510 Architects recently signed on as the latest tenant at the HandCraft building – the 87,000-square-foot, former industrial cleaning facility at 1501 Roseneath Road that’s being repurposed for new commercial tenants.
The firm, which is handling design work on the redevelopment, will take 2,300 square feet along the building’s Mactavish Avenue-facing side and should move in early next year.
The pending move is an unexpected change of plans for 510, run by husband-and-wife Virginia Tech graduates Heather Grutzius and John White.
The five-person firm had been on the hunt for new offices elsewhere in Scott’s Addition as an upgrade to their current home in a coworking setup at 3121 W. Marshall St., but hadn’t been considering the HandCraft building. “We always thought HandCraft was too large for us,” White said.
Most of the other tenants that have signed on in recent months are taking much larger blocks of space. Vasen Brewing has around 17,000 square feet, electric car charging startup Evatran has about 21,000 square feet and consulting firm Fahrenheit Group has 6,500 square feet.
But when a deal up the street fell through and layout in the HandCraft space changed in their favor, White said they jumped on it. “It carved out this little space,” he said. “It kind of fell in our lap.”
NOTE: The HandCraft building will also play host to Richmond BizSense’s Hard Hat Happy Hour next month.