Trees removed from Richmond mansion while former owner sits in prison

Posted at 9:20 AM, Aug 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 09:20:12-04

RICHMOND, Va. — While some recent tree-clearing has made the house more visible, the fate of the former West End home of imprisoned developer Justin French remains shrouded in mystery.

It’s been a year since the 10,000-square-foot, Georgian-style mansion at 330 Oak Lane was sold at a foreclosure auction for $1.5 million. In that time, work on the house has been going on inside and out, most visibly with the recent removal of several mature trees from the property’s front yard.

What the future holds for the house, however – much like the identity of its new owner – remains unclear.

The house was purchased by an entity called 330 Oak Lane LLC. Its registered agent, S. Brian Farmer of law firm Hirschler Flesicher, did not return a call seeking comment.

Builders involved in renovating the house, including locally based Mako Builders and Clark Robins Design Build, did not provide any insights when contacted in recent weeks.

A message left for Clark Robins was not returned, and Mako Builders’ Rick Kastelberg said he was not authorized to discuss the project.

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