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Nine new houses for 29th Street this summer

New houses coming to 29th Street:

The Mills at Beckstoffers is coming soon! 9 single family attached homes with a modern design offering 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 or 3 levels and rooftop terraces will be built at the 1200 block of N. 29th Street starting late summer. Join us as we unveil this exciting new design and all of its wonderful features and amenities.

An information meeting will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Sarah Garland Jones Center at 2600 Nine Mile Road.

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28 comments

Debra Miller 04/06/2017 at 11:24 AM

Not long before a Chipotle and a Panera invade. Enjoy Church Hill now while it lasts.

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Liz O 04/06/2017 at 12:38 PM

Will these be homes be sold or new rental properties?

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Holly 04/06/2017 at 12:46 PM

Love modern architecture; dislike the design for this neighborhood.

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John M 04/06/2017 at 12:55 PM

@Liz – for sale

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mary 04/06/2017 at 12:59 PM

The current president of BHC sat in my living room during a meeting of Union Hill residents (discussing what the coalition had planned for our neighborhood) and told us straight up that its project along Venable and Jessamine Streets would be the last project that BHC would do in the city’s east end.

This type of “misstatement” proved to be quite typical of BHC which, when called on such a “misstatement,” claimed never to have made the statement in the first place.

My guess is that some BHC rep will claim, if asked, that certainly the coalition president never made such a statement – even though there were like 15 Union Hill residents in the room that heard her.

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HW 04/06/2017 at 1:01 PM

@1 while i’d love both, i don’t see. Sure you have Jim’s and the J. Sarge project in the offing but what else? really need to 25th to densify at street level through there to give this some lift.

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Mary Field 04/06/2017 at 1:51 PM

Glad they are for sale. Hope this allows more of our great young neighbors to buy homes and stay in the neighborhood.
Mary Field

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urbngrilla 04/06/2017 at 2:24 PM

WTF BHC???!!! While you were force-feeding the crappy Citadel of Hope project down our throats in Union Hill, you lied to us! Greta Harris, CEO of BHC was very clear when she said “our focus is no longer in the first time home buyer in the East End.”

We begged and pleaded with BHC to have at least some element of home ownership in the Citadel/Venable Street project–much like Jefferson Mews. Instead, they insisted that 100% rental on the 52 apartments was the best they could do.

Damn it! Take note fellow Richmonders–don’t trust anything BHC says during the course of neighborhood negotiations. They are no longer the guys in the white hats for our fragile communities. They are just like every other greedy devloper who will say anything to get their way.

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miguel 04/06/2017 at 2:41 PM

@5

why do you care if BHC is building single family homes in church hill?

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Liz O 04/06/2017 at 3:54 PM

Glad BHC is giving residents a chance to build equity with home ownership in this development! I wonder if they’ve gone to CAR with this design before having a potential buyer presentation? All these homes will be within the Church Hill North O&H District. It would be really disappointing to see BHC to repeat its mistake of not getting CAR input before investing in the design of new construction.

http://www.richmondgov.com/CommissionArchitecturalReview/#NatMaps

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David Conmy 04/06/2017 at 4:13 PM

For what it’s worth, I believe the Beckstoffer’s development has been a long-term plan of BHC’s to occur over a longer period of time. If my memory serves me well, the overall development plan – which included plans for infill single-family development such as what is described above – is not fully built out.

This article in the RTD from 2008 does a pretty good job of summarizing the entire multi-phase development and includes what I think is a reference to the units discussed in this most recent article on CHPN: http://www.richmond.com/business/new-life-in-church-hill/article_b48ccb3f-46eb-513e-b33e-d0928872f852.html

Basically, I think it would be unfair to say that BHC made a misstatement to Union Hill residents. Again, this has always been a long-term, multi-phase development that the community was engaged in nearly 10-years ago.

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miguel 04/06/2017 at 4:13 PM

@10

it’s in a national historic district, but not a city old and historic district so I don’t think CAR has any real sway

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Urbanist 04/06/2017 at 4:15 PM

@10
looks like its in the National historic district, but not the City’s. No CAR needed

Definitely different for the neighborhood, but I think will make an interesting addition and complete the look of the Beckstoffers development

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Hill Runner 04/06/2017 at 4:25 PM

@10 It looks like they will be north of the O&H district, but within the National Historic District. I believe that exempts them from CAR.

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Liz O 04/06/2017 at 5:16 PM

@12,13,14 Y’all are correct; apologies for my misreading.

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mary 04/06/2017 at 5:44 PM

#9 – I don’t if BHC is building single family homes in ‘church hill.’

I do care that BHC does not work well with residents, is aggressively authorotarian, and routinely tells people things that are not true.

Apparently these characteristics of the coalition don’t bother a lot of people.

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Neighbor 04/07/2017 at 9:06 AM

Property rights are a wonderful thing. Stop trying to tell people how, when, and where to invest their money.

For all of you that are against increasing the quality of housing, increasing the tax base, and preserving the poverty status of the area why not put your money where your moth is and buy up these properties and let them rot like so many other properties in the community.

Then we will only have new apartment complexes that meet the whims of your height requirements, affordable housing that is only built if the developer installs every amenity your progressive heart desires, or is approved by a gaggle of residents who think they can control your property rights.

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Mike 04/07/2017 at 6:48 PM

I like new houses.

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BAF 04/08/2017 at 10:55 PM

@17…couldn’t say it better myself. If people want things their way, their money is the way to make it happen. It’s really pretty simple when it comes to how this should work. If the law permits it, then that’s it. If you need a variance, you have to jump through the hoops. Assuming BHC doesn’t need a variance, then drill, baby, drill. Reducing poverty and increasing individual equity in the neighborhood is a good thing, or so I always believed.

And I, like @18-Mike, also like new houses. Well, even more broadly, I like things that improve the individual equity and family-level investment in the neighborhood.

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