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Stafford subdivision to front reservoir

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Drees Homes is working on a new residential community in Stafford County with houses that back up to the Rocky Pen Run Reservoir—which will soon be filled.

Drees recently bought 80 acres for the Estates at Rocky Pen community off Rocky Run Road between Greenbank Road and English Hills Drive. The company paid Braeburn Farm Enterprise LLC $1.955 million for the land, which isn’t far from Celebrate Virginia North off U.S. 17.

Drees’ new development has 23 lots, including six that will back up to the new Rocky Pen Run Reservoir, said Skip Causey, Washington division president for Drees Homes.

Causey said it will be an “upscale” community. The homes will be priced from $500,000 to $600,000, according to the Drees website.

Drees is starting work now on the development, Causey said. The company hopes to begin construction on a 4,200-square-foot model home late this spring and have it finished by summer.

Rocky Pen Run Reservoir is a $132 million project that has been almost 20 years in the making and includes a new adjacent water treatment facility. The reservoir is designed to fulfill the county’s water supply through 2050.

Stafford this week received an operational certificate that allows the reservoir to start being filled, said Deputy County Administrator Keith Dayton.

The county still needs to install the concrete plug in the bypass pipe before filling the reservoir, Dayton said. That work is scheduled to begin Monday, and the county expects to start filling the reservoir from the Rappahannock River in late December or early January. Weather will play a large role in how fast the reservoir gets filled.

The new community will be among a handful where Drees is building homes in the Fredericksburg area. That list also includes The Preserve at Smith Run in Fredericksburg, as well as Poplar Estates, Hills at Aquia and Colonial Forge in Stafford.

Bill Freehling: 540/374-5405