The first residents should begin moving into the Canopy at Ginter Park apartment complex in North Richmond in early July.

Twenty-three tenants have signed leases for apartments in the first phase of the 301-unit development at Westwood Avenue and Brook Road.

Those future residents have done so site unseen since the 15-acre complex is still under construction, said David Hanchrow, the chief investment officer for Bristol Development Group, the Nashville, Tenn.-based developer of the project. 

About 56 units will be available starting in early July, he said. The other apartments will become available in the next couple of months, with all units available by the end of the year.

The development will have 112 one-bedroom units, 186 two-bedroom units and three three-bedroom units. The units range from 629 square feet to 1,623 square feet.

Canopy at Ginter Park has 17 different floor plans including 53 apartments that have garages attached. There also are 16 garages that are separate from the units.

"This is a great neighborhood," Hanchrow said. "The area is underserved with any new product."

Each apartment unit will have quartz countertops, wood grain plank flooring, gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets, and washer and dryer.

Community-wide amenities include a clubhouse with a resort-style saltwater pool, a dog grooming area and a fitness/yoga studio.

The project was first announced in April 2015 when Union Presbyterian Seminary, which owned the land, approved a plan to develop the property. The seminary decided to work with Bristol Development on the project.

But the project met with staunch opposition by property owners in the area including filing a lawsuit to try to stop the project.

Bristol Development also developed the 2000 West Creek complex, a 373-unit complex in Goochland County that opened last year.

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