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Supervisors approve new projects in Spotsy

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During a work session Tuesday, the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve two construction projects that will create new commercial buildings and residential communities in the county.

The first project will create two new areas at the Southpoint II shopping center in Massaponax. One area will comprise 280 multifamily units, and another is marked for commercial and residential use.

The second, the Ni River Community Church project, will create another mixed-use area with a church and both residential and commercial buildings.

The two new areas at Southpoint II will be area D, 23 acres located to the west of Southpoint Parkway across the street from CarMax and adjacent to the Ballantraye townhome community, and area F, 52 acres adjacent to CarMax to the east of Southpoint Parkway.

Area D will be rezoned to house 280 multifamily units built by HHHUNT, a Virginia real estate development and management company.

The complex will be “a place for working adults,” said Dave Anderson, executive vice president of development and construction for W.J. Vakos & Company, who represented the applicant Tuesday.

Area F will be rezoned as a mixed-use property for commercial and residential use integrated into commercial buildings and standalone buildings. No more than 200 standalone residential buildings will go up in Area F before the construction of 50,000 square feet of commercial space.

Anderson said changing market demands with a younger generation in mind is the reason to rezone this property.

With a mixed-use property such as area F, there is increased convenience by bringing residential and retail closer together. There is also reduced traffic, he said, because of fewer trips taken per day by residents.

The HHHUNT apartments should be ready in 2015, while the mixed-use area F will take a few years to construct, Anderson told the council.

The Ni River Community Church’s 28-acre project, which will be rezoned from commercial to mixed-use, will be west of the intersection of Leavells and Smith Station roads.

The project includes a 500-seat church, 89 detached homes, 32,000 square feet of office space and 13,000 square feet of retail space.

Supervisor Greg Cebula, who represents the district where the construction will take place, said he fully supports the project that will bring in a vast amount of tax revenue from both the residential property and the retail property.

“I see no negatives to this,” Cebula said.

The developer, Tricord Cos., will also build a 2,000-foot trail along Smith Station Road and pay for a stoplight at the development’s entrance. If a stoplight is not needed, the developer will give Spotsylvania $150,000 for other road improvements.

Tricord has promised to build no more than 74 homes until it has constructed 2,000 square feet of commercial space, and will buy all but 3.5 acres of the land from the church. They will also pay to extend water and sewer lines to the site.

Supervisors first rezoned the property, which is close to a Luck Stone quarry, from rural to commercial in 2005 at the request of the church and Tricord.

Back then, plans called for a megachurch with seating for several thousand people, in addition to retail and office space. The approved project did not include homes. Since then, the church has undergone changes that altered those plans.

Regina Weiss 540/374-5444