RICHMOND, VA (WWBT)- A brand new apartment complex will officially debut along the Canal Walk Friday. "The Locks" is finally complete, after an 18 month delay. Developer Rick Gregory says the recession slowed down construction. However, the factory-converted, upscale apartments are now ready to rent.
Four historic buildings were gutted and transformed into high-end living, along Richmond's scenic Canal Walk. The site once housed a Reynolds (Reynolds wrap) factory.
"Every single box of Reynolds wrap in the country, up until 2011, was shipped out of these plants here," said Gregory, pointing to the new apartments.
Gregory says the apartment complex keeps its industrial feel. Painted bricks, old windows, exposed piping, original floors (all refurbished, of course) add to the decor. A rusted chimney towers above a pool, complete with a fountain. Each detail is a slight reminder of what the canal was like decades ago.