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.

Gelati Celesti coming to Scott’s Addition, Summer 2016

We have our share of fabulous food and wonderful drinks and now, we’re getting more ice cream! I Scream. You Scream and all that jazz.

Ice cream outpost Gelati Celesti is set to open at 1400 N. Boulevard in Scott’s Addition by the end of Summer 2016.

“We selected Scott’s Addition as the location for our new store because of its convenience to the Fan, North Side and Malvern area,” owner Steve Rosser says.

They have 24 flavors that stay on the menu and 12 different flavors that rotate, so there will always be a little surprise. And if you are just looking for a grab and go, there are pints, both pre-packaged and packed to order.

Gelati Celesti isn’t necessarily gelato — it’s made with cream as opposed to a classic gelato milk base — the team whips less air into the product than you’d normally find in an ice cream parlor, making for a dense, creamy bridge between the two worlds. You’ll love it and you’ll be able to try it, in Scott’s Addition, Summer 2016.

Gelati Celesti Scoop coming soon

Let this featured flavor from Gelati Celesti make your mouth water, Scott’s Addition! Bourbon Praline, a sweet, silky combo made with a bourbon reduction and candied, caramelized pecans. Their store is conveniently located to other residents – not just Scott’s Addition (right across from the Bowtie Theater) – they have close proximity to the Fan, Northside, Carver and the Malvern Area.  Raise a scoop with Gelati Celesti at 1400 N Boulevard, in Scott’s Addition, by the end of summer!

Handcraft Cleaners Building gets its first tenant: Vasen Brewing Company!

Suds of a different sort will soon be flowing in a former industrial laundry facility in Scott’s AdditionVasen Brewing Co. has signed the first lease (1,700 feet) at the HandCraft Cleaners building at 1501 Roseneath Road.

The reason that this is exciting news for Scott’s Addition, is that we are fast becoming the capital of Richmond’s craft beverage scene! Now Vasen will be adding to the Veil Brewing Co., Three Notch’d Brewing Co., and Buskey Cider – they are all in the works to join Black Heath MeaderyIsley Brewing Co., and Ardent Craft Ales who are already up and running the neighborhood.

Vasen’s space will include a 2,800-square-foot tasting room that fronts Moore Street. There is about 35,000 square feet of office and 12,000 square feet of retail space still available.

New Wawa to be built on the Boulevard, in Scott’s Addition

Wawa heads to the Boulevard – found in Richmond Biz Sense

J.F. Williams III isn’t waiting around to find out the fate of The Diamond. The local developer and retired commercial real estate broker has signed a deal to bring a Wawa location to 3100 N. Boulevard, on the razed site that once housed Bill’s Barbecue. Williams said Wawa has agreed to a long-term lease for 1.44 acres at Ellen Road and North Boulevard. He owns an additional 1.5 acres at 3108 N. Boulevard, where Shenandoah Shutters’ facility once stood.

“It’s really the first new development north of the bridge (on North Boulevard), and I think it’s significant in that regard,” says Williams.

Despite The Diamond being in limbo, North Boulevard has seen its share of activity in recent months. Local developer Ed Lacy bought the shuttered North Boulevard Car Pool property in December and is looking to lease it. Chris Tsui and his Eat Restaurant Partners recently opened a burger spot at 1300 N. Boulevard, and local ice cream maker Gelati Celesti announced it is opening a storefront at 1400 N. Boulevard.

Williams said whatever happens, he believes in the potential of the area.

“It’s going to happen one way or the other,” he said. “We’re anxious to know what ‘mixed-use’ means and who the developers are.”

Successful Scott’s Addition Meeting could lead to new business rezoning?

From Richmond BizSense: Plans for a rapid transit bus line along Broad Street in Richmond could bring a new business zoning district to the city’s hottest neighborhood.

At a meeting of the Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association on Wednesday, city planners proposed amendments to the city’s land use plan that would change the neighborhood’s zoning primarily from M-1 light industrial use to B-7 mixed-use business district, in conjunction with the adoption of a rapid bus line – called GRTC Pulse – that would run from Willow Lawn to Rocketts Landing.

Proposed Zoning in Scott's Addition

The changes could also introduce a new zoning district – B-8 – that would allow some uses currently allowed in B-7, such as multifamily residential and pedestrian-oriented commercial uses such as breweries, retail, office and restaurants, but with taller building heights – 12 stories maximum – and no parking requirements. Parking would instead be determined by the market.

If approved with a broader update to the city land use plan next year, the new zoning could be applied to properties along the Boulevard and Broad Street corridors that border Scott’s Addition to the east and the south.

The proposals would also eliminate the need for property owners in Scott’s Addition to obtain a special-use permit (SUP) to convert former industrial properties for residential use – a move aimed at encouraging investment in an area that has seen rapid development in recent years, said Mark Olinger, the city’s director of planning and development review.

“Our goal is to help create opportunities for new development, both economic and residential, along the Pulse corridor in a way that is respectful of the surrounding uses but creates this opportunity for creating its own sense of place as well,” Olinger said after the meeting.

“What we’re trying to do is say: Are there a mix of uses and building types in this area that will provide for population density, potential for job growth, to help continue to build that momentum that is clearly occurring in Scott’s Addition over the last few years,” he said. “Here’s another way to build on that vitality for that area and maybe provide opportunities for a building type – a maximum of 12 stories – that’s not immediately present there but could add some additional value to the neighborhood.”

sacolormapWhere B-7 zoning allows for five stories in height, with potential for six, and B-4 allows for significantly taller buildings, Olinger said B-8 would be aimed at allowing something in between – “mid-rise” buildings anywhere from two to 12 stories.

“We have B-4, which is a very intense downtown zoning district, but we don’t really have a zoning district that provides for what we would call more mid-size buildings,” Olinger said. “The idea was to try to find a mid-range zoning district that would allow some intensification of use but would be of a more mid-size scale, and make it easier for people who wanted to do something like that to have the ability to work within existing zoning to make that happen.”

If supported by the public and city governing boards, the zoning changes would be introduced to city council early next year and potentially adopted in the first or second quarter. City staff is presenting them in a series of neighborhood meetings that started in mid-November. Olinger said the changes would also be presented in an update to the planning commission at its meeting this Monday.

Other changes to be considered by the commission include the removal of parking areas as a principal land use and reducing off-street parking requirements for dwelling and lodging uses in B-4 and B-5 central business districts.

Olinger said the presentation on Wednesday was the first public discussion of the proposed B-8 zoning. At the association meeting, he told a crowd of business owners, residents and several prominent developers that nearly all residential conversion projects proposed in Scott’s Addition are getting approved by the city. Eliminating the SUP requirement would facilitate that process and cut down on costs and time involved.

“We are trying to create opportunities in places where we think the opportunities exist,” Olinger said. “We’re not interested in trashing the abutting neighborhoods. We’re trying to help create opportunities for high-quality infill development along the corridor in those places where it needs it.”

Spyrock demolished the former Symbol facility and is replacing it with 202 apartments and 60,000 square feet of commercial space. (Kieran McQuilkin)

Spyrock demolished the former Symbol facility and is replacing it with 202 apartments and 60,000 square feet of commercial space. (Kieran McQuilkin)

Andrew Basham, a principal with Spy Rock Real Estate Group who also serves on the Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association board, was among several developers active in the neighborhood in attendance at the meeting. He said the changes proposed would be good for the neighborhood while also freeing up the board and city staff to focus on bigger-picture issues such as traffic, parking and street lighting needs.

“There are some major projects planned for the neighborhood – not just within the existing boundaries of Scott’s Addition proper but also within the greater Scott’s Addition-Boulevard area,” he said. “With that kind of growth, we need to consider the way that our streets run. There are a number of blocks in the neighborhood that don’t have sidewalks. Those are the kinds of basic things that we need in the neighborhood.”

Spy Rock’s projects in Scott’s Addition include a 55,000-square-foot commercial building under construction as part of its mixed-use development of the former Symbol Mattress Co. building at 1814 Highpoint Ave. Other projects in the works in the neighborhood include redevelopment of the former HandCraft Cleaners building at 1501 Roseneath Road, two six-story towers proposed by Historic Housing at 1400 Roseneath Road, and Better Housing Coalition’s planned conversion of the former Quality Inn & Suites building at 3200 W. Broad St.

Basham said the proposed B-8 zoning district, which he summed up as the “big height, no parking” category, wouldn’t result in a lack of parking or a surge in taller buildings along the Boulevard and Broad Street.

“If you put in a zoning like that, the market will determine the appropriate density, scale and parking ratio in order to build a successful project,” he said. “Nobody’s going to build something that’s going to be unsuccessful, in my opinion, just because a zoning category says you can do it.

The Handcraft building is transforming from an industrial laundry facility to a multi-tenant building that's already attracted a handful of tenants. (Burl Rolett)

The Handcraft building is transforming from an industrial laundry facility to a multi-tenant building that’s already attracted a handful of tenants. (Burl Rolett)

“I think they’ll find resources to ensure that their project is physically and economically sustainable,” he said. “I certainly don’t think we’ll see a rush to build 12-story buildings with no parking along Broad Street.”

Andrew Clark, director of government affairs for the Home Building Association of Richmond, was also in attendance at the meeting and lauded the changes proposed for Scott’s Addition.

“There is immense economic development potential along the Pulse BRT corridor, especially in Scott’s Addition,” Clark said in an email. “The current master plan did not foresee the type of dynamic community that we have seen spring up in Scott’s Addition over the last several years. It has emerged as a housing, entertainment and business hub in the city.

“This process is about reshaping the long-range vision for this neighborhood and laying the foundation for continued investment in new housing, commercial and recreational opportunities,” he said. “The city has been proactive about soliciting feedback from residents and the business community, which is absolutely critical to this process.”

Sunsets at The Hof are showcasing Scott’s Addition as the perfect picture frame!

The Hofheimer Building in Scott’s Addition is home to rooftop and gallery event spaces, a local transportation startup, and will soon be the home of Peter Chang. This newly-renovated building in Scott’s Addition is providing a gathering space within the burgeoning Scott’s Addition neighborhood and will soon be the home to several new tenants.

Roger and Champe at Hofheimer Building Sunsets at the Hof Michael Hostetler Photography

Photo Credit: Michael Hostetler Photography

The Hofheimer Building in Scott’s Addition opened in early May with a rooftop after work social series called “Sunsets @ The Hof.” To see the fabulous collection of photos captured by RVANews, click here

Learn more about the Hofheimer venue and the building’s history here.

Taylor’s Do It Center to replace Pleasants Hardware

Virginia Beach company to buy Pleasants Hardware – found on Richmond Times-Dispatch

A Virginia Beach-based hardware retailer announced that it is buying the century-old Richmond-based Pleasants Hardware chain. Taylor’s Do It Centers has 11 stores, between Hampton Roads and North Carolina.

Demolition of the flagship Pleasants store is slated to begin this spring to make way for a planned retail development that will include the region’s second Whole Foods Market store. Pleasants opened its first store in 1915 at 1607 W. Broad St. The company has operated from its current spot on West Broad Street since in 1976.

Taylor’s was founded in 1927 and the Taylor family has been involved in company leadership since 1929. A third generation of Taylor’s is now in charge. Besides Joe Taylor, brother Russ Taylor is the company’s vice president/operations manager.

The marketing material for Taylor’s stresses themes similar to those that have been emphasized by Pleasants — cheerful, knowledgeable service; community involvement and charitable giving. We, at Scott’s Addition, hope that they can continue showing similar values and community involvement.

The Road to Brenner Pass – will be the star of the show at 1800 Highpoint

Scott’s Addition‘s new restaurant will bring a taste of the Alps to Richmond! Richmond Magazine‘s  just let cat out of the bag:  The Road to Brenner Pass is set to star in new complex being built at the corner where the old Symbol Mattress factory was. We’re looking forward to walking into these highlights, January 2017, at 1800 Highpoint Avenue, Richmond, Virginia:

  • a 30-seat bar in the center
  • a glassed outside patio that wraps around the exterior
  • more than 100 seats across a variety of options — banquettes, high-top communal tables, private dining nooks
  • right next door to condos with a courtyard and 140 parking spots

All of this eclectic excellence is all created with the famous road – the restaurant’s namesake – and it’s path through the Alps of Austria, Switzerland and Italy in mind.  Read the rest of the article, here!

Welcome another Start Up to Scott’s Addition: Uzurv

Reservation startup hitches onto Uber’s success, by Michael Thompson (found in Richmond Biz Sense)

UzurvDonlon and Frans are Richmond-based Uber drivers who met through an event they were both working in Richmond. The conversation between them dealt with ways in which using Uber could be improved for everyone involved. They agreed that creating a reservation system that allowed more information to be shared about potential riders and drivers could be a great business, piggybacking on the popularity of the fast-growing, ride-sharing market.

Now, let Scott’s Addition introduce you to Matt Donlon and Trish Fitzpatrick, the people behind Uzurv, a reservation app for users of tech-driven car services like Uber and Lyft.  They are leasing a 2,500-square-foot office at 2816 W. Broad St. in the Hofheimer Building!

Uzurv (YOO’-zerv) lets customers reserve rides ahead of time so they aren’t limited just to drivers that happen to be on the clock for immediate, on-demand rides. This is separate from, but complementary to, ride hailing services like Uber.

“Uber is a great engine,” Donlon said. “What we’re doing is a service that builds off that engine … Riders want the economics of Uber but the reliability of a car service and the trust and familiarity of a chauffeur.”

Uzurv works by allowing riders to send out a reservation request for a ride that is then posted on the feeds of drivers working with ride-hailing services.

Uzurv rider

Reservation app to enhance your on-demand riding experience. Stay in the loop on the latest UZURV news by signing up at www.uzurv.com.