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Tricord revives plan for Spotsy

A developer has revived its proposal for homes, offices and shops at New Post in Spotsylvania County—more than seven years after a similar plan was denied.

But Tricord’s latest application to the county is a lot smaller in scale than its previous plan for 1,500 homes on 418 acres near the intersection of Routes 2 and 17 and U.S. 17.

The new proposal, submitted last month, is for a 188-acre mixed-use development. It would include 438 single-family homes, 220 town houses and 175,000 square feet of commercial and office space, to include a hotel and a sit-down restaurant.

A large part of the development—around 100 acres—would have 100 “upscale” homes bordering the Rappahannock River, Ruffins Pond or a conservation easement, said Mike Jones, one of Tricord’s owners.

He said the nearby Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, which opened in 2010, has contributed to the need for such housing.

“There’s a terrible shortage of quality upscale housing” in the area, said Jones, who said that’s part of what is driving the project. “If we’re going to draw doctors to the area we’ve got to be able to provide them communities and housing that they’re attracted to.”

The developer hasn’t yet submitted proffers, which are voluntary but carefully negotiated promises developers make.

Localities’ proffer guidelines suggest how much developers should give in cash or land to help offset the cost of providing schools, utilities, police, fire and rescue and other county services to the residents of a new development.

If approved, construction at New Post could start in two to three years, Jones said.

The Board of Supervisors rejected Tricord’s larger proposal for the site in 2005.

Officials from nearby Fort A.P. Hill—a 76,000-acre Army post in Caroline County—opposed that plan, which would have also included offices and shops. The commander at the time said it would likely have an “adverse effect on future military training and national security.”

Efforts to reach a Fort A.P. Hill spokesman for this story were unsuccessful.

The latest New Post proposal would be next to a soccer complex referred to as the “Field of Dreams.” Tricord gave land—originally envisioned as part of the denied New Post development—to the Fredericksburg Area Soccer Association and the Virginia Youth Soccer Association.

FASA has constructed 10 fields, and the Virginia association is expected to start building another nine this year.

Jones of Tricord noted that the real estate market has gotten healthier, which is part of the reason New Post is back on the table.

“I believe there’s going to be a demand in the Fredericksburg area for years to come,” he said.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402