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Spotsy to mull Jackson Village

Spotsylvania County has received a proposal for what could be its largest development ever.

Jackson Village, which would be on the east side of U.S. 1 just south of Cosner’s Corner, would include up to 2,270 apartments, townhouses, condos and assisted-living units. The walkable development would also have up to 298,000 square feet of commercial space, which could include a grocery store and a movie theater.

International Development of Virginia LLC submitted an application to the county on Friday asking it to rezone the 241-acre site from industrial to mixed use. Local businessman Fitz Johnson is a partner in the company, which is represented by Hirschler Fleischer attorney Charlie Payne.

The developer hosted a lightly attended community meeting in February. The Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors will eventually hold public hearings on Jackson Village.

The area, near the congested Interstate 95 exit in Massaponax, has been a prime target for growth. Lee’s Parke—which can have up to 2,232 homes—and the recently approved, 1,060-home Heritage Woods are nearby.

In the past year, supervisors have voted in favor of almost 2,000 housing units—more than half of them apartments—near the Cosner’s Corner shopping center. That includes Johnson’s 610-apartment Crossroads Station development off the U.S. 17 Bypass.

Jackson Village’s developers are offering $3.075 million in cash proffers for improvements to I–95 Exit 126. Proposed upgrades include a $45 million to $58 million “super ramp” that would carry southbound traffic from the exit to the U.S. 17 Bypass.

The cash proffers would be paid on a per-home basis as the development is built, not all at once.

In exchange for the project’s approval, the developer also says it would reserve right of way valued at about $12.9 million for a new interchange three miles south of the Massaponax I–95 exit. But the right of way offer would expire in just 10 years.

Supervisor Gary Skinner told The Free Lance–Star earlier this year that he thought an additional interchange is at least 20 years away from happening.

In addition, the developer says it would make road improvements to U.S. 1 and spend about $1.2 million on sidewalks and trails at the site.

Up to 786 school-aged children would live in the community. The developer says tax revenue from the project would offset any impacts to schools.

Jackson Village would include up to 695 apartments; 594 condominiums; 596 townhouses; and a 385-unit retirement community that would allow for assisted and independent living.

The overall economic impact of the development would outweigh the project’s impact on county services, the developer says in the rezoning application.

The developer says the proposed community will attract young families and empty-nesters “who prefer a low-maintenance lifestyle that a well-designed community will offer.”

“Jackson Village will have an economic ripple effect that will reverberate from the development and to the immediate commercial areas, generating new commercial tax revenue and jobs,” the developer states.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402