal low-income housing tax credits.

Graham Moomaw has a write-up on the decision making and response to the plan at richmond.com.

Audio from the meeting and supporting documents are available on the city’s site.

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Old Armstrong development area

Old Armstrong development area

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Housing mix site plan

Housing mix site plan

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Streetscape

Streetscape

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Streetscape

Streetscape


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