RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Two ten-story, mixed use apartment buildings could take the Scott’s Addition neighborhood to towering heights — but some business owners say they’re ready to fight the project.
An empty lot on Roseneath Road at West Clay Street is the potential site for the apartments. Opponents worry the buildings would be too close to the busy I-195 off-ramp. Adding to their reservations, if the plans get the green light, the structures would become the tallest buildings in the neighborhood.
“It’s a really hip, up-and-coming neighborhood,” said Amy Nelson, who works one street over from the planned site.
Demand for residential space continues to grow in Scott’s Addition. Developers are looking to capitalize on that need with 260 new rental units on the lot. Under current plans, the apartments would stand 100 feet tall, far above the surrounding one- and two-story buildings.
Dave Michelow is opening a brewery one block away.
“I don’t know that the 10 stories proposed is something I would’ve done,” he said, “or that fits the aesthetic of the neighborhood.”
In a letter to city council representative Charles Samuels, business owner Chris Fultz wrote that the scale, massing and proportion are “horribly insensitive, unimaginative, and thoughtlessly conceived.”
“It’s a really congested area around there,” said Nelson. “Actually, it’s a really unsafe corner right there, so as far as that’s concerned I think it’d be a little more congested.” Fultz added that he believes the project would jeopardize public safety because cars getting off the interstate do not slow down quickly enough due to natural deceleration.
Others in Scott’s Addition said they would welcome a pair of fresh buildings in the neighborhood.
“I think half the buildings around here are in bad shape,” said David Kolzer. “Anything new around here would make it look like a better area.”
In order for the city to approve the plans, the project will likely need a special use permit for the height of the buildings.
Despite calls and emails, developer Louis Salomonksy did not return 8News requests for comment.
The project will likely go before the city planning commission in May. If all goes as planned, the developer will reportedly break ground this summer.