If you didn’t hear the news already, Fountainhead Properties’ South Canal Project received approval from City Council. Richmond BizSense reported the news last week in its “‘Beacon’ to Manchester takes big step forward” article. Fountainhead Properties’ Tom Papa is quoted in the article as saying:
“This is the best piece of property, perhaps, in the city of Richmond,” he said. “Where else do you have riverfront property that’s also canal-front, that is in the entryway to Manchester, which is the greatest growth opportunity location for the city of Richmond?”
Regardless of what you think of the project, it will certainly have a profound impact on the Manchester skyline. According to our online poll on the matter, our readership was overwhelmingly supportive of the project.
The Manchester Alliance, the local neighborhood association for Manchester, was unable to support the project given the lack of an accompanying Plan of Development that gave more details on the proposed towers. City Council approved the project nonetheless. Once the plan of development is submitted for public comment, I have a feeling neighbors will have thoughts to share on the details related to the proposed 16 story towers. In other words, there will be plenty of opportunity for the community to provide feedback before construction begins.