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Developer purchases 14 West End buildings in deal valued at nearly $100M

Fourteen West End office buildings will soon have a new – but familiar – owner.

Lingerfelt Development today announced that it would purchase the buildings, which total 919,000 square feet, from Liberty Property Trust in a deal that is valued at nearly $100 million. The properties all were part of the Lingerfelt Development Corporation in 1995, when that company's founder, Alan Ligerfelt, sold the company to Liberty Property Trust.

Eight of the buildings, including the Snagajob.com building, are located in Innsbrook. The purchase also includes two buildings on Westgate Parkway, two on Westerre Parkway, one on Gaskins Road and the Patient First building at Woodman and Parham roads.

“This portfolio is particularly strong, since the properties are 98 percent leased, Class A commercial, and located within the desirable Innsbrook area," said Ryan Lingerfelt, principal of Lingerfelt Development. "The current tenants, and the local commercial real estate community, are already very familiar with our name.”

The Lingerfelt family has built or acquired more than 11 million square feet of commercial space during a period of more than half a century. The properties it has owned serve from medical to professional to industrial uses and include data, call and emergency care centers, elderly housing, nursing homes and multifamily developments across the eastern U.S., primarily in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland and Illinois.

The buildings acquired in today's deal are:

• Snagajob Building, 4880 Cox Road, Glen Allen (58,726 square feet);

• Liberty Plaza I, 4801 Cox Road, Glen Allen (80,397 square feet);

• Bay Harbor Consulting Building, 4198 Cox Road, Glen Allen (44,089 square feet);

• Rowe Plaza, 4510 Cox Road, Glen Allen (72,655 square feet);

• Innsbrook Commons, 4121 Cox Road, Glen Allen (59,053 square feet);

• TechPointe I, 5000 Cox Road, Glen Allen (58,367 square feet);

• TechPointe II, 5500 Cox Road, Glen Allen (53,863 square feet);

• Gaskins Center II, 3829-3855 Gaskins Road (44,926 square feet);

• Westgate I, 100 Westgate Parkway (91,752 square feet);

• Westgate II, 200 Westgate Parkway (60,266 square feet);

• Westerre IV, 3901 Westerre Parkway (78,120 square feet);

• Westerre III, 3900 Westerre Parkway (76,128 square feet);

• Patient First, 2300 East Parham Road (5,172 square feet);

• Liberty Plaza II, 10800 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen (135,375 square feet).
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RAMPS receives $8k grant


RAMPS (Ramp Access Made Possible by Students) recently received an $8,000 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 75 grants totaling more than $600,137 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.

RAMPS, an organization founded by then-Henrico County high school students to build ramps for local low-income residents who need them, will use the grant to purchase modular wheelchair ramp supplies. These supplies will be used by local high school RAMPS clubs, who provide volunteers to build the ramps. > Read more.

Henrico man to compete in Liberty Mutual Invitational National Finals

Henrico resident Larry Loving, Jr., will compete with three other locals – Thomas Scribner (Richmond), Roscoe McGhee (Midlothian) and Larry Loving (Richmond) in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Feb. 26-Mar. 1. The foursome qualified for the national golf tournament by winning the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational, held at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md. on June 11. That event supported the RiteCare Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

In total, 240 amateur golfers will compete in Florida. > Read more.

Henrico PAL recognizes supporters, HSHS athlete


The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) held its Sixth Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 5 at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, celebrating accomplishments of 2014 and recognizing outstanding contributions to the organization. Henrico County Juvenile Domestic Court Judge Denis Soden served as master of ceremonies and former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams served as keynote speaker. 

Among the 2014 honorees were Richmond International Raceway (Significant Supporter), Richmond Strikers Soccer Club (Significant Supporter), Henrico County Schools-Pupil Transportation (Summer Camp Supporter), Bruce Richardson, Jr. (Youth of the Year), Sandra Williams (Volunteer of the Year), Thomas Williams (Employee of the Year), Mikki Pleasants (Board Member of the Year), and Michelle Sheehan (Police Officer of the Year).   > Read more.

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Entertainment

Travinia brings contemporary elegance to Willow Lawn


It was another win for Willow Lawn when Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened there six months ago, nestled in the heart of the re-made shopping center. The contemporary American Italian restaurant boasts 13 locations up and down the East Coast, with the Henrico location opening in August.

In the same week, I hit up Travinia twice, once for lunch and once for a late dinner. At lunchtime on a weekday, I was overwhelmed by the smell of garlic and by the number of working professionals in nice suits on their lunch breaks. When we first walked in, I was concerned our meal would be a little too pricey based on the décor – it’s a really nice place. Luckily, the menu has a variety of options for every budget. > Read more.

Soak up the fun

‘SpongeBob’ movie energizes with wit, laughter

There’s a ton of sugar in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Literal sugar, as SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) inhale their own weight in cotton candy and eat ice cream, one scoop per mouthful.

At one point we burrow into the brain of our boxy yellow hero and discover the inner workings of his brain: googly-eyed cakes and candies that giggle and sing. All of which is extremely appropriate for a film like Sponge Out of Water. Because not only is the movie sweet (the “awwww” kind of sweet), but it’s the equivalent of a 30-candy bar sugar rush, zipping between ideas like a sponge on rocket skates.

The story under all this is really not that complicated. SpongeBob flips burgers at the Krusty Krab. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


With this last round of snow still fresh on the ground, the best way to start the weekend may be at Southern Season for their weekly wine-tasting program, Fridays Uncorked. Families with cabin fever will enjoy the Richmond Kids Expo, taking place tomorrow at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Some date night options include the Rock & Roll Jubilee at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, HATTheatre’s production of “The Whale” and National Theatre Live’s “Treasure Island” at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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