Richmond has seen a plethora of new living communities etched into and inspired by the city’s historical backdrop. When it comes to making something old new again, it’s no surprise that the Cookie Factory Lofts is one of the most intriguing living spaces in town. Built in 1927, this factory started as Southern Biscuit Works. As business grew over the decades, so did the building. Additional stories were added to accommodate the growing demands of the baking business. In time, the name changed, too. The company was renamed Famous Foods of Virginia, also known as F.F.V.
This factory, once the baker of the famous Girl Scout Cookies, used to roll out thousands of delicious treats, including ice cream sandwiches, cookies and crackers. Located at the edge of The Fan, Scott’s Addition and the VCU district, this renovated factory stands six stories tall. Its illuminated sign and design are a beacon of Richmond’s historical legacy and its charming authentic architectural design. Today, the building is 32,000 sq. ft. and houses 178 units for rent.
Living at the Cookie Factory Lofts is no cookie-cutter experience. The apartments have been built into the historical structure of the building, resulting in 60 distinct floor plans for residents to choose from. The design has a classic elegance due to the large, paned windows and 15-foot ceilings. The bamboo cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances add a modern touch. Some of the perks of making a home at the Cookie Factory Lofts are that internet access and cable are included in the monthly rent. For the security and convenience of residents, the building and parking are secure. For an additional monthly fee, residents can also have underground parking. Unit sizes and prices vary from $925 for studio apartments to $2,500 for three bedrooms. There are community spaces throughout the property. Residents can enjoy the gym, a pool and a community room for entertaining. The Cookie Factory Lofts is also a pet-friendly community for small pets and select dog breeds.
What makes living in the Cookie Factory Lofts awesome is the location. Situated between Scott’s Addition—Richmond’s brewery hub— and The Fan, residents are within walking distance of a variety of exciting dining options that are unique to the area. This includes Richmond’s premier breweries and local eateries that range from coffee shops and carry out to fine dining. Carytown, with its eclectic shops and restaurants is within a short driving distance. The property sits next to the Children’s Museum of Richmond and the Science Museum of Virginia and is close to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. If you’re in the mood for cinema, there’s a movie theater nearby. When you need to venture out of the city, highway access to I-95 and the Downtown Expressway is just a few minutes away.
So, while the sweet smell of baked treats doesn’t waft through the area as it did decades ago, the legacy of FFV remains. The striking beauty of the building – with its signature sign and water tower, the huge, paned windows, and concrete structure – not only adds to the attraction of the area but is also a stylish, modern, sweet living experience for many.