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Proposal calls for 2,000 more units in Massaponax

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A mixed-use development that would have about 2,000 apartments and townhouses is in the works near the Cosner’s Corner shopping center in Spotsylvania County.

International Development of Virginia LLC will hold a community meeting on its proposed Jackson Park development at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at WyteStone Suites, 4615 Southpoint Parkway. The 240-acre property is on the east side of U.S. 1, just south of Cosner’s Corner.

The area near the congested Interstate 95 exit in Massaponax has been a prime target for growth despite traffic concerns. In the last year alone, the Board of Supervisors has approved almost 2,000 housing units—more than half of which are apartments—near Cosner’s Corner.

For Jackson Park to become a reality, the supervisors must vote to rezone the property from industrial to mixed use. The developer plans to submit a rezoning application in a month or two, said attorney Charlie Payne, who represents International Development of Virginia.

“Obviously, we believe that the economic ripple effect that this project will have will generate significant tax dollars for the county,” Payne said.

The development would also include approximately 500,000 square feet of commercial space, Payne said. Potential anchors are a grocery store and a movie theater.

Payne said his client is still considering proffers, which are monetary and in-kind contributions in exchange for a project’s approval. He said the developer does plan to offer right of way for the construction of a proposed Interstate 95 off-ramp three miles south of exit 126 in Massaponax.

But Supervisor Gary Skinner, whose Lee Hill District includes the proposed development, said he’d rather focus on improvements to the existing Massaponax exit. He said he thinks an additional interchange to the south is at least 20 years away from happening.

“When I look at a project like this, I want to look at what they can do to help clear up the congestion” on U.S. 1, said Skinner, who stressed that he hadn’t made up his mind on Jackson Park. He later added: “It’s all open, and we will probably sit down and discuss all the options with the developer.”

Skinner is hosting a town hall meeting on transportation Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in Massaponax High School’s auditorium.

Payne, the developer’s attorney, stressed that growth in the area won’t come overnight but will be phased in over time. Jackson Park, he said, would include age-restricted apartments, walking paths and green space.

“These types of investments are very positive for a community, and we think that its location is going to be beneficial not only to immediate shopping areas but also future transportation systems,” Payne said.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402