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Training facility, apartment plan coming before Stafford Planning Commission

Plans for an expanded law-enforcement training facility and up to 672 apartments at Celebrate Virginia North will be before Stafford County’s Planning Commission for a public hearing on Sept. 19.

Celebrate Virginia developer the Silver Cos. is seeking various approvals from Stafford that would allow the plans to proceed. Silver officials believe the additions would accelerate development at the complex off U.S. 17 and help nearby retail centers, which are facing high vacancies, get tenants.

Delmarva Contracting Inc., which owns a 50,000-square-foot industrial building at Celebrate Virginia North, wants to buy another 25 to 30 adjacent acres to add two more 50,000-square-foot buildings in the area and 192 apartments with recreational amenities where trainees could stay for months. Silver officials say the training wouldn’t involve gunfire.

Silver is also seeking approval from the county that would allow up to 480 apartments to be built at the southern portion of the Celebrate Virginia North campus where a golf course was once envisioned. One course — Cannon Ridge — is open there, and space would remain for the future development of a second course. Silver officials have spoken with Johnson Development Associates, which is developing the Haven apartment communities at Silver developments in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County, about the possibility of someday building apartments at Celebrate Virginia North.

Silver has asked Stafford officials to rezone 91.6 acres at the proposed training facility from heavy industrial to recreational business, and to allow non-age-restricted multifamily developments in up to 10 percent of the recreational business district at Celebrate Virginia North, which is already about 1,170 acres even before the requested rezoning.

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