Colbrook Community

LOCATION

Chester, Virginia

SERVICES

Architecture | Masterplanning

Home. It’s a powerful term that encompasses the vast physical and emotional aspects of a place; the sense of belonging, camaraderie, connection, and safety derived from the welcoming arms of a community. Better Housing Coalition’s new Colbrook Community development is envisioned as such a place; an affordable and accessible neighborhood for individuals and families alike.

Taking inspiration from the site – formerly the Colbrook Hotel, a Green Book-listed safe-haven – and weaving a comfortable palette with the use materiality, color, and form, Colbrook is meant to be familiar yet forward. Marrying the notable architectural details of the southern front porch with more contemporary styling, the 130-unit Colbrook Community will also include a community building, reinforcing the critical work of supporting, guiding, and engaging neighborhoods. Pocket parks, a structured community garden, playground space, and a walking trail tied to the Colbrook’s distinctive heritage provide residents opportunities for connecting more deeply with the place and one another.

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