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New houses and more in the works for Sugar Bottom

Jonathan Spiers at Richmond BizSense has a good look at what’s up with the new houses in Sugar Bottom and what else is planned for the area:

The first new homes to be built in decades in the neighborhood’s Sugar Bottom area have been sold and are now occupied, with more on the way.

The three modern-style row houses at the foot of East Franklin Street, just downhill from North 29th Street in a valley between Libby Hill Park and Chimborazo Park, are the first of several residential projects planned for Sugar Bottom, an area known historically as one of Richmond’s Civil War-era red light districts.

The block of houses and apartments down the hill from Libby and across from the eastern end of the Church Hill Train Tunnel was the site of a triple homicide in 1994 (“Richmond’s worst year”).

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So plain, with no curb appeal. Just for the builder make more money.

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Very nice. In keeping with the historic style of the area, but without being “faux” historic. Beats the heck out of the modern, boxy apartments that were built not too far away.

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Henry – I don’t think you understand how much cost is involved with building especially in the city (we learned the hard way). Curb appeal and interesting styles cost a lot of money. I personally enjoy seeing new developments pop up because it means people are working, businesses are growing and people are affording new futures.

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Agree with SA Chaplin, they look clean without being boxy. A cleaner design almost always looks better than a design that has been micro-managed to look more historical. Credit to the architect and architectural review for making these look older from afar while clearly looking new closer up.

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What the hell is sugar bottom?

Erik Akers
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Is this a tribute to Queens "fat bottom girls" b/c that would rule

John Murden Jr.
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A little area down from Libby Hill. Was a Civil War era red light district.

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I’m not sure how best to word this, but: These houses are shaped like traditional row houses – but row houses are supposed to have a style or decorative scheme of some sort. Although these houses have some of the functional/decorative components of the historic homes in the area, these functional components (Water table/cornice, bulkhead/endwalls, porches) are stripped of any decorative aspects, and there are no purely decorative elements on the homes at all. Consequently, they look boring and a bit cheap, especially compared to other homes in the neighborhood. Which is unfortunate, considering buyers paid $400k or more for… Read more »

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I agree with Henry. They’re plain and boring, but since this is a hot area, they’re surely sell. Even at that bloated price.

Christopher S. Ficke
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Huh, Sugar Bottom. That used to be my stage name.

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I like your style Erik.