We like to find opportunity in quirky places.
Places that other people aren’t paying that much attention to,
but obviously have a lot of potential.
Dave McCormack - Owner
Once home to the oldest continuously existing tobacco market in Virginia, the Planters Warehouse had become a ramshackle building in the Clarksville Historic District. Originally built in 1840, the building had a captivating character that begged for re-use.
We purchased the warehouse from its original owners in 2016 with the intent of renovating it to accommodate 30 market-rate apartments and a restaurant. However, Mother Nature had other plans for the property when Hurricane Michael swept through Virginia in the fall of 2018 and flattened the structure. While we miss the Planters Warehouse and what it could have been, we are excited for the opportunity to create a new building from scratch and pay homage to the original warehouse.
Originally built in 1930, William Byrd High School was once bustling with students in Vinton, Virginia. Vacated in 2010, the school sat empty aside from surplus school equipment being stored there. This building was beaming with historical integrity and had boundless potential, so we purchased it in 2017. With assistance from Roanoke County, Roanoke Economic Development Authority, and historic tax credits, the former school will be restored into The Billy Byrd, a lively loft community offering 85 market-rate apartments. The project will be completed by Spring 2019, with a total investment of $12 million.
Big Trouble, a malting facility and craft distillery, will be housed just across the courtyard from Trapezium Brewing in Old Towne Petersburg, offering its own brandy and tasting room.
The project will be financed in part with a $50,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID) and matching incentives from the City of Petersburg. At the official announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Big Trouble brings together multiple aspects of economic development – agriculture, entrepreneurship, manufacturing, tourism, and community revitalization – in one operation and is another excellent example of leveraging some of the Commonwealth’s greatest assets to build a new Virginia economy.”
Sandwiched between Centre Hill, the YMCA, Mayton Transfer Lofts and Washington St, this odd collection of historic homes seemed too pretty to let it all rot away. In 2008, Waukeshaw began buying properties as they came available, and plans a methodical renovation of those houses in the near future.
Have you heard of Vollis Simpson? Before arriving in Wilson, we hadn’t either. Wilson is seeking to change that, embarking on a multi-million dollar, folk-art branded celebration of this creative genius. This project will house the Visitor Center, two restaurants, a bit of office space and 93 apartments, all in a sprawling old tobacco building once known as the Hi-Dollar warehouse. Waukeshaw is thrilled to be a part of Wilson’s rebirth.