Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Six years later: Eastern State land is still for sale

Screenshot of the land for sale near Eastern State Hospital. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Virginia Department of General Services)
Screenshot of the land for sale near Eastern State Hospital. (WYDaily/Courtesy of the Virginia Department of General Services)

Eastern State Hospital has been trying to sell nearly 400 acres of surplus land since 2014.

The 346.25 acres is off Humelsine Parkway next to the hospital, north of New Town. It’s currently zoned Public Land use and can be used for commercial or retail space.

The land can also be sold in parcels but it’s unclear how much the land parcel or the entire acreage costs.

Building 22 in the surplus land may qualify for rehabilitation tax credits and some of the property has Native American archaeological sites, according to the flyer developed by Colliers International, a real estate company based in Canada with locations in Norfolk and Richmond.

So why is the land being sold?

“The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, DBHDS, owns the land and determined that it is surplus to their current and future operational needs,” Dena Potter, director of communications for the Virginia Department of General Services wrote in an email Wednesday.

Potter sent the property listing and referred WYDaily to the Collier International flyer for more information.

WYDaily asked Potter if there were any interested buyers for the entire lot or select parcels.

“We are in negotiations with potential buyers at the moment, and so we cannot release additional details until the transaction is complete,” she wrote.

Potter did not elaborate.

The Crossroads Group, which is made up of local governments and other organizations, released a conceptual study in 2008 to build parks, an elementary school and a town center with retail and housing, according to WYDaily archives.

In 2014, the property totaled 419.98 acres and included land near Ford’s Colony.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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