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Devon USA Plans New State-of-the-Art Warehouse in Chesterfield County

Company Announces 320,000+ SF of Class A Distribution Space to be Built at James River Logistics Center

Devon USA has announced plans for a new state-of-the-art warehouse facility at James River Logistics Center, in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

The project, known as “Project Lightning 2” will feature 32’ clear ceiling heights, ESFR (early suppression fast response) sprinkler system, 50’x60’ column spacing (typ), 8 drive-in doors, and 96 truck-height dock doors (1 per 3,300 sq. ft.). The building also has many “Green” features including white TPO roof, skylights, R-30 roof insulation, and LED lighting.

Parking will be provided for up to 467 automobiles and 64 trailers.  The building could be expanded from 320,853 sq. ft. up to 500,000 sq. ft., and/or additional trailer parking added, depending on the end user’s needs.

The planned building is identical in size and scope to the building developed by Devon in 2017 at Enterchange at Northlake in Ashland, and leased by Amazon.com.  That project, known as “Project Lightning” was completed in just 6 months following the start of building construction, and was the largest industrial transaction in the Richmond market last year.

The project is site plan approved, and Devon is working with Ashland-based McKinney & Company to modify the existing plan for re-submission to Chesterfield County, based on the successful “Project Lightning” prototype.

Chesterfield County Economic Development (CCED) is assisting Devon and McKinney in the site plan and permitting processes. CCED will also assist in marketing the new building to potential users when completed.

Chesterfield Board of Supervisors, Chair, Dorothy Jaeckle

Chesterfield Board of Supervisors, Chair, Dorothy Jaeckle

Located in Board Chair Dorothy Jaeckle’s Bermuda District, Mrs. Jaeckle said, “I would like to thank Devon for their continued investment in Chesterfield County. The proposed new development will add the type of product that is currently in short supply in the region. We are anxious to see the building developed so that we can attract the kind of high quality national tenants that typically lease these buildings.”

James River Logistics Center is located approximately 12 miles south of Richmond on Bellwood Road, in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  Buildings A and B were completed by Devon USA in 2002 and are 100% leased.  Building C will close out the successful park, which will then be comprised of 1,133,825 sq. ft. of distribution space.

The park has convenient access to I-95 and I-895 via US Route 1.  I-3 zoning (Heavy Industrial) allows most commercial and industrial uses including office, warehouse, and manufacturing. The location is also in a Chesterfield County “Technology Zone”, which features a five-year BPOL tax exemption and five-year machinery and tools tax rebate.

Evan Magrill, SIOR and Dean Meyer, SIOR of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer are the exclusive leasing representatives.

About Devon USA

Devon USA  is a commercial property owner, investor and developer with a diverse portfolio of assets in the southeastern and midwestern United States. The company has constructed and/or renovated over 5.6 million sq. ft. of commercial space since 1980, including 1.8 million sq. ft. in Chesterfield County, and currently owns distribution warehouses, multifamily communities, industrial development land, and prime agricultural land. Leasing will be handled by Evan Magrill and Dean Meyer with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer.  www.devonusa.com

About Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer

Thalhimer was founded in 1913 and currently has offices in Richmond, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Fredericksburg, Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Lynchburg, VA; and Charleston, Greenville, SC. The company has over 100 broker professionals and employs over 400 associates. Thalhimer represents, on behalf of its clients, a property portfolio of over 48 million leasable square feet, and management of over 20 million square feet of commercial property, and over 6,100 multifamily units. In 2015 Thalhimer completed over 2,100 transactions with a transactional volume over $2 billion.
Thalhimer is the region’s leading provider of comprehensive commercial real estate services. The firm offers comprehensive commercial real estate services including corporate services, investment sales, tenant representation, construction management, project management, asset management, and the sale and leasing of office, industrial and retail properties. To learn more, visit www.thalhimer.com or follow @Thalhimer on Twitter.

Independently Owned and Operated / A Member of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance

About Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that helps clients transform the way people work, shop, and live. Our 45,000 employees in more than 70 countries help occupiers and investors optimize the value of their real estate by combining our global perspective and deep local knowledge with an impressive platform of real estate solutions. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest commercial real estate services firms with revenue of $6 billion across core services of agency leasing, asset services, capital markets, facility services (C&W Services), global occupier services, investment & asset management (DTZ Investors), project & development services, tenant representation, and valuation & advisory. 2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Cushman & Wakefield brand. 100 years of taking our clients’ ideas and putting them into action. To learn more, visit www.cushwakecentennial.com, www.cushmanwakefield.com or follow @CushWake on Twitter.

For Further Information Contact:

Edward D. Mitchell
Managing Director
Devon USA LLC
+1 804 643-3187 x 231
emitchell@devonusa.com

Evan M. Magrill, SIOR
Executive Vice President
+1 804 697 3435
evan.magrill@thalhimer.com

Spectrum Transformation Group Breaks Ground on New Facility at Stonebridge

Spectrum Transformation Group, LLC, a behavioral outpatient treatment provider specializing in the treatment of autism, has broken ground on a new 7,200 square foot facility in Stonebridge in Chesterfield County.

Breaking Ground for the New Spectrum Transformation Group Facility

Stonebridge began as a public-private partnership between Chesterfield County Economic Development Authority and Crosland Southeast to transform the former Cloverleaf Mall site into a multimillion-dollar retail, residential and commercial center. The project was named “Best Public-Private Partnership Project in Virginia” by Virginia Business Magazine in 2011.

Spectrum Ground Breaking at Stonebridge in Chesterfield County

S2 Stonebridge Associates LLC, acquired the center in 2016 with the vision to develop the pad sites and enhance the community.  It recently completed the fifth of six buildings, an 8,400-square foot mixed use building.

Newly Completed 8,400-square foot Mixed Use Building

“S2 Capital Partners is excited to continue to work to bring additional development to the Stonebridge Shopping Center neighborhood. We look forward to partnering with the new facility on future opportunities that will further enrich and engage the local community” said George Stewart, Principal.

In addition to the new Spectrum Transformation Group building, the Richmond Volleyball Club and Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department will soon occupy a new 50,000 square foot facility in Stonebridge. That new building is adjacent to Element at Stonebridge, the luxury apartment community in the development.

New 50,000 square foot Facility for Richmond Volleyball Club and Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation

The investments made to date in Stonebridge have encouraged significant additional private investment all along eastern Midlothian Turnpike, transforming this key retail and commercial corridor into a vibrant community.

“We are so glad to welcome another great business to Stonebridge,” said Board of Supervisors member, Leslie Haley. “This latest investment in the Stonebridge development continues the momentum of one of the most successful public-private redevelopment partnerships in the region!”

ABOUT SPECTRUM TRANSFORMATION GROUP
Spectrum Transformation Group is the first licensed Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Outpatient Treatment provider in Virginia under the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). It is one of the only clinical practices of its kind in the state where the primary focus is on autism and the most effective, research–based tools to diagnose and treat it. Spectrum Transformation Group’s “medical home” approach offers a single source for everything from case management to advocacy support to treatment and diagnosis. Its mission is to be a learning organization using evidence-based practices to promote full potential.

ABOUT S2 CAPITAL PARTNERS, LLC:
S2 Capital Partners, LLC is comprised of founders and principals Rob Seidel and George Stewart, who have each served Virginia, Maryland, and the greater Washington, DC metro region for more than 30 years. The Stonebridge Shopping Center is a destination retail center located in the heart of the Richmond MSA at Midlothian Turnpike and Chippenham Parkway. The center is comprised of the first Kroger Marketplace in Chesterfield County (123,000 sf) and four retail buildings along and two outparcels totaling 51,816 square feet.

CONTACT
For leasing information at this exciting shopping center, please contact Peter Vick or Harrison Hall at Divaris Real Estate, 804-643-4700.  For more information on the center, including sales information, please contact Rob Seidel, Stewart Commercial Realty Services at 703-395-5600.

Wako Chemicals USA Selected to Participate in Virginia’s VALET Program

Two-year export program provides resources to support international business expansion

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) today announced the acceptance of a Chesterfield County company, Wako Chemicals USA, Inc., into its two-year Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program. The VALET program assists exporters in the Commonwealth that have firmly established domestic operations and are committed to international exporting as a growth strategy. To participate, each business must meet both quantitative and qualitative selection criteria. Participating firms are chosen based on their dedication to growing export sales. To date, 304 Virginia companies have been accepted to participate in the VALET program.

“VALET has provided a vehicle for participating companies to reach global markets and grow their business on a global scale since 2002,” said VEDP President and CEO Stephen Moret. “The benefit of international trade to Virginia’s economy cannot be overstated, and I am confident that with a continued commitment to exporting, these businesses will see a strong return on investment in the coming years.”

Currently, the VALET program has 50 companies as participants. The program provides participating companies with export planning services and assistance from a team of experienced international service providers to help meet their international goals. These private sector service providers contribute essential expertise to assist companies in executing export plans and include attorneys, web designers, bankers, translators, accountants, and freight forwarders.

“The VALET program puts participating companies on the fast track to international business growth by connecting them with the necessary tools for successful international sales,” said Paul Grossman, VEDP Vice President of International Trade. “Since its inception in 2002, the program has worked with more than 300 businesses to accelerate their international sales growth. We are happy to welcome Wako Chemicals USA to VALET and look forward to working with them over the course of the next two years.”

The Commonwealth of Virginia exports more than $34 billion in goods and services annually. Exports of Virginia’s products and services to the world are vital to the growth of the Commonwealth, supporting more than 232,000 jobs and generating $2 billion in tax revenue. VEDP offers numerous programs to assist Virginia companies with selling in the global marketplace and has a network of international market research consultants covering more than 70 countries around the globe.

Wako Chemicals USA, Inc.

The Wako Laboratory Chemicals product line consists of over 10,000 unique antibodies, enzymes, molecular biology kits, organic/inorganic chemicals and analytical standards, and 30.000 general research reagents. Its mission, to provide high-quality, high-purity reagents to the research community, has been faithfully maintained through more than 90 years of long-standing tradition and commitment to excellence in the support of all fields of scientific study and development. For more information, please visit http://www.e-reagent.com

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995 to encourage, stimulate, and support the development and expansion of the economy of the Commonwealth. To accomplish its objectives of promoting economic expansion within the Commonwealth, the Partnership focuses its efforts on business recruitment, expansion and international trade.

For more information on the VALET Program, visit http://exportvirginia.org/services/programs-grants/

Publix Announces 2nd New Store Location in Chesterfield County

Today Publix Super Markets Inc. announced it has closed on a new store location in Chesterfield County, Va.  The Publix at Cosby Village will be located at the northeast corner of Otterdale Road and Hull Street. The 50,000 square foot store will include a drive-thru pharmacy and is part of a new commercial development to include an additional 17,700 feet of retail space. Harris Development Partners serves as the developer.


This store marks the second location for Publix in Chesterfield County and will be the first Publix to be built from the ground-up within the county. An opening date has not been established for this location. The first Chesterfield County store will open on Nov. 4, 2017, 7 a.m., at Harbour Point Shopping Center in Midlothian. The store will employ approximately 140 associates.

“We look forward to our continued expansion across the region and bringing Publix’s premier service and quality products to Chesterfield County,” said Kim Reynolds, Publix media and community relations manager. “We’d like to thank Chesterfield County and its Board of Supervisors and are excited to be part of this great community.”

“We are so pleased that Publix has decided to build a new store in Chesterfield County. This will complement other store renovations in the area. The location at Cosby Village will bring high-quality products and services to western Hull Street Corridor residents,” said Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Steve Elswick. “On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I am excited to welcome Publix to our community and look forward to their future success.”

“We are thrilled to develop this project for Publix,” said Asa Harris, President of Harris Development Partners. “We would like to thank Chesterfield County Economic Development and Main Street Homes for their partnership in making this project a reality.”

Publix currently operates six stores within greater Richmond.

Publix is privately owned and operated by its 188,000 employees, with 2016 sales of $34 billion. Currently Publix has 1,155 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 20 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com.

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HOPS in the PARK 2017

On Saturday, November 11th, 2017, The Citie of Henricus opens its doors to the public for the third annual HOPS in the PARK Harvest Festival, to benefit the Henricus Historical Park and The Old Dominion Hops Cooperative.

For more information about the event visit, http://hopsinthepark.com.

 

 

Governor Announces New Matoaca Mega Site in Chesterfield

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Joins
Chesterfield Officials for Mega Site Announcement

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe joined the Economic Development Authority of Chesterfield to announce the acquisition of 1,675 acres of prime real estate in the county to be used to attract a large industrial manufacturing company that could bring 5,000-10,000 direct and supplier jobs and billions of dollars in investments to Chesterfield County.

“I am pleased to take part in announcing the creation of a significant new economic asset that will drive job creation and economic activity for Chesterfield and the Richmond region,” said Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. “This site gives Virginia something unique and allows us to compete for projects on a level we haven’t had before.”

Mega sites are project locations capable of attracting large automotive, aerospace and other advanced manufacturing plants. These projects often bring 2,500-5,000 well-paying direct jobs and up to 10,000 total jobs, including quality jobs from suppliers.

“The Board of Supervisors is excited by the opportunity to attract another high-quality manufacturing company to Chesterfield County,” said Board Chair Dorothy Jaeckle. “While the Board and Planning Commission will conduct a thorough review of the rezoning application with input from residents, I am confident we can make this happen in a way that protects the character of the communities near the site. Certainly, this will have less impact than the 5,000 residential units allowed under the current zoning,” Jaeckle said.

The Matoaca Mega Site was previously the location for Branner Station, a proposed mixed-use development including 5,000 housing units. That project was discontinued during the last recession.

“A large advanced manufacturing facility of this scale brings so many benefits to the communities where they locate,” said Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Designee Kirk Cox, who represents the district in which the site is located. “This can bring thousands of high-paying jobs, but we will need to work closely with our educational partners in the area to ensure the workforce training programs are in place. Fortunately, we have outstanding education partners in the area at all levels.” said Cox.

“This mega-site announcement is another piece of the international supply chain infrastructure that we are building in Virginia to support large scale manufacturing and job creation,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO of the Virginia Port Authority. “The strategic location in Chesterfield County, near the Richmond Marine Terminal and I-95 takes advantage of the value and global reach of the port, will encourage growth, and enhances The Port of Virginia’s position as the East Coast’s global gateway.”

The President of the Greater Richmond Partnership, Barry Matherly said, “The Matoaca Mega Site will be a game changer for the Greater Richmond Region. It will enable the region to compete in an arena which we have not in the past. The jobs and additional investment opportunities that a major project attracted to this site can bring will benefit to all.”

Dr. Edward “Ted” Raspiller, President of John Tyler Community College described the importance of preparing the workforce for advanced manufacturing jobs. He said, “Building a strong, responsive workforce to meet business and industry needs in sectors such as advanced manufacturing is a top priority for John Tyler Community College. At our Chester Campus, located in close proximity to the Matoaca Mega Site, we prepare our students for these in-demand jobs through programs that provide hands-on learning in high-tech labs and lead to industry certifications and licensures. We look forward to partnering with the companies interested in this new site and to providing them with a well-prepared workforce.”

The project is currently zoned for residential use and will need to be rezoned to industrial use. The EDA has already submitted the rezoning application. Industrial use is consistent with the County’s Comprehensive Plan for the site.

Matoaca Mega Site Project Description

Located in the southeast part of Chesterfield County, the proposed Matoaca Mega Site includes 1,675 acres currently zoned for residential use. The site was rezoned residential in 2007 as part of the Branner Station Project. When the economy suffered the large downturn, the residential project was no longer viable and has sat vacant since that time. The Comprehensive Land Use Plan now shows the parcel is intended to be used as Regional Mixed Use/Corporate Office/Research & Development/Industrial. The Chesterfield County Economic Development Authority currently holds an option on the parcels and is applying to conditionally rezone the entire property to I-3 as part of a strategy to attract a major employer to the region.

The major employers currently targeted by the Economic Development Authority require a site within a convenient drive of a well-educated and prepared workforce, higher education facilities, and an international airport, and that is served by highway and a major north American railroad. They also require a minimum of 1,500 acres to assure that their facility is properly buffered from existing or proposed residential communities. The subject site meets these and other site criteria typically used to evaluate the potential for landing a major employer of the quality targeted by the Economic Development Authority. The plan proposed by Chesterfield County and the Economic Development Authority has been vetted by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and creates a very unique opportunity for the future.

The property, as currently zoned, would allow for thousands of single family homes to be constructed before significant upgrades to the County utility and road infrastructure were required. Preliminary calculations suggest the proposed use will generate less traffic than if the site were developed within the current zoning designation. The Chesterfield County Economic Development Authority intends to construct necessary sewer, water, and road infrastructure, consistent with County Thoroughfare Plan and Overall Utility Master Plan, commensurate with the schedule of the major employer. Not only will this infrastructure allow for the creation of thousands of jobs, the existing citizens of Chesterfield County will benefit from the upgraded infrastructure.

Virginia has not been seriously considered for any of the large-scale automotive, aerospace, or other advanced manufacturing companies projects in recent years because we lack a site with close proximity to a large labor force. The Matoaca Mega Site will be Virginia’s best opportunity to utilize the unique characteristics of this site to attract a major employer to central Virginia.

Interested individuals may sign up for notifications and project updates at MatoacaMegaSite.com.

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Contact:
Garrett Hart, Director, Chesterfield Economic Development (804) 318-8550, hartga@chesterfield.gov

 

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College Connection Extends River City Sportsplex Contract Through 2022

River City Sportsplex will be home to the Shooting Star Field Hockey Tournament through 2022, thanks to recently signed contracts that extended the Thanksgiving weekend event from a three-year to a six-year agreement. This agreement will make the Shooting Star Field Hockey Tournament the largest multi-year contract signed in the facility’s history.

Shooting Star is a competitive youth field hockey tournament showcase, featuring club teams, travel teams and individual player “house” teams in age groups U12 through U19. Teams come from coast to coast to play in this three-day event for top-level competition and excellent visibility to the 170+ NCAA collegiate coaches in attendance.  Though entering its third year at River City Sportsplex, 2017 will be the first College Connection Shooting Star tournament under Chesterfield County operation.

“College Connection is excited to join Chesterfield County and River City Sportsplex for the long term,” said Pam Hixon, president of College Connection. “We are impressed with the facility and chose to extend our commitment with Chesterfield due to the county’s vision and attention to detail at the facility. River City Sportsplex will continue to provide Shooting Star teams, families and college coaches from across the U.S., and internationally, with great experiences.”

College Connection joins an ever-growing group of local, regional and national tournament organizers who have recently signed future tournament contracts with River City Sportsplex.

“We are thrilled to extend our partnership and continue hosting the Shooting Star Field Hockey Tournament in Chesterfield through 2022,” said Dr. James Worsley, parks and recreation director.  “River City Sportsplex is a perfect fit for this event, and we’re excited to welcome the many athletes, parents and coaches for many years to come.”

The Shooting Star tournament holds the title as the largest field hockey tournament in Chesterfield County with 174 teams competing in the tournament in 2016. For the 2017 event, Shooting Star is expected to have a full tournament slate of 186 teams.

“The Shooting Star Field Hockey Tournament has provided a significant economic impact boost for the Richmond Region – particularly for our hotel community – over Thanksgiving weekend, which has historically been a low weekend for hotel occupancy,” said Danielle Vincenti, senior sports development manager for Richmond Region Tourism. “Extending this event through 2022 means the region will reap those economic benefits for years to come.”

The Shooting Star Tournament returns to River City Sportsplex November 24-26, 2017.

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About College Connection – College Connection provides quality field hockey programming for athletes who have a desire to learn, enjoy and excel in their sport! Whether participants are beginners, elite, recreational or college bound prospects; we have a program to help you take your game to the next level.

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CCL inks contracts with River City Sportsplex through 2020

River City Sportsplex will play host to the Club Champions League College Showcase through 2020 thanks to recently signed contracts by the Club Champions League (CCL).

This is the second multi-year contract signing for River City Sportsplex following the February announcement of Corrigan Sports Enterprises signing contracts for their events through 2020.

The CCL develops a December and February edition of the CCL College Showcase. Unique to CCL, the College Showcase events are league matches under the club-versus-club format where players can also show off their talents in hopes of being discovered by college coaches.

River City Sportsplex has played host to both of these events the past few years but did not have any future events scheduled at the complex following the most recent event in February.

Brian Kuk, CCL Executive Director said, “River City Sportsplex under Chesterfield County’s ownership was a huge upgrade, and we look forward to working with the county for our College Showcase events for years to come.”

About the CCL — The CCL offers superior competition, a model for player development and a governing board made up of professional soccer directors.  The Club Champions League strives to activate and accelerate youth soccer development through it

Atlantic Constructors Expanding in Chesterfield County

$3 million project supports growth in prefabrication & modular construction services

Atlantic Constructors, Inc., (ACI) the region’s leading commercial and industrial contractor with offices in Richmond, Roanoke and Hampton Roads, is currently undergoing a $3 million expansion to enlarge its fabrication facility in Chesterfield County from 100,000 to 130,000 square feet. The project, which is scheduled for completion in July 2017, enables ACI to seize a competitive edge with its prefabrication and modular construction capabilities.

With the expansion, ACI is adding a significant amount of fabrication capacity, including increased overhead crane capacity, to meet the growing customer demand for “off-jobsite” assemblies and prefabrication. ACI fabricates the ductwork, piping, plumbing and steelwork to the client’s exact specifications while work at the client’s construction site is underway. The finished ACI products are then delivered to the job site in a ready-to-install state, increasing quality control and minimizing on-site installation time.

“A 30 percent increase in size allows us to have all of our fabrication services under one roof, which will result in greater efficiency, quality and cost-effectiveness for our customers,” said Terrance Kerner, President of ACI. “We are passionate about providing something extraordinary in terms of innovative and quality solutions for our clients. This expansion is a big step toward achieving our strategic goal to be positioned as the Mid-Atlantic region’s contractor of choice.”

“We are extremely pleased that Atlantic Constructors has made this new three-million-dollar investment in their facility here in the Bermuda District in Chesterfield County. Atlantic Constructors is a top-quality employer that truly lives their mission of being Extraordinary through Innovation, Collaboration, and Diversity,” said Dorothy Jaeckle, Chair, Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. “We appreciate Atlantic Constructors’ commitment to continued growth and we look forward to the new jobs this growth will bring to our community. Atlantic Constructors has been a great corporate community partner and we congratulate them on this expansion and wish them continued success.”

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 550 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com.

Contact: Eddie Williams, Director of Marketing, Atlantic Constructors
Phone: 804-523-8795
Email: eddie.williams@acibuilds.com

Contact: Tina Shreve, Senior Project Manager, Chesterfield Economic Development
Phone: 804-318-8550
Email: shrevet@chesterfield.gov

 

 

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Chesterfield EDA Welcomes Richmond Volleyball Club to Stonebridge

The Economic Development Authority (EDA) of Chesterfield County is pleased to welcome Richmond Volleyball Club (RVC) to Chesterfield County. The EDA will build and lease to RVC approximately 50,000 square feet of a new indoor sports facility in Stonebridge. Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department will also lease 5,000 square feet of the building for additional community programs and services. The new facility will be located at 200 Karl Linn Drive, Chesterfield County, Virginia and is expected to be operational by January 2018.

Richmond Volleyball Club is excited by the growth opportunity this additional location can provide. This Chesterfield County location will offer the club’s current members and guests convenient access to RVC. Darcy Carroll, Executive Director states, “We are thrilled at the opportunity to collaborate with Chesterfield County Economic Development and Parks and Recreation. We hope to introduce more individuals to the sport of volleyball. To many, it may be a new sport that they have not considered. This additional facility will allow us the opportunity to grow our programs tremendously.”

“We are so glad to welcome the Richmond Volleyball Club to Chesterfield.” Said Board of Supervisors Chair, Dorothy Jaeckle. “This public-private partnership between the Economic Development Authority of Chesterfield and the Richmond Volleyball Club is the latest for the Stonebridge development, one of the most successful public-private redevelopment partnerships in the region!”

“The Richmond Volleyball Club is such a great organization and runs such great youth programs, we are thrilled to have our Parks and Recreation department partnering with them to bring additional services and programs to our citizens.” Said Leslie Haley, Vice Chair, and Board of Supervisor for the Midlothian District. “The economic impact on the eastern Midlothian area from people visiting this facility for daily events and weekend tournaments will be tremendous!” she added.

For the past 35 years, RVC has helped residents in the Richmond region maintain an active lifestyle throughout their life by offering year-round programs for adults and juniors. Growing from one four-court facility into two facilities (with a combined 20 courts), RVC has been a home away from home for more than 3,000 members and a champion for the growth of volleyball in central Virginia.

Richmond Volleyball Club has almost 400 visitors daily, participating in adult leagues and junior development programs. RVC supports 140 USA Volleyball and recreational junior teams annually.  They currently host around 51 teams on any given weekend with 57% of those teams traveling from more than 60 miles away.  This new facility will allow RVC to increase their one-day tournaments, which occur almost every weekend from January to May, by approximately 32 teams each day.

RVC also hosts more than 10,000 junior players, coaches, and spectators twice a year in two major tournaments, the combined Boys’ East Coast Championships/Girls’ South Atlantic Championships, and the Monument City Classic. These tournaments are held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and their current Henrico County location. Those two tournaments alone generate approximately $9 million dollars in positive economic impact. “We look forward to now being able to expand these tournaments. In the past, we’ve had to limit the number of entries and look forward to opening it up to more teams,” remarked Skip Weston, Director of Programs and Facilities.

“Sports tourism has been a huge economic driver for the Richmond Region in recent years, totaling more than half of our events bookings. Facilities are the number one factor in attracting lucrative tournaments to the area,” according to Jack Berry, President & CEO of Richmond Region Tourism. “The new space at Stonebridge is an exciting addition to the Richmond Region’s sports tourism offerings.”

In addition to RVC, the Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department will also have access to portions of the facility for programming and other services. The Parks and Recreation Department will use approximately 5,000 square feet of the building to hold classes for a variety of groups. Dr. James Worsley, Parks and Recreation Director, is enthusiastic about the partnership. “We are looking forward to being able to add an additional site for programs, the growing senior population in Chesterfield County will benefit from this cooperative effort with the Economic Development Authority and the Richmond Volleyball Club.”

Parks and Recreation is proposing to utilize the dedicated space to provide programs for primarily older adults. These programs include classes, workshops, fitness programs, and special events. In addition to the senior programming scheduled for the facility, Parks and Recreation staff would also make use of the location for community programs, pre-school activities and youth programming.

RVC and Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation will be the newest tenants to locate in Stonebridge. Stonebridge is a successful mixed use revitalization project which is home to Kroger Marketplace, one of the company’s largest stores in the mid-Atlantic region; the Elements at Stonebridge, a Boyd Homes’ luxury apartment community; and the Shops at Stonebridge.

“Boyd Homes is excited to see Stonebridge continue to grow as a key place to Live, Work, and Play in Chesterfield County. The new volleyball facility will bring new consumers into our community and expand the vitality of this community. This will also provide new recreational and entertainment opportunities to our residents.” says David S. Rudiger, President/General Counsel for Boyd Homes.

Stonebridge was a public-private partnership between the Economic Development Authority and Crosland, Southeast to transform the former Cloverleaf Mall site into a multimillion-dollar retail, residential and commercial center. The project was named “Best Public-Private Partnership Project in Virginia” by Virginia Business Magazine in 2011.

Stonebridge was recently acquired by S2 Capital Partners, LLC. Company officials have expressed their commitment to continue to invest in the project with another potential 15,600 square feet of retail development. “S2 Capital Partners is excited to welcome this regional volleyball facility to the Stonebridge Shopping Center neighborhood. We look forward to partnering with the new facility on future opportunities that will further enrich and engage the local community” said Rob Seidel, Principal.

The investments made to date in Stonebridge have encouraged significant additional private investment all along eastern Midlothian Turnpike, such as the renovation of the adjacent Chippenham Square Shopping Center and the redevelopment of the former Beaufont Mall into Spring Rock Green, transforming this key retail and commercial corridor into a vibrant community.

The project builds upon recent development and expansion of facilities in the region. Richmond SportsBackers’ executive director, Jon Lugbill, said, “Chesterfield County continues to build sports facilities that not only provide awesome recreational opportunities for local residents to promote healthy living, but also provide economic impact through sports tourism. Our region continues to expand on its already impressive array of sports tourism events and one of the primary reasons for this growth is the construction of high quality sports facilities.  Chesterfield County continues to benefit from working together with local non-profit sports organizations to grow sports tournaments that generate funds to aid local youth sports programs and serve more kids.”

 

ABOUT RICHMOND VOLLEYBALL CLUB:
Richmond Volleyball Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing athletes of all ages for amateur volleyball competition. RVC is Richmond’s oldest sports & social club and has the largest, volleyball-dedicated facilities in the country. Since 1981, RVC has championed the growth of volleyball in central Virginia. RVC is social, fun and family with year-round volleyball programs for ages 3 – 73.

ABOUT BOYD HOMES:
For over 35 years. Boyd Homes has been creating communities full of heart and life. Boyd Homes builds and develops residential communities in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. They are well known in the industry as an innovative builder/developer who is dedicated to using appealing exterior designs and floor plans that maximize usable space.

ABOUT S2 CAPITAL PARTNERS, LLC:
S2 Capital Partners, LLC is comprised of founders and principals Rob Seidel and George Stewart, who have each served Virginia, Maryland, and the greater Washington, DC metro region for more than 30 years. Starting in 2014, S2 Capital Partners, LLC has acquired four shopping centers with a value of approximately $31 million and the goal of significantly increasing value through repositioning, redevelopment and releasing of each property. S2’s acquisition focus is on $10-$15 million grocery-anchored/shadow anchored retail centers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

 

CONTACTS

Economic Development Authority of Chesterfield
Contact: Garrett Hart
Phone: (804) 318-8550
Email: HartGA@chesterfield.gov

Richmond Volleyball Club
Contact: Jonnie Stone
Phone: (804)358-3000
Email: jonnie@RVC.net

Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation
Contact: James Worsley
Phone: (804) 748-1079
Email: WorsleyJ@chesterfield.gov