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Stafford planners back Celebrate North project
An apartment building to temporarily house federal law enforcement trainees in Stafford County would have to be used for that purpose for at least three years before possibly becoming available to the general public.
On that condition, the Planning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend approval of the project in the Silver Cos.’ stalled Celebrate Virginia North development off U.S. 17.
The 192 two-bedroom units would house federal employees who are training at the existing 50,000-square-foot facility on the Celebrate Virginia Parkway. Some instructors could stay there if necessary. The complex would be gated.
But no one would be able to live there for more than three months, under the recommendation moved forward by the Planning Commission. The Board of Supervisors makes the final decision.
The land is currently zoned for industrial use, but the Silver Cos. is asking that multifamily residences be allowed.
The application was fast-tracked through county review because it’s a smaller piece of the previously proposed development that was rejected this summer. Supervisors and planning commissioners held a joint public hearing last week.
No contract is currently in place for the housing or an expansion of the government’s training space, but the company has said having the housing component approved would help in the bidding process.
Each apartment would have a living room and kitchenette, and the complex would have recreational amenities including a pool and gym. Interior specifics would hinge on a contract. Wrought-iron fencing, attractive siding and screened trash receptacles are also promised.
The commission finalized language Wednesday evening that would prevent the complex from turning over to market-rate apartments for three years from the date of the county-issued occupancy permit.
If the general public lived there, there could be greater impact on county services, particularly if there were children.
At that point, the Silver Cos. would pay $7,500 per unit in proffers.
Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975