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Remodel of Decades Old Apartment Building Finished in Sugar Bottom!

Local developers have finished the remodeling project of a decades-old apartment building in the Sugar Bottom area!  Located at 3005 E. Franklin St., John Humphries, Matt Jarreau and Casey White converted eight units into a dozen upscale apartments and added six new single-family homes!

Click here to read a more in-depth article about the decent development by RichmondBizSense! Click here to read an article we released in 2017 regarding development in Sugar Bottom!

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Renate Duggan Morehouse
Renate Duggan Morehouse
6 months ago

Granted I have only been in RVA a few years but I have never heard of Sugar Bottom.

Gale Bowles Giegerich
Gale Bowles Giegerich
6 months ago

My mother grew up on Church Hill and I went to school there at St. Patrick’s for 12 years. She said that when she lived on CH in the 20s, 30s and 40s that everyone knew to stay away from Sugar Bottom. It was where lots of prostitution took place, hence the name. I drive through there when I go up to the hill now and I hadn’t seen where the houses had been torn down. Must have been a fast project. Or, it’s been longer than I feel that I went through there. Anyway, that’s the story I was… Read more »

William Bagby
William Bagby
6 months ago

Those are the wrong homes you’re showing in this pic. The remodeled apartments is across the street

Telly Keys
Telly Keys
6 months ago
Reply to  William Bagby

William Bagby Thought so.

Dana Bagby
Dana Bagby
6 months ago

What’s the hold-out on those old green apartments? They’d be beautiful if tastefully renovated.

Steven Summerville
Steven Summerville
6 months ago

These are actually pretty nicely done. I remember work being done on these when I was a little kid haha. Also – Sugar Bottom? Any connection to the “sugar pad” at Rockett’s? I.E. – sugar shipments being delivered to Richmond for distribution throughout the state.

MaReesa Dawn
MaReesa Dawn
6 months ago

I have been here 35 years.. never heard of sugar bottom.
Brooooooooo killin me ???

Kiet Vo
Kiet Vo
6 months ago
Reply to  William Bagby

What?! William Bagby thank you for saying. We’re headed over right now to fix this. My fault, sorry folks!

Jay Mass
Jay Mass
6 months ago

The name Sugar Bottom been around for years. They tried to bury the name because of the history.

Jay Mass
Jay Mass
6 months ago
Reply to  MaReesa Dawn

nawh… been named Sugar bottom since before i was a youth

Church Hill People's News
Church Hill People's News
6 months ago
Reply to  William Bagby

Should be good now!

Althea Hinds-Catlett
Althea Hinds-Catlett
6 months ago

I love that name, “Sugar Bottom!” 🙂

Leon Buckminster Lewis
Leon Buckminster Lewis
6 months ago

Steve Sehika holy….

Leon Buckminster Lewis
Leon Buckminster Lewis
6 months ago

They say they’re $1150 now, isn’t that double what they were?

Elizabeth Doyas Steen
Elizabeth Doyas Steen
6 months ago

Better than the old name of Bloody Run due to the dueling grounds being in that area. Also might be a site of an Indian battle with John Smith.

Allen Reynolds
Allen Reynolds
6 months ago

Althea Hinds-Catlett love the name. H8 the history

Althea Hinds-Catlett
Althea Hinds-Catlett
6 months ago

Allen Reynolds I don’t know about the history…will look it up. Thanks.

Jameson Guinness
Jameson Guinness
6 months ago

Althea Hinds-Catlett well, it’s better than Bloody Bottom (which it has been called) or Bloody Run (which it was named after an Indian massacre).

Althea Hinds-Catlett
Althea Hinds-Catlett
6 months ago

Jameson Guinness Ohhhh…Sad. Why was it renamed to “Sugar Bottom?”

Gene Baskette
Gene Baskette
6 months ago

That place was a mess for years, glad to see it has been remodeled!

Jameson Guinness
Jameson Guinness
6 months ago

Althea Hinds-Catlett born and raised in Richmond and my family has been in the area since 1609 and I can’t answer that!

Althea Hinds-Catlett
Althea Hinds-Catlett
6 months ago

Jameson Guinness Possibly to seer those that don’t know away from the horror of it being the site of a massacre?

Jameson Guinness
Jameson Guinness
6 months ago

Althea Hinds-Catlett as good an explanation as any.

Jameson Guinness
Jameson Guinness
6 months ago

Mark, want to weigh in about “Sugar Bottom?” I can do the ghosts of the tunnel in my sleep but I don’t remember the story of Sugar Bottom.

Dana C. Kuchem
Dana C. Kuchem
6 months ago

According to this article “Tucked between Libby Hill and Chimborazo Park, Sugar Bottom is known as one of Richmond’s red-light districts during the Civil War era.” Maybe that’s where the “sugar” comes from? https://richmondbizsense.com/2020/01/07/remodeled-apartments-round-out-sugar-bottom/

Sarah Robinett Grant
Sarah Robinett Grant
6 months ago

Its the old red light district

Althea Hinds-Catlett
Althea Hinds-Catlett
6 months ago

Sarah Ohhhh. Thanks for the clarification. 🙂

Rachel Woolwine Davis
Rachel Woolwine Davis
6 months ago

Way to go Matt Jarreau!!

David Darnell
David Darnell
6 months ago

Glad to see this but out of character for Church Hill

Lee Thomas
Lee Thomas
6 months ago

To the writer: I intend this to be helpful, so please don’t take this the wrong way. The headline for this article doesn’t seem to work, grammatically. I’m not sure if it’s technically correct, but it makes it sound as if the renovation has been going on for decades, when the intent was to say that the building was decades old. I suspect the stumbling block here was that you were looking for a positive way of describing the project, and didn’t want to use words like “crumbling,” “slum,” or “decrepit.” But you probably also felt like you couldn’t describe… Read more »

Freda Green-Bolling
Freda Green-Bolling
6 months ago

I rode by there yesterday…to see for myself. Thanks for sharing!

Kiet Vo
Kiet Vo
6 months ago

Of course :). Thank you for reading and commenting!

Juliellen Sarver
Juliellen Sarver
6 months ago

There used to be several riverfront warehouses in the Rocketts area of Fulton. Rocketts was the name of the community where Stone Brewing is now, not the the current Rocketts Landing area. One of those warehouses was used mainly for sugar used in the tobacco/cigarette industry. That might have had something to do with the name of Sugar Bottom originally.

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