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BrownGreer plans to move headquarters to Rocketts Landing

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A second law firm has announced that it’s moving to Rocketts Landing.  BrownGreer has signed a letter of intent to buy the 38,000-square-foot, Cedar Works building at Rocketts Landing, a mixed-use project on the waterfront near downtown Richmond. 

The brick building, which is more than 100 years old, “is in need of renovation,” said Richard Souter, a vice president with The WVS Cos., Rocketts’ developer.  BrownGreer doesn’t plan to move its 300 employees until next March.  It now has space in several locations, including a current headquarters in Shockoe Bottom in downtown Richmond and some office space in the Innsbrook area in western Henrico. The move would allow the law firm to consolidate its operations.

Rocketts, which currently offers townhomes, condominiums and retail, has been planning to add office as a third component and appears to be making inroads. In March, Rawls McNelis + Mitchell, a 14-lawyer firm, said it would occupy 6,000 square feet of office in a three-story building that had been used as Rocketts Landing’s sales center. It plans to move to the development in eastern Henrico County by the end of August.

“We haven’t really had a large, office component to speak about until we signed with Rawls McNelis,” said Souter. “When we close the deal with BrownGreer, it says Rocketts Landing is open for office space.  38,000 square feet is a significant office lease. We have a lot of opportunities for build-to-suit sites throughout the property.”

The first residents moved to Rocketts in 2006. Souter said construction will begin this summer on 150 apartments near the river on the Henrico County side of the development. “We have a number of additional restaurants planned near that site as well,” he added. Ultimately, the completion of the Virginia Capital Trail, planned for 2014, would create a pedestrian footpath along the James that Souter says would connect many restaurants up and down the river.

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