Several years ago, developers revived and reutilized an old, unused industrial building running along Boulevard. Keeping the brick shell intact, the building was reutilized as the Movieland Bow Tie Theater, bringing a new multiplex movie theater to the heart of Richmond’s Fan neighborhood. This gave impetus to other developers and prospective buyers to re-examine the richness of existing, empty buildings in the neighborhood across from the Boulevard called Scott’s Addition. Light industrial manufacturing had flourished in Scott’s Addition from 1900s-1950s. As buildings rose up so did a variety of architectural styles— from Bauhaus to Art Deco to Las Vegas Mid Century kitch buildings and signage.
Virtually every building in Scott’s Addition is now renovated, repurposed or in process of being renovated.The Bahaus style Handcraft Dry Cleaning Plant has been restored and improved and is currently ready for new vendors and owners. The Mosley Architecture Firm acquired a large industrial building to which they have added their own style while maintaining an updated and upscale industrial look. An all glass diary has been turned into residential lofts. Some unused lots are being used for new and innovative architecture.
Thoughtful development with highest and best use practices and partnering with the city of Richmond is bringing new energy and vitality to an old and underused neighborhood.