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Deal could transform Richmond’s Southside riverfront


By David Larter,

RICHMOND, Va. ( – A local developer has the sprawling Reynolds South packaging plant in the Manchester section of Richmond under contract.

Tom Wilkinson of Franklin Development Group has a contract to buy the 18-acre parcel — which is adjacent to Legend’s Brewery and also has frontage on Hull Street — and has been talking with other real estate insiders about deals that could bring apartments, office space and retail to the south side of the James River.

The former aluminum foil plant had been closed for several years.

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