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New house planned on lower Caroline Street

This rendering from Alan Mendleson's preliminary plans for a home at 141 Caroline St. also shows the property's neighboring houses.

This rendering from Alan Mendleson’s preliminary plans for a home at 141 Caroline St. also shows the property’s neighboring houses.

A local builder’s plans to construct a new home in Fredericksburg’s posh lower Caroline Street neighborhood will be before the city’s Architectural Review Board on April 14.

Alan Mendleson’s home-building company is under contract to purchase the vacant lot at 141 Caroline St., with closing expected by the end of April. The lot is between homes called the “Pink Lady” and “Sentry Box.” It was part of the “Pink Lady” property until being sold separately to Patsy Thompson in late 2009.

Mendleson plans to build a two-story, bungalow-style home with a full basement, four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a side driveway and a one-car detached garage at the back. A balcony with a river view is planned off the master bedroom on the second floor.

The home will be in the million-dollar range, Mendleson said. He plans to build about 75 percent of it before putting it on the market and hopes to start work later this year. He and his wife, Enid, currently live in Spotsylvania County’s Fawn Lake neighborhood and plan to stay there, but he said it’s always possible they may decide to make the Caroline Street home their own.

Mendleson knows that the plan might face some opposition from neighbors, but he thinks the home will blend in well with the remainder of the historic neighborhood.

Mendleson for many years ran the ANM Carpentry framing company before more recently turning his attention to home-building. He plans to build three other homes in the city this year — on Maury, Hanover and Princess Anne streets – and is also working on an active-adult community near Fort Lee in Prince George County.

Click here to see Mendleson’s preliminary plans for the home.