New Hydro building in Manchester flush with commercial tenants

The Hydro, a 7-tale blended-use building in Manchester, will quickly be residence to a bike store, an aerial dance studio and an ad company. (Mike Platania picture)

As it welcomes residential tenants, a not too long ago-completed Manchester condominium developing has also stuffed out its professional house.

Three corporations just lately signed leases to open up at the Hydro, a new 7-story condominium setting up at 101 Manchester Street. The forthcoming tenants are bike shop Riverside Cycling, functionality arts studio Host of Sparrows Aerial Circus and advert company Four Deep Multimedia.

Next the offers, the entirety of the Hydro’s about 5,300 sq. feet of professional house is spoken for. The blended-use task is from WVS Cos. and Fountainhead True Estate Enhancement, which started organizing the 226-unit setting up in 2019.

Riverside Biking, Host of Sparrows and 4 Deep are getting 1,200, 2,000 and 2,100 sq. feet, respectively. 1 South Commercial’s Lory Markham experienced the listing on the industrial house.

For Riverside Cycling, the extra place will make it possible for the enterprise to grow its choices. Considering that launching in early 2020, Riverside Cycling has operated out of Riverside Outfitters’ Stratford Hills headquarters, providing bicycle rentals, excursions and classes.

Max Pendergraph is relocating Riverside Cycling into the condominium creating. (BizSense file)

Proprietor Max Pendergraph stated shacking up with Riverside Outfitters was a wonderful way to get the company founded but lugging his fleet of all-around 40 bikes in and out of the store each working day took a toll on him.

“I’ve benefited in a good deal of methods from that immediate connection (with Riverside Outfitters),” Pendergraph mentioned. “But the other facet of it is that I’ve outgrown the house. I have in essence operate an out of doors bike shop for two several years. I wanted a extra official retail spot.”

He included that despite the similar names, Riverside Cycling is not formally affiliated with Riverside Outfitters and that he’s the sole operator of the cycling small business.

In addition to being a residence base for the rental and tour section of the company, Pendergraph mentioned the more space at Hydro will permit him to change Riverside Biking into a complete-company bicycle store, comprehensive with a fix division and retail region.

“There’s no bicycle shop in Manchester, so I’m searching forward to serving the neighborhood,” Pendergraph claimed. “I imagine the area is definitely terrific for me with access to the Virginia Capital Path, direct obtain to metropolis mountain bicycle trails with no acquiring to journey on town streets, and long run obtain to the Richmond-to-Petersburg path.”

Terrain360, a electronic imaging and mapping business that’s been sharing room with Riverside Biking in Stratford Hills, will continue to do so in the Hydro, Pendergraph explained.

The other exercise-related tenant heading to the Hydro is Host of Sparrows. When founder Heather Bailey and her personnel of about 10 are not furnishing classes on aerial silks, acrobatic dance and other circus arts, they are undertaking their very own routines at situations about town.

Heather Bailey owns Host of Sparrows. (Courtesy of Barbara Shore Images)

“We’re the community circus,” Bailey claimed.

Bailey established the company in 2017 following about 6 decades less than the wing of area doing arts nonprofit Dogtown Dance Theater.

Prior to the pandemic, Bailey stated, she and the circus would execute locally just about every weekend at almost everything from company occasions to farmers marketplaces. Even though the reserving of those functions has been steadily ramping again up, Bailey claimed the courses at Host of Sparrows have remained wildly common with a lengthy waitlist.

The shift will additional than double Host of Sparrows’ present-day room of 900 sq. toes at Plant Zero. The need to have for more space, as effectively as Plant Zero’s coming redevelopment, inspired Bailey and Host of Sparrows to go.

“We can only do 4 men and women in a course at a time, and we’ll be ready to far more than double that,” Bailey mentioned. “And we’ll be hanging (from) 20 ft, which is ideal for what we do.”

It’ll also be a go inside of the neighborhood for Four Deep, which has been at the Manchester Pie Manufacturing facility setting up on Hull Street since 2017 right after a stint in the Supporter.

JT Logan

JT Logan started 4 Deep in 2011 although he was still a pupil at VCU. He describes 4 Deep as a full-assortment multimedia corporation, presenting electronic promoting, website and app improvement and industrial and print media services. It just lately signed on to be the agency of file for Virginia Union University.

Logan mentioned he and his workers of 14 essential extra house but didn’t want to go away Manchester.

“It’s a good neighborhood. We moved back to Manchester ideal when the construction really commenced to transpire,” he claimed. “Now we have bars and eating places and all these distinctive flats — every thing but a grocery retail store. We want to stay in this article.”

With the forthcoming Hydro place of work as nicely as a D.C.-region outpost, Logan explained the agency has occur a extensive way from when he very first started out 4 Deep.

“My very first office environment was in a client’s closet while I was at VCU. It was legit a closet and they place a door up for me. And I was like, ‘Man, I produced it,’” Logan claimed, laughing. “I was fantastic with the closet. But this is a entire various vibe.”

Riverside Biking is on the lookout to open up in late summer months, though Host of Sparrows and 4 Deep are hunting to transfer in in June.

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