The last adaptive reuse of historic buildings in the Brown & Williamson plant in the city of Petersburg has broken ground. The project, near Perry and Gill streets, will create 226 mixed-income apartment units with plans to attract artists to the city’s growing creative community.
Named ArtistSpace Loft Apartments, the development will feature a four-story atrium, artist live-work spaces, art galleries and studios. One- and two-bedroom apartments will be available. Other amenities include a fitness center, community room, media room and a swimming pool.
The project is the last piece of a seven-building multi-residential and office development that also includes a 146-unit Perry Street Lofts and 34-unit Cameron Building Lofts, also constructed by KBS.
The project qualified for both historic tax credits and affordable housing tax credits. The project is designed to meet Earthcraft Certified and VHDA requirements. It will take about 22 months to build. The architect is Walter Parks Architects.
Tom Wilkinson of 110 South Perry LLC; Todd Graham, president of The Cameron Foundation and Petersburg Mayor Sam Parham all attended the groundbreaking ceremony. The Cameron Foundation, a Petersburg-based private foundation that supports programs and activities that benefit the city’s residents, led the artist components of the project.