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Manchester to get more duplexes, apartments with mixed-use space

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Posted at 11:19 AM, Nov 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-01 11:39:41-04

RICHMOND, Va. — Having collaborated on several smaller projects in the area, a local builder and developer are partnering 50-50 on their largest Manchester development to date.

Macfarlane Partners’ Charles Macfarlane and Corinthian Construction’s Ben Adamson have begun work on Manchester Park: a combination of six townhome-style duplexes and a 12-unit apartment building with a corner commercial space along McDonough Street between West 13th and 14th streets.

Adamson described the project as a mix of two products they’ve had success with in Manchester: his 21-unit apartment project at 12th and Bainbridge streets that’s home to Brewer’s Café, and duplexes he built for Macfarlane across the street and nearby along Perry Street.

Where Adamson’s firm has served as Macfarlane’s builder in the past, he said they’re working on Manchester Park as equal partners, with Adamson taking the lead as developer and general contractor.

Macfarlane, who is juggling other projects in North Carolina and Richmond’s Tobacco Row, where he and developer Sam McDonald converted the building at 2323 E. Main St. into apartments, said partnering with Adamson made sense on a practical level.

“Ben has been a very good business partner-contractor, so we thought it would be appropriate to team up with him,” Macfarlane said. “I’m busy working on some other projects, so it seemed appropriate to have him be on point and be the developer, managing partner and also the contractor – just trying to be efficient with the resources that we have.”

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