A Northern Virginia developer wants to build two 18-story buildings at the bend of the James River [beside Libby Hill Park].
Falls Church-based USP Rocketts LLC is planning the development, which
would have up to 260 condominium units as well as a health club and a
restaurant, on the vacant lots next to Great Shiplock Park on Dock Street in the East End, according to its request that the city rezone the property.
A request for permission to exceed the height-cap will need to be approved by the city, and nearby residents are not thrilled by the idea. Regardless of the developer’s intentions to pour money into the surrounding area (including Libby Park and Great Shiplock Park), the overriding concern is the blocking of "the river view that inspired William Byrd to name the city he founded after Richmond-upon-Thames, just outside London."
The proposed site is the 3000 block of Dock Street, the former site of the Tarmac Concrete plant.