Richmond, VA—On Wednesday, developers began demolition on the old Interbake Cookie Factory, which has been present in the city since 1927. New apartments and shops will be built in the factory's location, in an effort to revitalize the area.
Once the birthplace of various sweet treats and even Girl Scout cookies, Interbake Cookie Factory halted its production several years back. Now, the building is being demolished to make room for 178 apartments, as well as retail space.
Developer Rob Hargett is excited about the new venture.
"For a developer, actually knocking stuff down and thinking about people moving in is kind of the culmination you do to get started. It feels good."
Although the building will undergo extensive construction, parts of the past will filter into the future.
Developer Steve Leibovic explains, "Maintaining that historic character requires that we preserve the existing structures in the building the existing windows, railings and many things that will remind everybody that this has been a factory for many, many years."
The new apartments will hopefully attract young professionals as well as some students.
Leibovic hopes that the project will bring new life to that area of the city.
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