James River Nurseries recently began landscaping the first phase of Westhampton Commons, a new mix-use development located at the northwest corner of Libbie and Patterson avenues.
Talk about a storied piece of property! The site was home to the old Westhampton School which consisted of two structures, one built in 1917 (the one sitting closest to the corner of Libbie and Patterson) and a second one built in the 1930s. Having played out the role as educational institution, time and circumstance called for a redevelopment of the property. And after many twists and turns trying to come up with the right fit for the property (we'll spare you the details), it was determined they would renovate the original building and raze the one built in the '30s.
The newly renovated iconic building will now take on a new role as a commercial office building. The structure will be part of a development which will include office space, apartments, retail, a three level parking deck, and an outdoor plaza. The development will consist of more than 250,000 square-feet.
At James River Nurseries, one of the cool things about what we do, other than the obvious, adding value and beauty to a property through our plantings, is that we get to play a role in helping write the ongoing story of our region. We weren't around when the original Westhampton School was built, but we're quite familiar with its past, and we're excited to play a small role in its revival.