Completed (2019)



Richmond, VA
A snippet of a map to Port City Apartments

Project Details

Port City is a $28.6 million pioneering economic development project on the historic Route 1 corridor. Not only is it the largest new residential project in this challenged area, the project includes the largest solar installation in Richmond – which significantly reduces utility costs and lowers the project’s carbon footprint. It is a mixed-income, high-quality, affordable housing development.

Port City provides 135 units of workforce housing (plus another 147 that are planned) along a bus line. The project is income-restricted, serving households with a mix of incomes that range from 40% of the area median income (AMI) to 80% of AMI, with an average AMI of 60%.

The adaptive re-use of six buildings, once the American Tobacco Company leaf processing facility, includes many amenities- too many to list here. The tobacco sheds feature units with an exposed historic timber roof structure and large windows creatively concealed by see-through perforated panels that match the corrugated metal skin of the warehouses.

News & Awards

2019 Historic Richmond Golden Hammer Award - Best Adaptive Reuse O'Neal, J. Elias. "Developer readies first phase of ‘city within a city’ on Jeff Davis Highway". Richmond BizSense. November 6, 2018. Port City Apartments website
Photo Credits: Trevor Davis, Red Door