Libbie Mill - Midtown is RVA's newest, surprising, vibrant, most livable community that forms the heart of the rapidly emerging Midtown area, and winner of:
Libbie Mill will be an 80-acre mixed-use neighborhood between West Broad Street and Staples Mill Road in Henrico County. Gumenick Properties currently estimates that the neighborhood will take approximately seven to 10 years to complete. When completed, the neighborhood will have approximately: 994 for-sale homes; 1,096 apartments; along with approximately 160,000 square feet of retail and office space. Gumenick Properties has relocated its headquarters to Building 4901 in Libbie Mill - Midtown.
The community is designed to be connected, allowing residents to park their cars and stroll to destinations within the community. The community’s “downtown” will feature shops, restaurants, offices, a library and a 2-acre lake, which will serve as a focal point for activities, dining and people watching. Gumenick Properties will install extensive landscaping in the neighborhood that will make Libbie Mill inviting and attractive.
Libbie Mill is located ideally for residents and businesses seeking a “mid-town” location in Henrico that is relatively close to the City of Richmond. The community also is situated near I-64 and other major roads serving the region. During construction, the neighborhood should generate more than 1,000 jobs and sustain about 900 permanent jobs once completed. Economic studies estimate that when finished Libbie Mill will make a positive economic impact on the region. The neighborhood will also enhance the local tax base and upon completion will likely raise the value of nearby properties. Libbie Mill - Midtown is a regional destination due to the businesses and civic uses that will operate there.
Henrico County also has announced plans to build a new public library in the community to be named the Libbie Mill Library. The new three-story library will be located next to the 2-acre lake, creating an attractive gathering place surrounded by residences and shops. The library will have 50,000 to 60,000 square feet of floor space. Gumenick Properties donated the land to Henrico for the new branch.
Initial construction work on Libbie Mill began in summer 2013. This included removal of old water, sewer, and gas lines, as well as preparation for installation of infrastructure, including new gas, electric, water, sewer and telephone lines. Existing roads on the property were closed to public traffic for safety and operational reasons. New streets in new locations will replace existing ones and will be built during the infrastructure construction phase of the project. All activity is authorized under a Plan of Development approved by Henrico County.
The initial site work focused on approximately 35 acres of the parcel, along Jordan’s Branch, a creek on the property’s southern boundary. Development will proceed first towards the southwest and, ultimately, to the north.