Collins townhouse architecture reviewed by ARB

September 4, 2015

Art Collins and his development company are almost complete with the demolition of the old Riverside Terrace apartments on Newport Ave.  He is replacing the old apartments with a mixture of apartments, townhouses, and condos.

The Watermark Apartments are currently under construction on Newport Ave and the designs were approved some months ago with significant civic league involvement.

Already approved Watermark Apartment elevations

Already approved Watermark Apartment elevations

Collins is now moving forward with the design and construction of the first three townhouse buildings.  As a requirement of the zoning, the design and architecture of these buildings must be reviewed by the Architectural Review Board and the Norfolk Planning Commission.

On September 3, 2015 the Norfolk Architectural Review Board reviewed the plans and architecture of the first three townhouse buildings to be built at Westport Commons.  They recommended approval of the designs with a condition that the windows be double hung rather than single hung.  The Planning Commission will review the designs on September 8, 2015.

Townhouse buildings 1, 2, and 3 towards the upper right are currently being designed and almost ready for construction

Townhouse buildings 1, 2, and 3 towards the upper right are currently being designed and almost ready for construction

westport front

Front elevation of the proposed townhouses. The exterior materials are mostly brick and fiber cement. No vinyl siding is proposed or allowed.

Rear elevation of the proposed Westport Commons Townhouses.

Rear elevation of the proposed Westport Commons Townhouses.

First floor plan of the proposed Westport Commons Townhomes.

First floor plan of the proposed Westport Commons Townhomes.

Second floor plan of the proposed Westport Commons Townhomes.

Second floor plan of the proposed Westport Commons Townhomes.

Third floor plan of the proposed Westport Commons Townhomes.

Third floor plan of the proposed Westport Commons Townhomes.

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Updated Apartment and Townhouse designs from Collins

January 16, 2015

Please remember to come to the meeting on January 20, 2015 at the Fitness and Wellness Center at 6:30pm to view the designs and provide input. This will likely be the last chance to provide input before the project goes before Planning Commission and City Council.

The apartments and townhouses are planned to be constructed on Newport Ave, just north of Granby Elementary.

SOME CHANGES FROM THEIR LAST PRESENTATION:

1.  The max height of the apartments is going from 47ft to 49ft

2.  The max height of the Condominiums is going from 43’8″ to 49ft.

illustrated siteplan

Apartment Amenities

Apartment Amenities

Community Gathering Space

Community Gathering Space

Main Entrance and Pocket Park

Main Entrance and Pocket Park

Wooded Trail and Pool Area

Wooded Trail and Pool Area

Trail Connection

Trail Connection

Revised Apartment Elevations

Revised Apartment Elevations

Exterior Finish Materials

Exterior Finish Materials

The entire PDF packet can be seen here.


Collins to present final proposal at special meeting on January 20 at Fitness and Wellness Center

January 11, 2015
Proposed Site Plan including apartments to the bottom right and townhouses to the left

Proposed Site Plan including apartments to the bottom right and townhouses to the left

Collins Enterprises will present their final version of their apartment / townhouse / condo plan to be constructed on Newport Ave just north of Granby Elementary.

The meeting will be on January 20, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Fitness and Wellness Center.  The meeting is a joint meeting of the Wards Corner Civic League and Talbot Hall Civic League.  The public is invited to attend.

The meeting starts at 6:30pm and each civic league will take a vote during the meeting to advise the planning commission and city council on their support and concerns about the project.

Updated designs will be posted to Wards Corner Now prior to the meeting.  Please attend and let your concerns be known.

 


Collins applies to build apartments rather than condos

June 11, 2010

Collins LLC, the developer of WestPort Commons (formerly known as WaterMark) on Newport Ave, just north of Granby Elementary, has applied to the City for a siteplan change.  The application is being made because Collins wants to build apartments rather than condos.  Collins blames the market for condos and condo financing on the need to change. The original siteplan called for six small condo buildings closest to Newport Ave and three larger condo buildings closer to the river.  One small condo building has been built thus far on the northeast corner of the property.  The change in siteplan will need to be approved by City Council.

Original Siteplan - shows six small condo buildings nearest Newport Ave and three large condo buildings toward the river

Original Siteplan - shows six small condo buildings nearest Newport Ave and three large condo buildings toward the river

The application that has been filed indicates that Collins wants to combine four of the original small condo buildings into one large apartment complex.  The apartment building will be situated against Newport Ave.

Collins Apartments - Collins now proposes putting a large apartment building where four small condo buildings were to be built

Collins Apartments - Collins now proposes putting a large apartment building where four small condo buildings were to be built

The apartments are to be called “The Landmark at Talbot Park”  and will include 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units.  As currently planned the apartments will not include a pool, tennis courts, or a clubhouse.

The Landmark at Talbot Park - Elevation from Newport Ave

The Landmark at Talbot Park - Elevation from Newport Ave

Collins presented their proposed plan at the May Wards Corner Taskforce meeting.  Some concerns that have been pointed out by those in attendance are: lack of amenities (pool, clubhouse, tennis courts), the appearance of one large, long, 4-story wall on Newport Ave, that Collins promised condos but now wants apartments, and the lack of greenspace.

The portion of the property closest to the river is not being developed at this time and the siteplan for that are will more than likely change in the future.

Please see our July 11, 2008 article titled “WestPort Commons Update” for information about the original plan for the development.

Representatives from Collins will be at the Wards Corner Now meeting on June 19, 2010 at 8:30am at the Fitness and Wellness Center on Newport Ave.  If you have questions or concerns regarding this development, please attend.


VP article on WestPort Commons

September 16, 2008

Wards Corner Now previously reported on WestPort Commons back in July in an article “WestPort Commons update“.

Today, the Virginian-Pilot has an article, “Wards Corner condo project to take the place of apartments“.

There is nothing groundbreaking in the article.  Here are a few select quotes:

With prices starting at $150,000 and topping out at $350,000, the $60 million project on Newport Avenue should appeal to buyers of many incomes, Collins said.

Debra Almeter, of Coastal Group Inc., which is marketing the 32-unit Riverpoint project, said interest, but not sales, in the condos has picked up in recent weeks. In the 10 months since the project opened, she has sold one condo and has contracts pending for two others.


WestPort Commons update

July 11, 2008

Collins, LLC is currently constructing the first building in their redevelopment of the old Riverside Terrace apartments into the new WestPort Commons condominiums (formerly known as WaterMark) at the intersection of Newport Ave and Warren St.  They expect their first building, pictured to the right, to be complete in early October and have received 30-40 inquiries already.

Their second building will be constructed just west of the current construction site in the area that has already been cleared.  The units in the first building average 1500 – 1600sq. ft.  The units in the second building are expected to be smaller so that the price point can be in the sub 200s.   Those schematics have just been started.

The next apartment building that Collins, LLC expects to demolish is the building that fronts Newport Ave that includes the current leasing office.  Demolition is tentatively scheduled for the beginning of 2009.

The realignment of Warren St is in the works as well.  Collins plans on narrowing the street and adding landscaping to reduce concrete and increase green space.

All units are still scheduled to be condos, not apartments.  Collins, LLC will be seeking a rezoning from multifamily to PD (Planned Development).  The stated purpose of this request is so that 20% more units can be built into the development.  Councilman Winn and Councilwoman Whibley have met with the developer and indicated that a condition of any increase in density would be the creation of workforce housing.  The change in zoning will need to be approved by City Council.

The increased density would also include the reduction from 1.9 parking spots per unit to 1.6.  The original plan for the development included a public walkway around the river side of the property.  Complaints from residents at the Landings at Bolling Square, another Collins project, have caused the developer to have second thoughts.

The above information was provided by Collins, LLC via telephone and at the July Wards Corner Taskforce meeting.


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