Ground breaking has been set for Richmond’s newest addition to downtown: corporate headquarters for MeadWestvaco. Below are pictures of the site and the renderings for the new buildings. But first, details from Richmond.com:

MeadWestvaco will break ground at the site of the company’s new corporate headquarters in downtown Richmond May 21 at 10 a.m. Speeches from Gov. Tim Kaine, Mayor L. Douglas Wilder and MeadWestvaco chairman and CEO John A. Luke Jr. will precede the ceremonial groundbreaking at Byrd Street between 5th and 7th streets, which is currently the site of the Federal Reserve Bank parking lot.

The site of the new building:

Riverfront parking

The proposed rendering for the MeadWestvaco HQ:

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And finally, the proposed rendering for the Parking Deck to be constructed on Byrd St.:

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Image from Richmondcitywatch.com

The parking deck will serve as a replacement for the parking lot that’s being developed.

Also, the owners of this site – whom MeadWestvaco is leasing property from – have indicated they may develop the rest of the site for other uses, depending on the market. Ideas floated include dining and entertainment venues, mid- or high-rise condos, a boutique hotel, and more office space. The developers said, however, that they’re “going to be patient with how we go about developing it.”* In other words, we won’t see anything else there for a while. But by 2009, we should have a new building in place of a surface parking lot which fronts on the canal!

*The TD article with this quote seems to be inaccessible from the new InRich.com site.

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