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New construction underway at old bus barn site, leasing begins soon

RICHMOND, Va. — The transformation of a former GRTC property near the Fan and Carytown is well underway as its developers prepare to begin leasing up the project’s apartments and commercial space.

New construction began last month on two mixed-use buildings at the 7-acre former bus barn site at 101 S. Davis Ave., now dubbed Cary Street Station. The new structures will add to seven existing buildings and combined will house nearly 16,000 square feet of commercial space and 285 apartments.

First announced last year, the $44 million project is being helmed by a partnership between Tom Dickey and Chris Johnson of the Monument Cos. and Howard Kellman of the Edison Co.  Monument Construction, an arm of the Monuments Cos., is handling the buildout. Walter Parks is the architect.

Johnson said the goal of the project is to expand and unite Carytown and the commercial corridor along Robinson Street. The site’s plan of development approved in June and the developers sang the praises of Willie Thompson at the city’s planning department.

The seven existing rehabbed buildings will be opened in stages in March. (Kieran McQuilkin)

The seven existing rehabbed buildings will be opened in stages in March. (Kieran McQuilkin)

The existing buildings total 170,000 square feet and the new buildings will house 110,000 square feet, for a combined 280,000 square feet across the site.

The two new buildings will be complete in spring 2017, after the seven existing rehabbed buildings are opened in stages from November to March. The developers are using historic tax credits and Union Bank & Trust to finance the project.

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