Evatran moving its corporate headquarters, operations to Scott’s Addition

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 10:30 By GREGORY J. GILLIGAN Richmond Times-Dispatch

The HandCraft Cleaners building in Scott’s Addition is becoming a magnet for tenants.

Evatran Group Inc., the Richmond-based maker of wireless charging stations for electric vehicles, said Tuesday that it is moving all its operations to part of the building by the end of the year.

The company signed a lease for 20,700 square feet inside the 87,000-square-foot building at 1501 Roseneath Road that takes up an entire city block from Roseneath Road to Mactavish Avenue between West Moore and West Leigh streets.

The lease will allow Evatran to relocate its corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations from different locations in leased space in Shockoe Bottom and place it under one roof. The company had relocated its manufacturing from Wytheville to temporary leased space on East Franklin Street on Jan. 1.

“Bringing our headquarters and manufacturing together into one, much larger space allows for the tremendous growth we are planning for this year,” said Rebecca Hough, Evatran’s CEO.

“We have already maxed out our current headquarters,” she said. “We are also looking forward to bringing sales, customer care and manufacturing into the same space — we expect this to bring improvements in our product and with our customer experience.”

Evatran’s announcement comes as Väsen Brewing Co. is currently constructing space inside the West Moore Street side of the HandCraft building. Väsen is leasing 17,000 square feet.

Scott’s Addition, once an industrial district made up primarily of older warehouse properties, now has a growing list of offices, apartments, breweries, restaurants and gathering spots.

The area is bound on the east by the Boulevard, the south by West Broad Street, the west by Interstate 195 and the north by railroad tracks.

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The owners of the HandCraft Cleaners have been working with Divaris Real Estate to convert the building into a multitenant commercial space. The company had used most of the building for dry cleaning and industrial cleaning from 1983 until it completed the move of those operations to South Richmond last year.

HandCraft Cleaners continues to use about 11,000 square feet along Roseneath Road for a shirt cleaning operation.

But the company plans to build a two-story structure at Patterson and Granite avenues in Richmond’s West End, where it currently has a building, for the shirt cleaning operation, said Read F. Goode Jr., the managing partner in the Richmond office of Divaris Real Estate who is the leasing agent on the Roseneath Road building.

Construction should start on the Patterson Avenue building this year, with plans for completion in early 2017, he said. The retail portion of the company’s operation will remain on the first floor, with the cleaning operations to be on the second floor.

Once that happens, the shirt operation will move from Scott’s Addition, which will free up 11,000 square feet for retail and restaurant uses.

“If you look at all of the apartment dwellers in Scott’s Addition, there are very few neighborhood amenities,” Goode said. “We want to bring something new to that mix. We’re talking a wide range of uses at this point.”

In addition, the HandCraft Cleaners building will have 10,000 square feet of office space at Roseneath Road and West Leigh Street in what is now the building’s office tower — 4,000 square feet on the first floor, 5,000 square feet on the second floor and 1,000 square feet on the third floor.

An additional 20,000 square feet of office space is available along West Leigh Street near Mactavish Avenue, he said.

“We are working on three deals now,” said Goode, who is working with Divaris broker Cheryle Toy on leasing the building. “We are in the early negotiations stage with three different tenants. And the types of tenants that are looking are currently in suburban office buildings.”

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