Developer turns factories and a salvage yard into luxury apartments in Norfolk’s Railroad District

03/01/2020 In an industrial neighborhood just north of Norfolk’s railroad tracks, two Richmond developers saw the same potential as Scott’s Addition in their hometown - a revitalized area that has become a popular draw for well-to-do young renters.
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Vacant Norfolk school in Colonial Place becoming apartments, townhomes

2/25/2020 The long-vacant, three-story J.E.B. Stuart School in Norfolk’s Colonial Place neighborhood will likely become 53 apartments and, maybe, eight townhouses.
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Developer secures historical status for Spotsylvania’s Bowman Center

2/10/2020 The Spotsylvania County Industrial Park has been added to the Virginia Landmarks Register by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
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The Virginian-Pilot building in Norfolk sold to Monument Cos. for $9.5 million

01/23/2020 The Monument Cos., which had been under contract since at least October to buy the newsroom at 150 W. Brambleton Ave. from Chicago-based Tribune Publishing, closed on the purchase Wednesday night.
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Former Roanoke department store soon to be relaunched as apartments, Mast General Store

12/23/19 The long dormant building that was once the flagship Heironimus department store has been bustling with construction this year as Richmond-based developers plan to bring apartments and retail to one of the last large unused properties in downtown Roanoke.
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Muse Buick redevelopment kicks into high gear

8/27/2019 A group of seasoned developers is stepping on the accelerator in a reinvention of a former Southside car dealership property
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Spotsylvania County’s Bowman Center could get big makeover with apartments, commercial space

7/5/2019 A Richmond developer wants to convert brick warehouses in the Spotsylvania Industrial Park to apartments and commercial space.
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Mast General Store coming to downtown Roanoke

1/30/19 The Monument Companies and Mast General Store partner up on 30,000 sq ft commercial space in Roanoke
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Roanoke’s Old Heironimus building renovations set for completion in late 2019

12/03/18 A spokesman with the Richmond developer, the Monument Companies, told 10 News that the group plans on finishing the apartments and having the commercial spaces ready for owners to move in by the end of next year.
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Former Muse Buick site slated for mixed-use overhaul

11/21/18 A group of seasoned city developers is closing in on their first project in Manchester. The Monument Cos.’ Chris Johnson and Tom Dickey are teaming up with Howard Kellman of The Edison Co. for an initial $6.5 million redevelopment of the former Muse Buick car dealership property at 1400 Semmes Ave.
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Cultish Richmond brewery ‘The Veil’ may be coming to Norfolk

11/16/18 Excitement about the Richmond brewery occupying the old Norfolk Chop House space on Colonial Avenue has been mounting after a meeting of local business owners, and a social media post by The Veil. Though small, the 2-year-old brewery has an outsize reputation, inspiring devotion among beer fans. Its presence here would significantly raise the profile of beer in Hampton Roads. The plans were also discussed at a Railroad District Business Association meeting last week by the developer Monument, an attendee and a colleague of attendees both told The Pilot. Tom Dickey, a principal with Monument, said the building is under contract to 2314 Colonial Norfolk LLC, and any development is contingent on city approval.
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Cary Street Station fills out

10/31/18 A major redevelopment near the Fan is drawing to a close. Cary Street Station, a $44 million, 9-acre project on West Cary Street that replaced the former GRTC bus barn, has filled out the last of its retail space.
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Heironimus Building set for redevelopment in downtown Roanoke

8/14/18 The Monument Companies ventures into a new region
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Developers eyeing former Buick dealership site on Semmes Avenue in South Richmond for apartments

5/11/18 Business partners Christopher Johnson and Tom Dickey of The Monument Cos. have teamed with developer Howard Kellman of The Edison Co. in Richmond to redevelop the former Muse Buick dealership property on Semmes Avenue.
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Historic Tax Credits Allow Transit Hub to Move from History to Housing

“Every other bidder proposed demolishing the site and building high buildings and parking,” Farrell said. “Other developers offered far less to the city for the site, since other proposals did not take into consideration the federal and state historic tax credit possibility. The Monument group said they would obtain the buildings and use the historic tax credit to help finance them. They offered far more than the others. This was a home run for the city.”
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Monument, Sensei eye apartments for former NDP building

4/2/18 An old downtown office building is set for a $4 million mixed-use conversion at the hands of two well-known local development groups.
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Taking on ‘a new life’: Former bus depot has been transformed into Cary Street Station

3/5/18 Development of the former GRTC bus depot site wraps up nicely.
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Former Colonial Boys & Girls Club gets new lease on life in Park Place

2/28/18 The Monument Companies making waves in Norfolk
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Monument Cos. ends year with Fan, downtown acquisitions

1/2/18 Monument scoops up two new Richmond projects
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New construction underway at old GRTC bus barn site, leasing begins soon

10/11/17 The transformation of a former GRTC property near the Fan and Carytown is well underway as its developers prepare to begin leasing up the project’s apartments and commercial space.
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9/13/17 Phillips Realty Capital today announced that it secured $24,000,000 of permanent financing on behalf of The Monument Companies (“Monument”) for its newly renovated 8th & Main Apartments located in the heart of downtown Richmond, Virginia.
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Monument Cos., Chris Tsui strike a deal on Broad

7/03/17 A local developer and restaurateur are teaming up yet again, this time taking a bite out of a busy stretch of East Broad Street downtown.
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Developers launch Shockoe apartment conversion, look to acquire city block

4/6/17 Monument’s presence grows on Main Street

Chris Tsui, realty firm sign on at Cary Street Station

The developers of Cary Street Station, the $45 million redevelopment of the former GRTC Bus Barn at 101 S. Davis Ave. and site of the event, revealed they have signed the first two commercial tenants in the mixed-use project.
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Ghent Self Storage could become dozens of apartments

2/11/17 Richmond-based developers building over 150 apartments in the north end of Ghent are pursuing yet another project near the neighborhood. If approved by City Council, The Monument Companies’ proposal would convert the 65,000-square-foot building at 529 W. 24th St., occupied by Ghent Self Storage, into 69 units. Read more at:

Richmond developers Monument Cos. gobbling up properties near Ghent in Norfolk

12/10/16 The Monument Companies breaks into the Norfolk market
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Apartments & restaurant space planned for Cary Street Station project in former GRTC bus depot

9/27/16 Monument and The Edison Co. get closer to completing a 291 unit development in Richmond.
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Suffolk mayor reveals mixed-use development plan for historic downtown

5/10/16 Monument and Sensei Development embark on 290 unit development in Suffolk
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Bank is converted into 8th & Main apartments

4/18/16 The former Morris Plan Bank building, with its signature curved and grand stone front entrance at 800 E. Main St., is downtown Richmond’s newest apartment complex.
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Wong Gonzalez on deck for East Grace Street

3/4/16 Chris Tsui and The Monument Companies team up again to bring another restaurant to Grace Street.

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12/2/15 Monument contributes to growth in Downtown Portsmouth


Classes back in session at renovated local private school

10/26/2015 St. Andrew’s School Reopens


Firm plans luxury apartments, retail for GRTC ‘bus barn’ site

10/8/15 Community Meeting reveals initial plans for property at 101 S. Davis Ave.


Group offers $9.1M for former GRTC bus depot

9/14/15 DKJ Richmond wins bid for former GRTC bus depot.


Developers, restaurateur cook up new East Grace project

8/28/15 Monument and Chris Tsui contribute to “new restaurant row” in Midtown.


Developers see opportunities for luxury apartments in Portsmouth

6/29/15 Two new developments in a city ripe for investing.


Downsized apartment project begins to rise

6/26/15 Matrix Midtown at First and Canal streets is underway and should wrap up by the spring of 2016.


Oregon Hill school surpasses $1.2M goal

4/28/15 The Monument Companies renovates historic school pro bono.


Downtown $30M bank project takes shape

4/6/15 195 residential units and 2 commercial spaces are right on schedule.


Washington Square Comes Alive

12/4/14 Washington Square ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor and City Council of Suffolk


Demolition marks start of downtown bank conversion

9/9/14 $30 million office-to-apartment conversion at former Signet headquarters at 800 E. Main.


Julep Moves to New Home

6/13/14   Julep’s restaurant moves to the former Shield’s Shoe’s building located at 420 E. Grace St, Richmond, VA.

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Terrace 202 - Great Addition to Downtown

3/27/14   Style Weekly does a architectural review of Terrace 202.


Massey Building Converted into Apartments

11/27/13 As the former Massey building renovations near completion, the apartments are getting some attention. As the building is quickly filling up, Chris Johnson talks about why 4N4 is attractive to young professionals in Richmond.


Rich Vein of New Apartments

10/29/13 The Monument Companies enter into a joint venture with Howard Kellman of the Edison Companies after they purchase the former Massey Energy Building.

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Former Kicker’s Building wins Golden Hammer Award

10/18/13 Monument Construction was the general contractor for a Golden Hammer Award Winning Building.


Suffolk’s EDA grants The Monument Companies with a facade grant.

10/09/13 The Monument Companies recently purchased seven buildings in the 100 block of W. Washington St. in Downtown Suffolk. The grant they received will help assist in the costs of exterior improvements to the commercial buildings in the downtown area.

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Monument Construction Renovates New Office Building for Dodson Property Management

08/23/13 Monument Construction is the general contractor for Dodson Property Management’s new office downtown Richmond.

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Exchange Place gets exchanged into new apartments

7/27/13 The Monument Companies, along with Howard Kellman of The Edison Companies, purchase the Exchange Building with plans to convert it into a mixed-use apartment complex. 


Monument Construction to renovate old Seaboard Bag building in Scott’s Addition

1/15/13 Developer Jerry Peters & partner Jim Edge have recently unveiled their plan to renovate the former Seaboard Bag Building. They asked Monument Construction to be the general contractor. Construction will begin Fall 2013. Read more about this project at

Monument Construction will renovate old Richmond Kicker’s Soccer Building

12/17/12 Monument Construction will be renovating the former Richmond Kicker’s building on West Main St. The building will be converted into commercial space as well as three apartments.

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Monument Construction renovates former Bank of Virginia on Grace St

12/03/12 Monument Construction will begin renovations on the former Bank of Virginia for a local developer. Read more about the project

RVA Downtown Development Snapshot 2012

A photo guide to Downtown Richmond’s transformation. Venture Richmond features Shockoe Valley Heights as cover story for it’s 2012 Developement Snapshot Magazine.

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New Apartments on the way in Shockoe Bottom

7/02/12 The Monument Companies and Sensei Development are teaming up once again and adding another location to their Shockoe Valley Heights development. The vacant lot at the corner of 20th and Grace will soon be the home to 57 one, two and three bedroom units.

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The Monument Companies Make Their Mark in Suffolk

6/23/12 In a recent letter to the editor of the Suffolk News Herald, the writer lists the work that the Monument Companies have completed in downtown Suffolk and how it has greatly contributed to the economic growth in Suffolk.


Monument Construction helps keep Downtown Suffolk A Place to Live

5/26/12 Monument Construction renovates another building in Suffolk. The Monument Companies have transformed vacant buildings in Suffolk’s downtown to help keep downtown thriving.


Final Phase of Shockoe Valley Heights is in the Works

11/1/11 Monument Construction and Sensei Development are getting ready to wrap up their $29 million development Shockoe Valley Heights. Trolley Commons is the final phase of the project.

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Economic Development Authority gives The Monument Companies $30,000 grant

9/14/11 The Monument Companies received a $30,000 grant from the Economic Development Authority to help with the renovations being done in Downtown Suffolk. The grant will help with different aspects of the project.


The Monument Companies and Suffolk City Officials Celebrate Opening of Lofts

10/02/10 The Monument Companies just recently finished Seventy-Five Place Lofts in Downtown Suffolk. The mayor of Suffolk, Linda Johnson as well as city officials came together for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the property.

Monument Construction Gains Ownership of one of the Last Buildings in Shockoe Slip

08/04/10 Monument Construction has gained ownership of one of the last buildings in Shockoe Slip. Monument has plans of commercial space on the first floor with 38 apartments on the top floors that they will also manage.

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Downtown Suffolk Gains Loft-Style Apartments

04/05/10 Suffolk’s Mayor, Linda Johnson holds a ribbon cutting ceremony to recognize the new loft-style apartments in downtown Suffolk at East Point Plaza.

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Monument is General Contractor for New Apartments Coming to Manchester

06/15/09 Manchester will be getting new apartments in the former ACME Paper & Supply Company building. Monument is the general contractor for the renovation.

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Monument wins a GRACRE Award for Mews Project

04/23/09 Monument Construction was the general contractor and the developer for The Mews at Cary Mill condos. The project recently won a GRACRE award for Best Multi-Family project. 


The Monument Companies and Sensei Development renovate 19th Century Firehouse

12/29/08 The Monument Companies along with Marc Galt of Sensei Development begin renovations to a 19th century firehouse in Shockoe Bottom. This fire house is part of the third phase of Shockoe Valley Heights.