HandCraft Building Books Brewery Tenant

MICHAEL THOMPSON JANUARY 13, 2016

The owners of HandCraft are redeveloping their 87,000-square-foot Scott’s Addition property. Suds of a different sort will soon be flowing in a former industrial laundry facility in Scott’s Addition.

Vasen Brewing Co. inked a lease this month for space at the HandCraft Cleaners building at 1501 Roseneath Road. Read Goode, a broker with Divaris Real Estate who is representing the landlords, said the brewery will take nearly 17,000 square feet of the 87,000-square-foot property. Vasen is the first anchor tenant to sign on in the redevelopment of the building, Goode said.

Goode said Vasen’s space will include a 2,800-square-foot tasting room that fronts Moore Street.

Vasen will make its debut in what has become the de facto capital of Richmond’s craft beverage scene. The Veil Brewing Co., Three Notch’d Brewing Co., and Buskey Cider are all in the works in Scott’s Addition. Black Heath Meadery, Isley Brewing Co., and Ardent Craft Ales are already up and running the neighborhood.

HandCraft’s owners, brothers Jay, Keith, and Jeff Nichols, have been working to convert the former dry cleaning and industrial cleaning facility into a multi-tenant commercial space. The company used the building from 1983 until moving its operations to south Richmond. Before HandCraft, the building was used by Binswanger Glass Co., which built the property in 1946.

Goode said pre-tenant work on the building will finish in the next 120 days. There is about 35,000 square feet of office and 12,000 square feet of retail space still available.

In addition to Vasen, there is an additional office tenant going into the building that has yet to be announced, Goode said.

Divaris broker Cheryle Toy is also handling leasing of the building.