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Chickahominy Falls

Chickahominy Falls

HG Design Studio is proud to have been a part of planning this unique community. Dave Gerstenmaier created a master plan that includes 400 single-family units on 200 acres with a twist on its farmland roots. Chickahominy Falls is the Richmond area’s first neighborhood that speaks to a farm-to-table and alternative trends to the conventional neighborhood template. Empty nesters and retirees are attracted to a concept that will blend suburban clubhouse living with professionally managed organic farming, producing fresh, local, healthy fruits, veggies, and foods while creating a wonderful and unique outdoor amenity for the residents. Farm-lets or Pocket-Gardens will be dotted throughout the neighborhood, alongside other HG designs around the clubhouse, pool, green spaces and play spaces.

The community is planned for the 55+ age group with opportunities to experience and enjoy outdoor activities and healthier choices of food. HG Design Studio assisted with all levels of initial planning and zoning for the neighborhood and its adjacent 10 acre farm, along with designing open and gathering outdoor spaces, walking trails, bike trails around the river and shared spaces. HG connected the developer with a national organic farming vendor and worked with the natural topography of the site for placemaking of the gardens.

With multiple wetland areas cutting up the site, a grid style development would not work. Our designers let the land dictate where our sections lines would be. Once sections were defined, we could work with the grades to see what type of product would best work in those areas. The wetlands and other low-lying areas became ideal areas for walking trails that connect the whole project together.

HG also provided landscape and lighting plans for each section and worked with the team to design and implement a sales and marketing center on the farm. For Cornerstone Development, a commitment to environmental preservation and sustainability is important, so HG is tasked with adhering to the low-impact community plan. State-of-the-art conservation practices will protect mature hardwoods, watersheds and the river.

LOCATION: Hanover County, VA
CLIENT: Cornerstone Homes
DATES: Start: 2014
Completion: Under construction
DISCIPLINES: Landscape Architecture
TEAM: David Gerstenmaier, PLA, Randy Biltz, PLA


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