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I just learned that Singapore has the tallest car vending machine at 15 stories. To have a 12 story vending machine in Richmond is quite impressive!

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More than a big new building, I'd really like to see more headway made on vacant buildings. Seeing that the old hotel building is to be renovated was great news this morning!

With the CarMax office and Whole foods going up, the corridor near the fan is starting to look like it will be alive soon.  

The majority of the Broad Street corridor downtown still seems abandoned though.

Shiny new buildings might make the skyline look a bit nicer, but until we make more headway on renovations of long-abandoned buildings I think the city is going to be held back. People come visit our city and stay someplace nice like Quirk only to walk outside and be hit with a wall of dilapidated buildings that have been abandoned for decades. 

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10 hours ago, georgeglass said:

I have often wondered why this building was still vacant considering it's location. Thankfully, it won't stand empty much longer and I believe is the last big vacant building on Main downtown.

https://richmondbizsense.com/2019/11/25/douglas-development-begins-apartment-conversion-of-former-downtown-hotel-building/

I always envisioned this corner having a grand tower with ground level retail. 

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The massing is off on the apartment buildings.  I've seen similar sized building built in Charlotte, and they come off looking like a GIANT wall.   I know the economics of it probably wouldn't work, but splitting the apartments into 4 buildings would be a great improvement to the street-scape.

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16 hours ago, rjp212 said:

The massing is off on the apartment buildings.  I've seen similar sized building built in Charlotte, and they come off looking like a GIANT wall.   I know the economics of it probably wouldn't work, but splitting the apartments into 4 buildings would be a great improvement to the street-scape.

Yep, extra elevators, staircases, building systems, etc. Looks like they have tried to break up the facade but agree if often looks too 2D of a difference.

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11 minutes ago, RiverYuppy said:

The new apartments on Oliver Hill Way are coming along and look pretty good!

can't tell, do these extend under the bridge,from this angle, it looks like they do, which would be very unusual.  

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1 minute ago, Hike said:

can't tell, do these extend under the bridge,from this angle, it looks like they do, which would be very unusual.  

I don't think they extend under the bridge.  There is a gap between them and an old warehouse that is under renovation to be part of the apartment complex.

I wonder what they're going to do with the space below the bridge. 

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17 hours ago, RiverYuppy said:

I don't think they extend under the bridge.  There is a gap between them and an old warehouse that is under renovation to be part of the apartment complex.

I wonder what they're going to do with the space below the bridge. 

I will bet on "covered" parking.

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Perhaps the columns of bridge can be lit and turned into a park.  The columns should be lit for the entire length of the bridge.

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VUU has closed on the purchase of the Budget Inn making it the first time in 40 years that they have grown outside of their gates.   The hotel will be demolished and replaced with a multi purpose building focusing on learning and community development.  The ultimate goal is to turn Lombardy from Brook to Chamberlayne into a mixed use stroll district leading into campus. 

https://www.nbc12.com/2019/12/17/virginia-union-university-acquires-budget-inn-property/

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There was also an article about it in Richmond Bizsense.

I'm really hoping the Chaymberlayne corridor takes off a bit with new apartments that have been planned.

 

Now if only we could get rid of the rest of those motels along the corridor.  

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On 12/17/2019 at 8:11 AM, rjp212 said:

VUU has closed on the purchase of the Budget Inn making it the first time in 40 years that they have grown outside of their gates.   The hotel will be demolished and replaced with a multi purpose building focusing on learning and community development.  The ultimate goal is to turn Lombardy from Brook to Chamberlayne into a mixed use stroll district leading into campus. 

https://www.nbc12.com/2019/12/17/virginia-union-university-acquires-budget-inn-property/

Nice!  More details and a rendering,  about the building. It’ll have classrooms for the hospitality/culinary programs, a street level cafe, and hotel rooms on the top floors. 

https://www.richmond.com/business/vuu-planning-hospitality-school-hotel-on-site-of-former-motel/article_c3d62223-a598-54fd-9939-18589bdcb837.html

 

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