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CAR has full slate of new construction and rehab projects this month

The agenda for Tuesday, October 25, 2016 meeting of the Commission of Architectural Review includes a number of local projects:

  • 2423 E. Grace St. – Remove eastern handrail on 1st story of the rear porch and install lattice to the height of 5′-10″.
  • 512 N. 29th St. – Rehabilitate the existing home to include replacing vinyl siding with fiber cement siding, painting, and installing a new front door.
  • 700 N. 27th St. – Construct a garage, a pergola, a deck, and an addition to an existing structure; repaint the existing structure; and replace the existing fences.
  • 970-972 Pink St. – Rehabilitate the existing structure and construct a two story rear addition.
  • 705 N. 23rd St. – Rehabilitate the existing structure to include painting and replacement of all windows.
  • 2432-2438 Venable St. – Demolish a small retaining wall, grade lot, construct a block wall, and paint over an existing mural with red brick colored paint.
  • 720 Jessamine St. – Construct a new duplex.
  • 3005-3007 E. Franklin St. – Rehabilitate a multifamily building and construct a new multifamily building.
  • 2107 Cedar St. – Rehabilitate an existing structure to include new windows, doors, siding, and roof and construct a two story addition and deck at the rear.
  • 604 N. 22nd St. – Construct a garage at the rear of the property.
  • 3112 E. Marshall St. – Construct a new three story single family dwelling.


970-972 Pink Street
970-972 Pink Street


3112 East Marshall Street
3112 East Marshall Street


720 Jessamine Street
720 Jessamine Street


2107 Cedar Street
2107 Cedar Street

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Lee 10/15/2016 at 8:35 PM

The house on cedar street is pretty interesting inside. One of the interior walls is the original, exterior wall of the house next door (wood siding and all, and next to the bathtub! So quirky!). I really hope I’ll get to see the finished product!

wobobee 10/18/2016 at 11:14 AM

The plans for 700 N. 27th St. are a travesty! That house is an aesthetic anchor for both M and 27th Streets. In general, Church Hill is being overrun by retirees that are too lazy and/or extravagant to live within the limitations of an old house. But USA Today told them this is the cool place to be… so, instead of moving to Short Dump, where they belong, they tack two-car garages and additions onto the beautiful antebellum properties that define our neighborhood.

chpn 10/18/2016 at 12:18 PM

UPDATED image for 2107 Cedar Street screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-12-15-12-pm

Kathleen 10/18/2016 at 1:21 PM

Sorry whoever, but 3 stories at 3112 E Marshall is too tall. Maybe an English basement with 2 stories but 3 stories outright is awkward looking even in this rendering.

WarGibFA 10/18/2016 at 4:54 PM

@2- While I agree with you on the lack of aesthetic appeal of that particular building, how is retirees moving in a bad thing? They raise property values, have money to spend, and generally are around to raise hell when people litter/turn houses into a hand-painted political billboard/go around trying car door handles.

All hail our new retiree overlords! 😉

Neighbor 10/21/2016 at 11:27 AM

@2 I have to politely disagree. I am excited for these new neighbors and think the design looks fine.

BAF 10/22/2016 at 1:59 AM

@2, As someone who built a two car garage behind my house on 25th in 2012, I did it because I wanted to live up here and I wanted to protect my vehicle and my belongings from the elements and from vandalism/theft. I am not sure why that desire is incompatible with living in Church Hill. It certainly has no visual impact from the curb since it is alley-facing.

33chicks 10/30/2016 at 4:58 PM

I was not in town to attend the CAR meeting, but I understand that 700 N 27th St passed. What a crying shame! It is sad, sad, sad, that the buyers had in mind modern additions to this very significant antebellum house. For over 150 years owners have preserved the aesthetic, historic, and architectural integrity of this home, one of the jewels in Richmond’s and Church Hill’s crown. I cannot imagine people of intelligence, taste, and conscience desecrating a house in both Historic designations. And then there is the failure of CAR to have the b—s to make this a case for preservation.

allthechicks 10/30/2016 at 5:23 PM

Looks wonderful to me. I appreciate the clear differentiation between the historic and modern. Also glad that these grand houses in our neighborhood are seeing fresh interest and are not treated as museum pieces.

Sean Stilwell 10/30/2016 at 7:58 PM

While we’re at it, Church Hill should be a strictly horse and buggy community!! These streets went 70-100 years without cars destroying them… Don’t get me started on the indoor plumbing!

BAF 10/31/2016 at 12:54 AM


Is it that they preserved it or they didn’t have the money to what they would have if they DID have it.

Annonymous 10/31/2016 at 8:48 AM

Ok, so in regards to the house plans at 700 N 27th. If you have ever even once sat through a CAR meeting you would know that there is no way that addition and garage getting approved. Any new construction in the CAR district (including additions) has to mimic the historic timeframe that the home is set in, so a modern addition and garage won’t fly. Also, any construction that can be viewed from public roadways (house sits on a corner) would have to have all of the surrounding neighbors approval and I doubt most of them would approve it. Furthermore, that materials they are proposing are not allowed for additions etc. example: Hardiplank can only be used on new ground up construction for continuity unless an area of the home cannot be viewed by public right away. Just because they put a request in with CAR to do the change, doesn’t mean it will be approved. Another thing to note is that CAR can’t tell you not to do something to your property, but they can put a lien on the home so you can’t sell it until it is changed back to an approved state. So additions would be hard to do that to, but simple paint color, etc. could be done.

chpn 10/31/2016 at 9:11 AM

From Marianne Pitts re 700 N 27th:

The project was approved with the following conditions: the new masonry elements remain unpainted; the existing wooden fence be maintained and repaired or replaced in-kind; the addition and garage be clad in smooth, shiplap siding; the new door to the deck be a single door aligned with the window above; and existing historic material including windows and doors removed to facilitate the addition be maintained onsite.

Please let me know if you need any additional information.


Marianne Pitts
Planning and Preservation Division
Department of Planning and Development Review

33chicks 10/31/2016 at 1:12 PM

Marianne Pitts what do mean windows and doors be maintained on site? Used in the addition? Stored safely in case of later reversal of construction? Please clarify.

mary 10/31/2016 at 3:20 PM

CAR, October 25, 2016
Meeting Summary (only east end applications)
Approval of minutes deferred but they will be available, written as well as audio, on the city CAR site, once approved
Input regarding approval of two mid-century buildings for the National Register will be coming before CAR in the near future
Consent Agenda – Approved
970-972 Pink Street (moved from Regular Agenda)
Regular Agenda
2423 E. Grace – deferred; no applicant
512 N. 29th St – approved with staff recommendations
700 N. 27th St – approved with staff recommendations
705 N. 23rd St – deferred until sale is final and application can apply to new owner/applicant
2432-2438 Venable St – approved with staff recommendations
720 Jessamine St – approved with staff recommendations
3005-3007 E. Franklin St – approved with staff recommendations
2107 Cedar St – approved with staff recommendations
604 N. 22nd St – approved with staff recommendations
Note: staff recommendations are part of the staff report for each application and are available before each scheduled meeting
Conceptual Review
3112 E. Marshall St – suggestions from commission


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