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Craft beer and microbreweries have grown in popularity throughout Virginia over the past few years. That growth has resulted in the creation of hundreds of jobs across the Commonwealth. It did not come easily though. Most Virginia municipalities had strict rules that prohibited the creation of alcoholic beverages within certain zoned districts. Wine and beer that was manufactured in the state was done so in rural or heavily industrialized areas. That started to change a few years ago when cities began seeing the economic opportunities that existed with microbreweries. Alexandria, Richmond, Roanoke, and others updated their zoning districts to allow for smaller operations that produce less than 15,000 barrels of beer or cider to be in more densely populated areas.
One of the most historic sites in downtown Richmond’s Shockoe Slip neighborhood will see a 134,000 square-foot double hotel now that City Council unanimously approved the project after the owner waited two years to successfully receive the special-use permit and assuage concerns about parking and traffic. Apple REIT is partnering with nonprofit First Freedom Center, which commemorates the 1786 Virginia statute that guaranteed religious freedom and was drafted on the site of the future development. A total of 210 rooms will be split between a Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott in a U-shape. The First Freedom Center will erect a monument and have office space in the building. Construction is planned to begin early next year. (more…)
The Williamsburg Pottery, the popular retail destination, has re-opened after a major 17-month reconstruction. The shopping center had fallen into disrepair over the past decade as newer outlet centers and retailers moved into the area. The $30 million renovation has added substantial new retail space which includes a old world marketplace facade spreading across a half-mile facing U.S. 60. (more…)