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For Nadia Anderson, owner of Virginia Grace events planning, the 300-square-foot office suite at The Highpoint on West Broad Street in Scott’s Addition was the right size and in the right location — just a couple of blocks from her apartment.

For Trey Tyler, owner and founder of architecture illustration and animation firm RenderSphere, the 1,000-square-foot suite at The Highpoint was the right size for his growing operation.

“We more than doubled our square footage,” said Tyler, who said the company’s offices were previously located in a detached brick garage in the Fan District neighborhood.

Anderson said she previously worked in an office in a house that she has put up for sale.

“I like the community of folks we are building here,” she said about The Highpoint. “I got an apartment two blocks away when I knew I would be here so that I could walk to work. I wanted the convenience.”

After $1.85 million in renovations, The Highpoint at 3300 W. Broad St. is open and fully leased.

The building had been used by the former Sea Dream Leather and has the big Bernie Sanders mural on the outside.

Tenants have been in the building since spring. A grand opening event/open house is Saturday.

The Highpoint Collective LLC purchased the 17,538-square-foot building in Scott’s Addition in 2012 for $600,000. Small-business owner David Morrison, taxidermist Robert Olson and jewelry designer Claire Accardo are partners in the collective. Morrison and Accardo manage the day-to-day operations.

“The path took five years with no small number of setbacks,” Morrison said. “But the response has been overwhelming, and we couldn’t be more excited.”

The 20-plus studio spaces range in size from about 120 square feet to 2,467 square feet. In addition, there is a commercial kitchen, a classroom space with audiovisual projection equipment, a gallery space that can be rented for special events and a small soundproof music practice room.

Courthouse Creek Cider, a Goochland County cidery, has leased space for a two-level tasting room in the rear of the building, with an entrance at the back of the building.

Other tenants include Claybrook Pottery, Pure Roots Nutrition, Emily Warden Design, Photosynthesis Floral Design, Frozen in Flight Taxidermy, Communication Design Inc., Don Mears and Lindsay Mears photo studios, artist Rob Carter’s photography and video animation workspace and others.

Builder A M King, based in Charlotte, N.C., recently announced that work on the new divisional headquarters and distribution center in Dinwiddie County for no-frills German grocery retailer Aldi has been completed.

The 562,500-square-foot facility is located at 6801 Aldi Way in North Dinwiddie, on a parcel at U.S. 460 and U.S. 1 that is near one of Amazon’s fulfillment centers.

The facility will serve approximately 70 to 80 Aldi stores in the Richmond and Hampton Roads area and in eastern North Carolina. Aldi operates 11 stores in the Richmond region.

The $57 million project is expected to create about 200 jobs.

Home Depot helps spruce up facility

Dozens of Home Depot employees painted walls, replaced electrical outlets and lighting fixtures, hung cabinets, replaced floors, landscaped and more last week in a project to help a local aid agency that does outreach to veterans, the homeless and others.

The Home Depot Foundation partnered with Mercy Mall of Virginia, a free thrift boutique, to make repairs at the Guardians Hope Center at 500 Baptist Drive in Chester.

Stacy Lane and Chris Lane founded the outreach center in 2016 after the shooting death of their oldest son. The center is located on a 40-acre property in southern Chesterfield County.

The center is in a legal battle with Chesterfield County over appropriate use of the compound, which was initially envisioned as a Bible college by the owner, who is allowing the Lanes to use the property for free. The compound has dormitories, laundry facilities, a church, dining hall and a handful of outbuildings on tree-shaded grounds.

County officials have said the Lanes’ plans require a rezoning. The Lanes maintain they are trying to help some of the community’s neediest residents.

Southern States renovating

Southern States Cooperative is planning $530,000 in interior improvements at its headquarters building at 6606 W. Broad St. in Henrico County.

A building permit issued Aug. 15 lists the construction contractor as Patriot Commercial Contractors Inc.

A Southern States spokesman said the renovations will be to the portion of the building that cooperative occupies and will create a modern, open office concept space to enhance collaboration.

Southern States, founded in 1923, operates 1,200 retail outlets in 21 states.

Here are other recent building permits issued. Dollar amounts might not reflect the entire cost of a project.

  • Collegiate School, 103 N. Mooreland Road, $305,000, issued Aug. 16.
  • Publix store at 7035 Three Chopt Road in the Village shopping center, $4.266 million, issued Aug. 15. KBS Inc. is the contractor.
  • Facility for Polytec Inc., 2001 Bermuda Hundred Road, $349,231, issued Aug. 16. Emerald Construction Co. is the contractor.
  • Tenant upfit to relocate in new space, includes electrical, plumbing and mechanical and combines units 174, 178, 182 and 186, Victoria’s Secret at 11500 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield Towne Center, $460,000, issued Aug 15. Elite Retail Services Inc. is the contractor.
  • Tenant upfit for
  • PIEtech, 15521 Midlothian Turnpike, $222,742, issued Aug. 18. J.A. Heisler Contracting is the contractor.

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