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.
Home to one of the last functioning mills in Virginia, Amherst County will soon see what was Amherst Milling Co., transformed. Built in 1890, the mill was functional until 2017, producing cornmeal and flour. With a dwindling need for a local mill, we purchased the property in 2017 and began the process of converting the site into Camp Trapezium. Coming summer 2019, Camp Trapezium will be a western outpost of our Petersburg brewery. We’re allowing the elements to make their mark on the beer using local flora to influence the fermentation process, ultimately creating wild and sour ales.
Of course, no camp could be complete without lodging. The original home of the mill owners, situated atop the hillside on the property, will become a bed & breakfast with offerings from our on-site farm. Visit us this summer to see the rustic beauty that is Amherst and Camp Trapezium!
When you think of a Virginia country club, you might think of something like Winton, a sprawling 285 acre haven nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. But Winton is not your average country club. The history of this 18th-century manor house and the 283 acres of grounds that come with it have a storied past dating back to 1743 when the land was deeded to its original owner by the King of England, George II.
Amherst County solicited proposals for Winton, and Waukeshaw purchased this property in December 2018 with the intent of continuing the culture of relaxation and enjoyment for all. With a large pool, golf course, historic barn, tennis courts and more, the opportunities are endless. Stay tuned for more details to come on this project!
Meet Old Yellow, Bedford’s original public school, built in 1912. This uniquely beautiful building has sat vacant for over 3o years, until now. With assistance from the Bedford Economic Development Authority, Old Yellow will soon become Bedford’s first boutique hotel with 30 guest rooms. Visitors will be able to experience downtown Bedford like never before, with a tailored experience offering the distinctive character that is Bedford itself. This portion of the project will be completed in Spring 2021!
Just next store lies the Bedford Middle School. This school was built in the 1930s and became vacant in 2018. We’re making sure this stately gem moves right onto its next life by converting it into market-rate apartments. Between the Bedford Lofts and the Bedford Middle School, this little town will have more downtown housing than ever before.
The gymnasium behind the middle school will continue to be used as a gym, with some new programming options for future tenants, visitors and residents.
Just across the James River from Lynchburg lies Madison Heights, a small community with big potential. Luckily for us, Madison Heights is home to the Phelps Road School, which is more of a campus than a single building. This compilation of structures was built from 1925-1966 and remained in use until 1991. Created in the Georgian Revival-style, the property has suffered some degradation during its 30-years vacancy, but we are excited to dive in and restore it to its former glory.
With support from the Amherst County Economic Development Authority, Amherst County, and historic tax credits, we will redevelop the school into 40 market-rate apartments. We expect to offer an old classic with a new purpose in the summer of 2020.
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.