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Fredericksburg council approves exception for Charles Street homes

The Fredericksburg City Council on Tuesday approved a special exception to allow AGV Properties LLC  to subdivide property located at 221 Charles St. into four single-family residential lots.

Michael Adams spoke on behalf of the company seeking to build the houses and said the plan is to construct  four three-story houses on that site, which is within the 100-year flood plain.

The property is owned by Top Notch Construction under contract to AGV, according to the application submitted by Adams and Jon Van Zandt.

The houses would have storage and a garage on the ground level, living rooms and kitchens on the second level and three bedrooms on the third level, Adams said. Each would also have a deck.

The special exception was granted in a 5-2 vote with council members Matt Kelly and Bea Paolucci opposing the approval.

Kelly wanted to delay a decision until the council meets over the summer to discuss future development of the city’s downtown. He also wanted to hear back from the Planning Commission with its input on the use of special exceptions prior to taking action.

The Charles Street property lies within the Historic Fredericksburg Overlay Zoning District.

Planning Director Chuck Johnston recommended approval of the special exception whereas the Planning Commission recommended denial.

The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc. provided the city a letter of support for the exception.