Developer planning over a 1,000 homes near Virginia Center Commons

Posted at 2:09 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 14:36:51-05
The development would take shape just to the west of Brook Road. Site plan from HHHunt.

The development would take shape just to the west of Brook Road. Site plan from HHHunt.

HENRICO, Va. — The developer behind some of the area’s largest suburban communities has its sights set on 250 acres near Virginia Center Commons.

HHHunt is planning more than 1,000 new homes on seven parcels of primarily wooded property across Brook Road from the mall in northwestern Henrico.

Called “Rivermill,” the development would consist of 400 zero-lot-line homes, meaning detached single-family homes built close to the edge of a lot; 300 townhomes; 285 apartments; and 50 single-family homes.

The project would require a number of rezonings, which the Henrico County Planning Commission is set to consider March 10.

Daniel Schmitt, president and COO of HHHunt, said the company has been eyeing the area for some time. The seven parcels that make up the 250 acres are currently under contract, several of them assessed at values exceeding $1 million.

“We’ve been acquiring the land for probably five years,” Schmitt said. “We just think it’s a great location, given the proximity to retail in the area and (Interstate) 295, which is a great access arterial.

“The Henrico County school system; (the area) feeds into Glen Allen High School. It’s got services and restaurants. It’s just a good area,” he said.

Schmitt also noted the planned 88-acre Greenwood Park that the county is developing at 11217 Greenwood Road. A planned extension of Woodman Road from its I-295 interchange would eventually provide access to that park as well as a connection with Brook Road.

Schmitt noted the park, to consist primarily of sports fields, would be nearly contiguous with the Rivermill property, which also is bordered to the north by the Chickahominy River. Located west of Brook Road’s intersection with Magnolia Ridge Drive, the property also surrounds Little Five Azalea Farm, a landscaping materials site at 10180 Brook Road.

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