Commonwealth Architects

Libbie Mill Midtown

Henrico, VA
Services: ArchitectureInterior DesignPlanning
Awards: Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate (GRACRE), Project of the Year (Libbie Mill Midtown Development) - 2015 Urban Land Institute Virginia, Top Smart Growth Project (Libbie Mill Midtown Development) - 2015 Richmond Real Estate Group, Impact Award (Libbie Mill Midtown Development) - 2015

Commonwealth Architects recently designed the first pair of mixed use commercial buildings at Libbie Mill Midtown for Gumenick Properties. The buildings are located at the entrance to Libbie Mill Midtown, Richmond’s rapidly emerging mixed-use community.

The two story building, located at 4901 Libbie Mill East Boulevard, provides 19,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and 24,000 square feet of office space on the second floor. The architectural style is reminiscent of the historic business district of Shockoe Slip. Authentic materials and architectural details were used to create a familiar sense of place that is distinct to the Shockoe Slip neighborhood. The scale and rhythm of the facades, including the generous central breezeway, provide a comfortable connection between pedestrian and retail establishments. Wide sidewalks and plazas surround the building allowing for congregation and a vibrant shopping and dining experience.

The two story building located at 4900 Libbie Mill East Boulevard has 19,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor, and 24,000 square feet of office space on the second floor, which currently houses the Gumenick Properties Headquarters. The space is designed to be flexible for multi-tenant, and is a column-free environment.

Commonwealth Architects also provided master planning, architectural and interior design for the development of an 80-acre mixed-use neighborhood in Henrico, Virginia. The Libbie Mill Midtown development will be a live, work, pedestrian-oriented community with a mix of residential, retail, business, and includes the new Libbie Mill Library.


A mixed-use development, Libbie Mill Midtown is a pedestrian-friendly with sidewalks, street trees and a lake in the heart of the neighborhood. The development plan includes the addition of more than 1,000 apartments, nearly 1,000 homes, and office and commercial space. Patterned after the architecture of historic districts in Richmond, Libbie Mill Midtown blends modern conveniences and lifestyles with the architectural styles of the city’s early neighborhoods. The Libbie Mill development unites Libbie Avenue and Staples Mill Road, which are tied together by this neighborhood.

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