A collaboration that will transform the lives of children and their families, while also reimagining one of the last undeveloped blocks of West Broad Street, has begun.
As UMFS approaches its 120th anniversary in 2020, it’s embarking on a long-term land-lease with Spy Rock Real Estate Group to kick off a capital campaign aimed at upgrading its Richmond campus. The long-term lease will help fund an 18-24-month campus transformation, UMFS’ first major upgrade in 65 years.
“UMFS is experiencing tremendous growth, and as a part of that growth, we’re upgrading our facilities,” said Greg Peters, president and CEO of UMFS. “We have been right here on Broad Street for nearly 120 years. We’re excited about increasing our visibility and expanding our services for the future.”
The 99-year land lease allows Spy Rock Real Estate Group to develop the field at the front of UMFS’ 33-acre campus, located at West Broad and North Hamilton streets across Interstate 195 from Scott’s Addition. Spy Rock’s 4.5-acre development includes plans for two, four-story mixed-use buildings that will feature one- and two-bedroom apartments, ground-floor commercial space for offices, a full-service restaurant and a fast-casual/coffee shop, as well as a hotel fronting West Broad Street.
The project will break ground this month and is expected to take 18-24 months.
“We couldn’t be more grateful for our partnership with Spy Rock,” said Peters. “It has been incredible working side by side with a community partner that understands our mission and shares our passion of shaping the future of children across our region.”
Revenue from the lease and the capital campaign will permit UMFS to build two state-of-the-art buildings that will allow the organization to expand its reach to the children, teens and families it serves.
Phase 1 of UMFS’ renovations will break ground this winter and include a new Child & Family Healing Center that will allow UMFS to serve 20% more youth. The residential center, housing youth ages 11-17, will replace four post-WWII cottages, add much-needed common space for families and enhance the living spaces for the youth.
Phase 2 of the project includes an addition to UMFS’ Charterhouse School that will enable UMFS to serve 135 students in a more traditional school setting. The new school building also will enhance UMFS’ career and technical education program and expand its services for students with autism.
“Our new Child & Family Healing Center not only will allow us to serve more young people, but it also will help us better accommodate the family unit. We believe that children do better when they’re with families, and our new Child & Family Healing Center is being designed with that in mind,” said Peters. “Charterhouse School provides incredible support to students throughout our region. With our planned addition, we’ll be able to better serve students in our Career and Technical Education program and enhance the services we provide to students with autism.”
Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market planning to double size of Short Pump store
Construction on an expansion of the locally-owned store should commence this Spring.
From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market, which has operated in western Henrico County since 2004, is getting bigger.
The 15,000-square-foot market will nearly double in size when the store expansion project is completed later this year, owner Tom Leonard said.
Construction should begin late in the spring.
The expansion will take over the tented area to the left of the store – where pumpkins and Christmas trees are typically sold.
The added space will enable the market, off Tom Leonard Drive, to expand and move its bakery and deli departments into the new space. The bakery will be able to make fresh-boiled bagels – “the way they do them in New York,” Leonard said.
Richmond-based company launching digital TV streaming network today with event at VMHC
Richmond-based Soulidifly Productions will launch the new streaming TV network today and is throwing a launch party tonight in celebration.
Richmond based Soulidifly Productions is launching a new digital TV streaming network today known as SoulVision.TV. The new network will feature over 200 hours of “authentic, positive, and often untold human stories shown in feature films and movies, TV shows, news, interviews, cartoons, and more,” according to a news release.
The network will be accessible from all devices including all leading streaming platforms – Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire – and on all mobile platforms, tablets and other devices including smart TVs and home computers.
Entertainers Cecily, Carla Jackson, JJ Squire, and vocalist Imani Waters will headline an event this evening at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture ahead of the network’s launch.
The event takes place beginning at 6:30 PM at the museum at 428 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. Attendees can also get complimentary tickets by entering code “SVTV” on the ticketing page.
Learn more and get tickets here and check out a preview of the new network below.
Henrico clears the way for redevelopment of Azalea Mall, Virginia Center Commons sites
Two derelict properties in the Northside of town will soon have new life breathed into them as Henrico greenlit their redevelopment Tuesday.
From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
As Henrico County officials are preparing for the redevelopment of Virginia Center Commons with a public arena, the operators of a senior living community are ready to expand on top of land where another county mall was demolished in 1999.
On Tuesday, the Henrico Board of Supervisors approved zoning and permit changes to let Westminster Canterbury of Richmond expand its continuing-care retirement community over part of the lot where Azalea Mall once stood. The board also voted to authorize the use of $50 million to build an indoor sports arena at Virginia Center Commons.