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Would love to see that project happen, that area of Grace is already going crazy with restaurants and I would love to see some more commercial/residential/retail. Also my company works with Price a lot and I would love to do some electrical design work on a highrise. Fingers crossed! 

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3 hours ago, wrldcoupe4 said:

 

The proposed development would include a minimum of 800 structured parking spaces, 28,000 s.f. of ground level retail, as well as a minimum of 372,000 s.f. of residential / commercial space.

This is awesome news! Hopefully more will be added to make this building taller. However even with this, I wouldn't expect it to be under 20 stories unless they plan on the tower encompassing most of the block.

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That is such a dead spot and would be great to get it filled in.  

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Awesome!  With the elevation of this area being higher than the CBD and if this development generates a 20+-story tower, this could be the making of a signature tower for Richmond.  This could get interesting folks!

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This proposed project along with the new General Assembly Building, GA parking deck, new development in the 300 block of east Broad, and conversion of 501 E Franklin to a Moxy Hotel will greatly enhance this area of downtown, particularly when coupled with the store front development along Grace Street.

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I really hope that they include street level retail.  If that base is all parking, it reminds me of the James Monroe building, which just kills the possibility for any chance of life in that part of downtown.  Nobody wants to live near walls of concrete so nobody is going to build high density housing near walls of concrete.

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1 hour ago, changingskyline said:

I'm hoping this beautiful old parking garage will not be torn down. It's on the southwest corner of the block and I'm not seeing it in the renderings. I assume that those renderings are not final designs. 

I have actually been wondering if they are incorporating the garage.  The old bus transfer station plans included reutilizing the garage and both overhead shot renderings on the website display an equivalent sized structure with a rounded element on the roof, much like the current garage's car ramp.  I am not sure what to think of what appear to be glass curtains, though they are also rough sketches.

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Well, it's official!  Just came out in the RTD. Not a whole lot of information in the announcement, but I like the sound of an 18 story tower at that elevation in the city. You'll be able to see it from a distance for sure. They said their plans are still in flux...maybe something taller?! :P

http://m.richmond.com/news/article_489d7143-2937-5668-8818-0b7f3f6c6b09.html?mode=jqm_gal

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1 minute ago, eandslee said:

Well, it's official!  Just came out in the RTD. Not a whole lot of information in the announcement, but I like the sound of an 18 story tower at that elevation in the city. You'll be able to see it from a distance for sure. They said their plans are still in flux...maybe something taller?! :P

http://m.richmond.com/news/article_489d7143-2937-5668-8818-0b7f3f6c6b09.html?mode=jqm_gal

think we posted at the same time - this one up on the hill will stand tall.

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Should I go ahead and add this to the development map as a blue (aka proposed) project? I think I'll go ahead and do that now, though it's seemingly in its embryonic stages.

Edit: added. Time to change this blue to purple, pronto.

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28 minutes ago, eandslee said:

Well, it's official!  Just came out in the RTD. Not a whole lot of information in the announcement, but I like the sound of an 18 story tower at that elevation in the city. You'll be able to see it from a distance for sure. They said their plans are still in flux...maybe something taller?! :P

http://m.richmond.com/news/article_489d7143-2937-5668-8818-0b7f3f6c6b09.html?mode=jqm_gal

Given the elevation, that lot calls for more than eighteen stories -- how about thirty

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24 minutes ago, Wahoo 07 said:

Given the elevation, that lot calls for more than eighteen stories -- how about thirty

Now we're talking!!!  Sure wish Centennial Towers were built (at about 20-30 stories), but since they weren't built, surely this one could reach 30 stories in just one tower!

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The location of this site sits right behind the 10-story (I think that's right) Verizon Tower from the south point of view. This new project has to be taller than that building to even be seen, so they might as well build it really tall!

 

also, I got to thinking about all of the newly proposed residential towers:

- City Center

- The tower formally called Suntrust tower

- The two 16-story towers in Manchester

That's a lot of new proposed residences.  Now it's a matter of who is going to build first to get the market share!  Someone better get on it!

 

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2 minutes ago, eandslee said:

The location of this site sits right behind the 10-story (I think that's right) Verizon Tower from the south point of view. This new project has to be taller than that building to even be seen, so they might as well build it really tall!

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That's a lot of new proposed residences.  Now it's a matter of who is going to build first to get the market share!  Someone better get on it!

 

Would be nice, but I think you answer your wish here. Concerns about market depth bring the size down. 

http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/plan-emerges-for-a-residential-tower-on-grace-street/Content?oid=2383188

 “It’s a contemporary building,” says Robert P. Englander Jr. of CathFord Consulting. He touts outdoor accessibility of the planned residential spaces, “which we think is missing in the urban core today.”

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46 minutes ago, wrldcoupe4 said:

Would be nice, but I think you answer your wish here. Concerns about market depth bring the size down. 

http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/plan-emerges-for-a-residential-tower-on-grace-street/Content?oid=2383188

 “It’s a contemporary building,” says Robert P. Englander Jr. of CathFord Consulting. He touts outdoor accessibility of the planned residential spaces, “which we think is missing in the urban core today.”

Great article!  We glean some very important information from this:

- could include a hotel (very good for height)

- 5 stories worth of parking (deck) on top of the retail

- retail to face N sixth and Grace St

- parking and retail have to be complete in 20 months

- could be one or two towers (I bet if two towers = shorter height)

- they are keeping the Art Deco facade of the parking deck

- must cost at least $86M or more

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Parking and retail in 20 months, rest in 5 years.  Wonder if that's 5 years after the parking, retail part?  In either case, projects take so long, at this rate and my age I can expect about 4 more buildings before my life's end.  I'm joking but want some of these high rise housing projects to get off the ground, sooner than later.  Note: I read the RTD article more closely and it's an estimated 5 year total for completion, not 5 years added onto the 20 months. Would like it to say 3 years....

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BizSense with some additional details on the project:

http://richmondbizsense.com/2016/12/06/86m-tower-eyed-for-e-grace/

Englander said the project would likely be built in phases, with the parking deck and retail forming a “podium” upon which the residential and commercial uses would be built in a subsequent phase. He said the project could involve a hotel component with 100-150 rooms, as well as a restaurant and garden terrace amenity on top of the base parking structure.

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6 hours ago, wrldcoupe4 said:

BizSense with some additional details on the project:

http://richmondbizsense.com/2016/12/06/86m-tower-eyed-for-e-grace/

Englander said the project would likely be built in phases, with the parking deck and retail forming a “podium” upon which the residential and commercial uses would be built in a subsequent phase. He said the project could involve a hotel component with 100-150 rooms, as well as a restaurant and garden terrace amenity on top of the base parking structure.

This hotel component could drive up the height. I think it's in a great place for a hotel given that it sits in the shadow of the convention center. You can never have enough hotels near convention centers. 

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