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Paul Granger 12/21/2016 at 6:09 PM

I was wondering what happened to this. That block would feel so different.

Matt Jarreau 12/21/2016 at 6:46 PM

This is a old rendering of the project. Our current design is much improved!!

John M 12/21/2016 at 7:04 PM

Updated, thanks Matt!

Matt Jarreau 12/21/2016 at 7:56 PM

No problem thank you!

We are also looking for an interesting concept to go here so if anyone knows of a good restaurant please keep this space in mind! We have 1,760SF of interior space and will hopefully have 720 SF of patio space. The building will be done August-October 2017! Stay tuned or call/email anytime.

L 12/21/2016 at 9:14 PM

@ Matt: We NEED Chinese food. Like, desperately. It’s life or death man. (Or maybe Indian, lol).

Stephen J. Popovich
Stephen J. Popovich 12/21/2016 at 10:08 PM

Brunswick stew.

Paul Granger
Paul Granger 12/21/2016 at 10:20 PM

They better serve it there.

Alison Campbell
Alison Campbell 12/21/2016 at 11:21 PM

Im sorry but this stinks!

Union 12/21/2016 at 11:34 PM

Looks great, this would be a great addition to the neighborhood

BAF 12/22/2016 at 2:01 AM

Start work as soon as you can. The block needs it.

Emily Klinedinst
Emily Klinedinst 12/22/2016 at 3:34 AM

This is right by the bus stop across from that big church, right?

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Matt Jarreau 12/22/2016 at 6:41 AM

I’m working on a Thai Place as well as a sushi too concept too. No takers just yet but courting 3-4 concepts.

Sean Stilwell 12/22/2016 at 6:55 AM

I love it. This is on par with infill you’d see in DC. Brick with black windows is a more expensive way to build, but the result is so nice for so long! It’s true commitment to church hill.

Liz 12/22/2016 at 7:56 AM

Allison Campbell, can you expand on your comment?

K 12/22/2016 at 8:00 AM

Brewpub! I’d love to see Ardent come back to the neighborhood! .

K 12/22/2016 at 8:32 AM

Also.. I love that people are walking in the street in this rendering. Makes me truly visualize where this is going

L 12/22/2016 at 9:41 AM

@ Liz, Allison Campbell, CHPN – do you think she means the design stinks? Or doesn’t want a restaurant there? Or what?

L 12/22/2016 at 9:42 AM

Also, anyone have a link to the updated design? This has been through a few rounds of revision, right?

Matt Jarreau 12/22/2016 at 10:12 AM

Ardent back in Church Hill!! What an idea! I’ll add them to the list! Nice one!!!

@Emily Yes this is right across the street from Cedar St Baptist.

@Stephen I’m sorry we don’t do Brunswick Stew parties here anymore! But the lot beside this site will be open for next fall so lets book it now!

@BAF take a picture now cause its going to be fenced up and scraped by January 15th….its been idle too long!!

DontMinceWords 12/22/2016 at 1:20 PM

Eat in/carry out meat/deli, charcutterie, salad joint. Sans preservatives/toxins. Free range-ish. With a schmear of jewish deli tossed in. Ok, I’ll say it. Brooklyn. order up.

JC 12/22/2016 at 3:03 PM

I need Pho in Church Hill, PLEASE!
….but, I would not be upset if Ardent came back.

BAF 12/22/2016 at 9:22 PM

It needs more than just a schmear, Don’tMinceWords. I want Matzo Ball Soup, good corned beef and pastrami. Quality Jewish rye. The whole she-bang,

Or a good diner. Church Hill needs a good diner.

Mary 12/22/2016 at 9:34 PM

Hey, Matt Jarreau…most of us who live in Union Hill are proud of our very distinct neighborhood! How about letting people who are interested in this project know that it’s not in Church Hill.

Matt Jarreau 12/23/2016 at 9:28 AM

@Mary Union Hill heard!!

Shalanté 12/25/2016 at 12:45 PM

What’s with the adamancy of having a distinction between Union Hill and Church Hill?

K 12/26/2016 at 9:42 AM

@26 It’s beyond me. I’ve been in Union Hill for 3 years and still consider it a part of church hill.

crd 12/26/2016 at 11:13 AM

@26 and 27, I was wondering the same thing.

A. 12/26/2016 at 11:51 AM

I grew up in Richmond and we always called that area Church Hill. Gentrification comes and all of a sudden people want to be distinct. What about courting a black restaurant owner like Croaker Spot.

Shalanté 12/26/2016 at 11:58 AM

Yeah, that’s very weird to me. I have to say, though, I’m not really a fan of placing this restaurant here. Cedar Street Baptist has a really deep, rich history and I think it needs to be maintained. This would clutter the area and make it even more difficult for patrons who have been attending this church for years, to get there.

Eric Huffstutler 12/26/2016 at 1:31 PM

It is true, this is considered part of Union Hill. By the National Registry of Historic Places, the 2001-2002 Union Hill Historic District designation (VDHR # 127-0815), this triangle falls just inside Union Hill.

I am for the addition on this vacant lot as long as the architecture flows with the 19th century designs next door and near by per CAR guidelines for new infills.

Jason S. 12/27/2016 at 2:41 PM

Union Hill and Church Hill used to be separated by a ravine that ran down Jefferson Avenue’s current location to the James Rover. When the ravine was filled, the distinction between the two communities became much less pertinent.

John wrote about the seven hills of Richmond back in 2012:

The winning design of the pocket park contest has a lot of good symbolism about the two communities:

Jason S. 12/27/2016 at 2:51 PM

As far as this project, I can personally vouch for Matt Jarreau being a stand up guy.
He’s been working behind the scenes for many years to advance Church Hill’s growth and prosperity.
I definitely trust him to keep the communities in mind, which IMO is evident in him reaching out to civic associations in the area and being active in the CHPN community.
As far as I’m concerned, he and Ernie Chamberlain are the go-to guys for real estate in Church/Union Hill these days. I fully support this project.


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