By Caleb M. Soptelean
Plans are in the works to bring two warehouses to Chesterfield County in the near future.
They would be located on Bellwood and Willis roads, county officials say.
Devon USA is planning a state-of-the-art facility for the James River Logistics Center on Bellwood Road, said Tina Shreve, a senior project manager with the county planning department. The planned 321,000-square-foot building could be increased to 500,000 square feet depending on the user’s needs, she said.
The planned building is identical in size and scope to a building developed by Devon in 2017 in Ashland and leased by Amazon.com Inc. That project was the largest industrial transaction in the Richmond market last year, a press release states.
A site plan for the Bellwood Road property was approved but it is currently undergoing modification for re-submission, according to the release.
Buildings A and B in the Logistics Center were completed by Devon USA in 2002 and are leased. Building C will close out the industrial park, which will contain 1,133,825 sq. ft. of distribution space. The I-3 heavy industrial zoning allows most commercial and industrial uses including office, warehouse, and manufacturing. The location is in the county’s “Technology Zone,” which features a five-year exemption for the business, professional and occupational license tax and a five-year exemption for machinery and tools tax rebate.
Devon USA has constructed or renovated 1.8 million square feet in Chesterfield County since 1980, and owns distribution warehouses, multifamily communities, industrial development land, and prime agricultural land, according to a release.
A 221,000-square-foot warehouse near Coach and Willis roads is in the site plan process, county planner Steve Tugwell said.
Virginia Beach developer Armada Hoffler submitted plans for the site at 1608 Willis Road in January, according to RichmondBizSense.com. The proposed facility would occupy 27 acres of a 178-acre tract owned by Alstom Power Inc. Armada Hoffler owns several local retail properties, including Dimmock Square and Southgate Square shopping centers in Colonial Heights; Bermuda Crossroads in Chester and the Southshore Shops in Chesterfield County.