A plan to turn Innsbrook into a massive urban mixed-use development isn’t sitting well with some of the neighbors. David Cummings, a resident of the Cedars at Innsbrook and a board member of the neighborhood’s homeowners association, said the group is speaking out against Highwoods Properties’ push for redevelopment when its plan goes to the planning commission next month, arguing that their concerns about the urbanization of Innsbrook have gone unheeded.
In a letter to Richmond BizSense, Cummings and the Cedars at Innsbrook Homeowners Associationdetailed concerns including the size of the proposed buildings, traffic and density.
“Highwoods has a grand vision for the future of Innsbrook,” the letter said. “Please understand that we have a vision also ‑ of quiet, peaceful, private enjoyment of our homes.”
Highwood’s plans for Innsbrook - a 1,300-acre suburban office campus off of West Broad Street in Glen Allen - call for the development of 415,000 square feet of retail, 1,000 hotel rooms and 6,000 apartment and condo units, along with 3.5 million square feet of office space. The development would take place on 188 acres of Innsbrook over 20 years at an estimated cost of $2.4 billion.
“Just like West Broad Village, which is just a mile away, Highwoods Village would have apartments, retail shops, high-rise commercial office towers, entertainment venues, townhouses, and who knows what within the next 20 years,” the letter said.