The New Navy Hill

This is more than just another real estate project. It’s a progressive, thoughtful, inclusive way to bring back Navy Hill—the historic 10-block neighborhood that runs from 5th to 10th Streets and Marshall to Leigh.

Richmond is on the move, and this project is one more example of how. We’re creating an inclusive community where people can live, work or play. For Richmonders, this project will create new apartments and homes where our citizens – like teachers, nurses and firefighters – can afford to live. Navy Hill will also feature easy access to public transit and a new state-of-the-art arena. Navy Hill can once again be a vibrant, bustling city center and an example of what RVA can achieve, when we put our minds to it


Here’s what you’ll find in the new Navy Hill.

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HOUSING

We’ll create 2,500 new housing units - plus more than 680 affordable units within the neighborhood and around downtown. That’s the largest private commitment to affordable housing in Richmond’s history. Navy Hill will be rich in economic and cultural diversity.


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REINVENTING THE BLUES ARMORY

In addition to a ground-floor food market, the reinvented and preserved Blues Armory will also feature entertainment and event spaces on the second and third floors.


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ARENA

We’ll replace the dilapidated Coliseum with a 17,500-seat facility that will quickly become the center of Virginia’s sports and entertainment universe—attracting sought-after concerts and sporting events that currently have no place to go in Richmond. Ours would be the largest arena in Virginia.


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RETAIL AND RESTAURANTS

The new Navy Hill will be home to stores, boutiques, restaurants and cafés – including a 20,000-square-foot fresh food market on the ground floor of the reinvented Blues Armory. 


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HOtel and Conference center

A new conference and tourism hotel will be the largest in the Richmond region and will attract larger events to the Greater Richmond Convention Center—creating hundreds of attractive new jobs and bringing more money to Richmond.


What it means to you.

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JOBS

This project will create thousands of jobs and job-training opportunities—covering a wide range of skill sets including construction, hospitality, food service, professional services and more. In addition to these new job prospects, the initiative will also provide the largest opportunity for minority participation the city has ever seen - more than $300 million in minority contracts.

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REVENUE

As a Richmond taxpayer, you pay plenty to own and maintain the Coliseum, the Blues Armory, and the surrounding area, but they don’t generate any real estate tax revenue. Under this plan, new revenues generated in the neighborhood will help pay for the new arena and reinvented and preserved Blues Armory, plus create additional revenue to improve schools, roads, public transit, police, fire and other essential services.

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A PLACE OF PRIDE

This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a vibrant, thriving, diverse neighborhood in Navy Hill – creating a new crossroads for the culture, commerce and cuisine that define our great city.


By the Numbers

new jobs

12,500

During Construction

9,000

Post Construction

economic impact

$1.9 Billion

During Construction

$1.2 Billion

Post Construction


Community Voices

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Update on Negotiations with the City: Affordable Housing

You may be hearing a lot about negotiations around the North of Broad project where the Navy Hill neighborhood once stood. We wanted you to hear directly from our team about where things stand. Learn more