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Reading that the potential developer specializes in this type of building kind of puts the mind to ease.  I like the chances of this one happening. 

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Great project, however, I’m not too keen on it being the same height as the Berkshire Apartments right next to it. Maybe the setback zoning that’s currently in place could encourage the developers to redesign and build a bit taller.  Either way, this would make one less surface parking lot in the city, so that’s always a plus!

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Excellent news. I'll always complain and say it should be taller, but hey, it's been relatively pretty slow in terms of development news the last few weeks and I'll take what I can get! 

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While I'd love for it to be taller as well, I'm thrilled! This goes into the "BOOOOM!!!! HOME RUN!!!!" category as far as I'm concerned. Good reputable developer - great location - AND -- if you recall from one of the other threads, the 321 W. Grace parcel was one of the ones included in the change-up of parking requirements because the city was leaning in the direction of highrise residential development. Wonder if that means the other two parcels in the 100 block W. Grace may ALSO see some highrise residential buildings ready to sprout?

Like mushrooms after a summer thunderstorm - let those highrises keep sprouting!! 

VERY good news indeed!

BTW whw53 - thank you for creating the new separate sub forum for Monroe Ward/City Center. I've a feeling that this may be the focal point of a LOT of downtown development activity over the next decade. We should all stay tuned to this part of town.

OK - I'm praying that I'll get that mini-Manhattan I've been wanting my whole life! BRING ON THE HIGH RISES!!!!

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Was just about to post the same.  104-108 W Grace is a massive lot, so I am intrigued to see what get's proposed there.    109 W Grace St is comparable to 321 W Grace St, so hopefully whatever gets built there is also comparable.

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2 hours ago, RVA-Is-The-Best said:

15 stories sets a great precedent for future potential development in Monroe Ward. I can't remember the last time an all residential building that tall got built, Vista on the James in 2007?

Really exciting news and a pleasant surprise in this pandemic economy. 

That is the last I can think of and then there was Brandt Hall a few years prior.  I still hate that Riverside on the James was dropped from 14 to 10.  We do have a 14-story topped out across the river and if the Broad/Lombardy goes through at 12 stories (plus new Gladding Hall also at 12) we may have some nice momentum slowly shifting up in height.

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7 hours ago, Icetera said:

That is the last I can think of and then there was Brandt Hall a few years prior.  I still hate that Riverside on the James was dropped from 14 to 10.  We do have a 14-story topped out across the river and if the Broad/Lombardy goes through at 12 stories (plus new Gladding Hall also at 12) we may have some nice momentum slowly shifting up in height.

Right - Brandt Hall is somewhere in the 18-20 story range isn't it? Indeed, the Gladdings rebuild added some nice height on the VCU campus as well - and here's hoping that the 12-story beauty at Lombardy and Broad gets underway and soon! A LOT of projects are rising in Manchester and Scott's Addition - maybe Monroe Ward and City Center are about to join the boom party! What is really impressing me the most is that almost ALL of the new highrise construction in Richmond (save a few specific projects) is residential. THAT'S what the bigger cities did years ago - suddenly taller, denser, bigger residential buildings began sprouting up all over in specific parts of town -- and that helped feed a cycle of rapid population growth. Since Richmond doesn't have it's own Mecklinburg County it can just gobble up like Charlotte did - it will have to do it the old fashioned way - build it vertically!!

If all these highrises come to pass - and more are added in the coming years -- can you envision what Richmond will look like in 5 or 10 years? WOW!!!!

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Nice write up from Ed Slipek on the current state of downtown - mostly chit chat with store owners and the like but also a nice picture of the Centennial Terrace project under construction and some shout out to other projects in the area as well as his general commentary on different parts of downtown.  The author mentions the Stumpf Flats on Main project is complete so I will move this from orange to green on the map. Found the marketing website for that project - looks swanky! https://www.stumpfflats.com/. Technically a few blocks east from what is considered City Center but article discussion is about downtown in general. May repost to master development thread.

 

Style Weekly - 

Concrete Purgatory 

The financial district limps along as employees and visitors rarely venture downtown. Local business owners tell us what it’s like.

https://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/concrete-purgatory/Content?oid=16470123

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5 hours ago, whw53 said:

Nice write up from Ed Slipek on the current state of downtown - mostly chit chat with store owners and the like but also a nice picture of the Centennial Terrace project under construction and some shout out to other projects in the area as well as his general commentary on different parts of downtown.  The author mentions the Stumpf Flats on Main project is complete so I will move this from orange to green on the map. Found the marketing website for that project - looks swanky! https://www.stumpfflats.com/. Technically a few blocks east from what is considered City Center but article discussion is about downtown in general. May repost to master development thread.

 

Style Weekly - 

Concrete Purgatory 

The financial district limps along as employees and visitors rarely venture downtown. Local business owners tell us what it’s like.

https://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/concrete-purgatory/Content?oid=16470123

This was actually sad to read. There is a mix of good news in there, but it was sad to read how dead downtown is. I look forward to when things are back to normal!

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Not earth-shattering but news worthy of sharing. The old VEPCO headquarters building at 7th and Franklin (now an apartment building) has just changed hands.


https://richmond.com/business/downtown-richmond-apartment-building-sells-for-25-million/article_18a229bc-6bfd-5f29-acaa-5b99f243e245.html
 

My mother (may peace be upon her) was a VEPCO HQ employee and worked in that building from about 1946 to 1962. If I recall she said their offices were on the 9th floor in the southwest corner of the building - she actually watched the infamous June 1951 tornado that ripped up Monroe Park and parts of the fan. She and my grandmother lived on Grove Avenue at the time - and the front porch of their house was damaged. Ironically she said my grandmother had the radio on listening to music and was busy in the kitchen (in the back of the house) the whole afternoon and was completely unaware of the tornado until my mom got home and told her about it. Curious to know what station my grandmother was listening to - because even in 1951, I'm sure if it was WRVA she would have heard SOMETHING about the storm. They would have broken in to regular programming even back then.

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