Development taking shape on north end of Boulevard
By Blake Belden, Staff Writer
Apr 29, 2014, 13:59
BLAKE BELDEN/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT The most recent site plan for the Old Town Creek Center development includes the potential for several businesses and an assisted care living facility, however it is subject to change.
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Major developments are under way on a 7.5-acre property along the Boulevard in Colonial Heights, with long-term goals of introducing numerous retail, professional office and assisted care residential options to the area, according to property owner and developer Joe Tyler.
The first phase of the property’s development houses Green Auto, a used car dealership that has been operating for close to a year, within a 3,000-square-foot building that faces out over the Boulevard.
Since the inception of the Old Town Creek Center Development, located off the 2500 block of Boulevard, the used car lot has reportedly been experiencing good business, Tyler said.
Eventually, the nearly eight acre property will be divided into four parcels, and work is currently being done on the design phase of another building on the site, Tyler said.
This design is intended for office space, which Tyler estimates could hold up to four tenants, and will overlook a creek in the back of the property.
“When that develops, it’s going to look beautiful. It’s probably going to be the best site in there,” Tyler said, emphasizing that the property has gone under the radar, and that probably not many people know what it actually has to offer.
There also lies a parcel adjacent to Green Auto that is pad site ready and already has front parking spaces completed.
The rear parcel comprises the majority of the property, 4.8 acres, with two buildings designed for close to a combined 50,000 square feet, Tyler said in an email.
This portion of the property, which would be the intended spot for the assisted care living and more offices, contains a pocket of trees and a shallow pond that stretches toward the back of the parcel.
The most recent site plan includes almost 60,000 square feet of prospective building development, although this is not definite and subject to change.
Tyler, who owns his own realty business, personally developed and built the building occupied by Green Auto.
Although the first business on the property wasn’t present until less than a year ago, the project’s inception began over five years ago when Tyler first began collaborating with the city to properly zone the area and then about two and a half years ago for the actual physical development phase.
The current goals for the property are subject to change based on market priorities, but Tyler believes an assisted care living facility would fit in pretty well on the site.
“It seems like there is a strong demand in the market for that,” Tyler said.
Tyler said that he hopes to maintain a similar look to all of the buildings that is already exemplified with the look of Green Auto.
“We’d like to stay with the theme we have there, which is brick construction and metal roofing,” Tyler said.
Discussions with engineers and architects are under way, and Tyler said he hopes to begin rendering on the next building within 60-90 days.