510 Architects jump into Art Deco HandCraft Building

The architects tasked with helping design the reinvention of one of Scott’s Addition’s most recognizable buildings have carved out a spot for themselves in the project.

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.

Hard Hat Happy Hour Handcraft

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.”

Read the rest of the story here, on Richmond BizSense.

NOTE: The HandCraft building will also play host to Richmond BizSense’s Hard Hat Happy Hour next month.

A few meet & greet opportunities with Councilwoman Gray

Dear Friend:

I was sworn in as Councilwoman for the 2nd District earlier this month.  Much is happening with City government, so I wanted to provide you with a brief update.

Kim Gray 4 RVA


I have been appointed to the following City Council Committees: Finance and Economic Development; Land Use, Housing and Transportation; Education and Human Services; and Governmental Operations.  I was appointed as an alternate to the Public Safety Committee.  Additionally, I have been appointed as a Council representative to the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission.


On Wednesday, January 25 at 5:30 p.m., I will be hosting a public meeting to discuss the draft Pulse Corridor Plan developed by the City’s Department of Planning and Development Review.  The meeting well be held at Fox Elementary School, 2300 Hanover Avenue.  The City’s Bus Rapid Transit system, or “Pulse,” will bring significant changes to neighborhoods along Broad Street and the entire 2nd District; please attend this important meeting to find out more about the proposed plan and ask questions of Planning Department staff.

Finally on Thursday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m., please mark your calendar to attend my first District Citizens’ meeting.  It will be held at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center located at 2400 W. Leigh Street.  An agenda for that meeting will be announced soon.

It is an honor and privilege to serve as your City Council representative.  Please contact me at any time to share your thoughts and concerns.


Kim Gray, Councilwoman

Richmond North Central 2nd Voter District

A NEW ballpark for VCU and the Flying Squirrels

Richmond BizSense revealed today that the future of professional baseball in Richmond has become a bit clearer. The Richmond Flying Squirrels, VCU and Mayor Dwight Jones’ office jointly announced the signing of an agreement yesterday afternoon to “guide the final stages of planning for a new ballpark in Richmond to be used by VCU and the Flying Squirrels.”

The so-called memorandum of understanding was signed by the Squirrels and VCU and calls for a new ballpark to be built near the current site of The Diamond to the tune of $50 million to $60 million. The team and university would be the primary users of the new ballpark and the major contributors to the cost.

Monday’s announcement does not specify the location of a future stadium, stating only that it will be close to the Diamond, but not on the city-owned 60 acres bounded by North Boulevard and Hermitage Road that the city is positioning for redevelopment.Richmond Flying Squirrels, Richmond, Scott's Addition, New Stadium

Local reports previously said a complex that currently houses the Virginia ABC at 2901 Hermitage Road was a likely site for the ballpark. Read the rest of the article, here.

Ad Agency NDP is advertising Scott’s Addition as the place to be found!

Veteran Richmond ad agency is following the call of the city’s hottest neighborhood. Now, that is good marketing for Scott’s Addition! Found in Richmond BizSense, check out the before and after (rendering), below. NDP, formerly known as Neathawk, Dubuque & Packett, is moving from 1 E. Cary St., where it has been headquartered since the turn of the century, to a warehouse building in Scott’s Addition at 2912 W. Leigh St.

Ndp, formerly known as Neathawk, Dubuque & Packett, in Scott's Addition

The agency has signed a 10-year lease for a 15,900-square-foot space currently occupied by auto parts supplier Auto Plus. The company will move out in the next several weeks to make room for ndp, which plans to move in by June or July.

Danny Fell, president and CEO of ndp, said the building’s open interior and location in the fast-transitioning, historically industrial neighborhood made it appealing over other properties considered in Scott’s Addition, downtown and across the river in Manchester.

“Finding something that had essentially an open box that we could configure the way we wanted was ideal,” Fell said. “In the end, it really fit well with what we wanted to do, and Scott’s Addition is a great neighborhood relatively close to where we are and a lot of our associates live.

“Being a part of that whole neighborhood development hopefully will raise our profile that we’re committed to being here in the city and growing the business and being a part of a vibrant, creative community,” he said.

Ndp, formerly known as Neathawk, Dubuque & Packett, in Scott's Addition


The firm is working with Mimi Sadler of locally based Sadler & Whitehead on historic preservation work for the one-story brick building, which was built in 1946. He plans to manage construction himself and is working with contractor Phil Noonan of local firm The Noonan Company.

Other firms involved in the renovations include Concreate, a Midlothian-based concrete restorer that is refurbishing the floors of the Main Street Station train shed.

Ndp’s new headquarters is beside Buskey Cider and around the corner from the Fat Dragon restaurant on the Boulevard. It is also near other design firms and production studios that have made the Scott’s Addition-Boulevard corridor home, including Studio Center, 903 Creative and Park Group, which recently moved its studio from Shockoe Bottom to the nearby Cort Furniture retail building.

Fell said the agency will benefit from being part of the Scott’s Addition community and in proximity to more activities and potential collaborators.

“Whether we do something next door with the cidery guys or collaborate with one of the other marketing groups in that area, I think it will be fun to get to know new folks and find some things that we might be able to do jointly.”

Alton Lane’s moved corporate headquarters to Scott’s Addition is now is expanding again!

“Now that we are settling in in Richmond, we have our sights set for national expansion,” said Colin Hunter, the retailer’s chief executive officer and co-founder.

“The cost of having all of our back office in New York City didn’t make sense,” said C. Peyton Jenkins, the company’s chief financial officer who grew up in Henrico County and graduated from the Collegiate School in 2000.

Corporate headquarters of Alton Lane, in Scott’s Addition has allowed growth over the last year and now…is expanding again. Read the rest of the story, here

And B-I-N-G-O was his Name-O!

A half-acre parcel, near the corner of West Broad Street and North Boulevard, is currently home to a 9,140-square-foot building previously used as a bingo hall. The former West Broad bingo hall is gearing up for a zoning change. The plan is a mixed-use building of five stories.

Currently under contract, 2900 W. Broad Street, is dreaming of 8,500 square feet of commercial space and about 50 multifamily units! This would make the 5-story redevelopment the tallest in Scott’s Addition.

Included in the application is a January 5, 2016 letter from our own Roger L. Bouchard, president of the Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association.

“Community Housing Partners has presented a vision that will enhance the area and provide a framework for future development along the W. Broad Street corridor,” Bouchard said in his letter, which also includes comments from CHP.

If this building receives all the necessary approvals, Beacon on Broad would join a bevy of new development underway in and around Scott’s Addition. Other growth in the immediate neighborhood includes the former HandCraft Cleaners building (1501 Roseneath Road), Peter Chang (2816 W. Broad Street) and the Wawa going in near The Diamond.

Another mixed-use conversion planned for Scott’s Addition!

With rents rising apace, a local nonprofit hopes to bring affordable housing to Richmond’s hottest neighborhood: Scott’s Addition!

Better Housing

The Better Housing Coalition last week bought the Quality Inn & Suites building at 3200 W. Broad St. in Scott’s Addition for $5.9 million. The nonprofit’s plans call for a $30 million conversion of the property into a mixed-income, mixed-use property in Scott’s Addition.

Upon completion, the development would be BHC’s largest single investment in the city in the nonprofit’s 28-year history, according to a release announcing the plans. Construction is expected to begin summer 2017.

Over the next nine months to a year, we look forward to working with the city, the community and our investment partners to make this development in this strategic community of opportunity come alive,” Greta Harris, BHC’s president and CEO, said in the release. Read the rest of the story, here!

Better Home Coalition Better Housing Coalition is driven by respect for residents, sustaining the environment and preserving neighborhood character. Their portfolio includes 16 residential communities – 8 for lower-income seniors – as well as 180 single-family homes for low- to moderate-income first-time buyers. Founded in 1988 by Richmond-area civic leaders Mary Tyler McClenahan and Carter McDowell, the Better Housing Coalition combines long-term solutions in affordable housing with ongoing support services for residents.  They help seniors age in place, help children aspire to higher education, and help adults gain self-sufficiency. As a leader in community revitalization, their award-winning organization works with residents, local governments and agencies, other non-profits and the philanthropic community to create lasting change for the better.



Banking on another Brewery in Scott’s Addition

A duo of local restaurateurs is looking to make a statement by giving the brimming Scott’s Addition beer scene some Broad Street frontage.

Jay Shah and Joel Gilbert plan to convert the former SunTrust branch at 3022 W. Broad St. into Statement Brewing Company.

Sun Trust Building in Scott's Addition

The 10,000-square-foot site will be reconfigured to accommodate a brewery and restaurant. Plans call for Statement Brewing to brew its own beer onsite at one end of the facility, with the restaurant on the other end of the building.

“We want to make this a destination,” said Shah, majority owner of the venture and an executive at locally-based Shamin Hotels. “So we thought that bringing in a restaurant would accomplish that, given what’s occurring in Scott’s Addition.”

Statement Brewing is scheduled to make its debut September 2017, Shah said, with construction hopefully starting on the site around February or March.

Despstatement-brewingite laying claim to a few well-known national and regional restaurant brands, Shah said the pair’s Scott’s Addition venture will be independently developed to appeal to the up-and-coming neighborhood.

“We want to cater to that location in Scott’s Addition…it’s going to be something very different,” he said.

Read the rest of the story, here.

Blue Bee Cider’s expected opening, October 2016

The guts of a forthcoming Richmond cidery were on full display, Friday, according to Richmond-Times Dispatch. Blue Bee Cider company produces artisanal ciders on a seasonal basis, using rare and heirloom varieties of Virginia apples, and they’ve caught the attention of the Washington Post and On Tap Magazine. Blue Bee ciders are sold and poured primarily in Virginia, Maryland, and DC, but thirsty residents of a few other Southern states and California can order online.

Blue Bee Cider to open Oct 2016, in Scott's Addition

Blue Bee Cider offered a tour last week of its new manufacturing and headquarters facility, which is under construction at 1320 Summit Ave. in Scott’s Addition. The project is transforming the former city-owned stables property into a tasting room and cider-making operation encompassing 9,000 square feet on a third of an acre.

Blue Bee Cider construction in Scott's Addition

Construction began in the spring and is expected to be completed in September. Blue Bee owner Courtney Anderson Mailey said she’s aiming for an Oct. 15 opening, though the date is not set in stone. Read the rest of the story, here.

Go visit Blue Bee Cider, in Manchester, next Sat., for Summer Music Series “Scattered, Smothered & Covered,” from 3-6pm.

Broad Street Gather’s Coworkers will soon have Dog Wagon Dogs as a lunch choice

Scott’s Addition Gather has more than 60 offices to be leased out; this is triple the amount of its downtown location.

Gather memberships include access to conference rooms, a gym, Black Hand Coffee, a kegerator, Wi-Fi and ping pong. Lastly, Gather members have access to both locations. Incidentally, there is 4,800 square feet still available for tenants in Gather’s Broad Street location.

Now, Gather’s tenants will have hot dogs! Not just Hot Dogs – but Dog Wagon Dogs!  Dog Wagon will join Three Notch’d Brewing and Gather’s other office tenant when it opens this year. Robert Stout, the owner of The Dog Wagon food truck, is looking forward to opening a restaurant without wheels! Just how good are these hot dogs? Stout said he turns away about three job requests for his truck’s services, per day.

Twenty two menu items range in price from $3-$10. They will continue to focus on the carry out order. Look for Dog Wagon Dogs at 2930 W Broad Street!