1,096 apartments, 250-foot tower planned at Henrico project off Staples Mill

Posted at 12:31 PM, Aug 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-18 12:42:48-04

HENRICO, Va. — An 80-acre mixed-use development off Staples Mill Road is revving up for its first residential section and got an initial green light for a plan to take the skyline in that part of Henrico County to new heights.

Gumenick Properties is preparing to begin construction on a new five-story retail and apartment building at its Libbie Mill-Midtown development and also recently secured approval from the county to build a massive tower in the center of the project.

The five-story building will include 40,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor, with 327 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments on the top four floors.

The apartment building marks Libbie Mill’s first stab at residential use. The development began with the opening of a Southern Season grocery store, and work is underway on office space that already has a large tenant signed on. A large new county library is set to open there in October, as well.

With the other aspects of Libbie Mill coming together, Gumenick spokesman Ed Crews said the time is now right to bring residential units into the mix.

“We have office, we have retail, we have the library coming online – now it’s time to have some residents in the apartments,” Crews said. “From the very beginning we’ve said that the community is going to be not only a retail destination, but also a community where people can make a home. When we have the apartments open, you’ll begin to get a sense of community.”

Amenities planned for the apartment building’s residents will include a 38,000-square-foot outdoor area at the building’s core, which will sit above covered parking, and calls for a pool, fountains, outdoor grills and other entertainment spaces.

Each apartment unit is also set to include a private balcony or terrace.

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