RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -Jackson Ward's historic 2nd street corridor could be getting some new construction. It was more than two and a half years ago the famous Eggleston Hotel collapsed. No one was injured, but Jackson Ward lost a big piece of its history. Tonight a local developer wants to build apartments and even bring a popular restaurant back to the historic site.
The fading landmark, slated to be re-developed, partially collapsed in April of 2009. A sign the Eggleston's legendary run had come to an end, taking with it traces of Jackson Ward's "hey-day".
"That was one of the only places that African American's could stay in Richmond during the segregation days," said developer Kelvin Hanson. The Eggleston was visited by the likes of Jackie Robinson and Louis Armstrong.
Hanson hopes to bring this empty lot to life one more time. He wants to replace the Eggleston with a four story building, housing 31 apartments. He's also setting aside the bottom floor for a new Croacker's Spot. The original restaurant closed down in 2010- owing nearly 44,0000 in delinquent taxes to the state. The returning restaurant would create 30 jobs and Hanson's investment to this old lot would be more than $3,000,000.
"It will actually finish and eliminate all blight on that block and make it very attractive for our tourists visiting the convention center, the coliseum and other national attractions," said Hanson.
The project goes before the Richmond city council for a vote on Monday.