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Libby Hill Apartment Project Closer to Realization

Jonathan Spiers from Richmond BizSense reports:

“A years-in-the-making apartment building planned near the foot of Libby Hill is inching closer to construction, with a new developer signed on to see the project through.

Conceptual plans for a five-story complex at the corner of East Main and Pear streets have been submitted to the city, though those plans could be modified as a result of a pending deal between the site’s current owner, Shockoe Bottom-based Historic Housing, and Guy Blundon of CMB Development…

The conceptual plans submitted to the city include preliminary designs by Salomonsky’s SWA Architects that show a five-story building on the Main Street side with structured parking underneath as the property slopes down toward the river.

The plans call for a total of 144 units and 134 parking spaces, with a pool deck on the river side and a 4,000-square-foot commons building with fitness center and laundry room. Proffers included with last year’s rezoning required a minimum of one parking space and one window per apartment, and a building façade predominantly made of glass and brick.

Salomonsky said the design and five-story height came about through discussions with city planning staff and Church Hill’s neighborhood association, which wanted to preserve views of the river from the top of Libby Hill. He said Blundon has likewise met with the association and plans to maintain the general design.

“I’m very happy with what was created,” Salomonsky said. “Guy Blundon loves it too, and we’re delighted he’s stepping in.”

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5 comments

E 07/18/2018 at 2:07 PM

The new plans are ugly. It looks like just another generic apartment building where you can hear your neighbor through paper thin walls. And it looks like 10 residents will be without parking places? Maybe they will alter that in accordance with last year’s rezoning proffers.

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Tim Parker 07/19/2018 at 8:48 AM

@E
We should be pushing for LOOSER parking regulations. Let the market decide if there needs to be parking spaces. The bottom can be a very walkable and livable area for people without cars. No need to provide parking for people without cars.

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Metzler Derek 07/21/2018 at 4:25 PM

Parking is important. We are a small business that owns a property on 25th street that relies on street parking. The city needs to keep in mind that city businesses need parking. If rich developers are allowed to get by with less parking while they pocket their millions, it is the rest of us that have the consequences.

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Mark 07/22/2018 at 9:20 AM

Just tear it all down, one dollar at a time. Take the money and run, wohoo. Very sad when the city continues to favor the large over the small that made this city. Be careful what you wish for, might not be what you hope. Yes those individuals @ 900 East Broad are surely looking out for us.

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