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City considers townhouses, single-family homes

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A 62-unit townhouse development is planned in Fredericksburg in conjunction with the commercial area already under way at Cowan Crossing.

The Cowan Crossing development is along U.S. 1 between Cowan Boulevard and State Route 3. The residential portion would be known as Townhomes at Cowan Crossing, according to paperwork filed with the city of Fredericksburg.

Cowan–Miller LLC, a subsidiary of the Silver Cos., is seeking to build 62 townhouses and six single-family houses in the area behind Keeneland Road and the Westwood development.

The commission will make a recommendation on the request and then forward it to the City Council.

Cowan–Miller is seeking approval from the Planning Commission to re-subdivide 57 parcels and public right-of-way easements into 68 lots for the townhouses and single-family houses.

The Planning Commission is scheduled to consider the request on Wednesday night. The city staff is recommending approval of the preliminary subdivision plat.

The 12.14-acre site for the residences is adjacent to Mullins and Thompson Funeral Home and Centre Court commercial properties.

The townhouses would be accessed from U.S. 1 onto a new street, the application states.

The developer would improve the intersection of U.S. 1 and Spotsylvania Avenue/Cowan Crossing Commercial, which already has a traffic signal.

The six single-family houses would be built on a new cul-de-sac off Keeneland Road.

The residential development is to include 3.8 acres of open space for a picnic area, resource protection and stormwater facilities.

The developer will build a sidewalk along the east side of Keeneland Road to Cowan Boulevard for access to the park, nearby Hugh Mercer Elementary School and the commercial portion of Cowan Crossing, according to the application.

A 15- to 25-foot landscape buffer will be placed between the residential and commercial areas.

The site was a Civil War battleground on May 4, 1863, but it has no earthworks or other evidence from the fighting, according to a memo from Development Administrator Marne Sherman.

Sherman is recommending approval of the application.

Edward O. Minniear Jr. is president of Cowan–Miller LLC. The company sent letters to adjoining property owners to inform them of the application.

One property owner investigated details and was pleased that the project did not include a roadway connecting Keeneland Road to U.S. 1, Sherman notes in her memo to the Planning Commission.

Pamela Gould: 540/735-1972


The Planning Commission meets at 7;30 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers of City Hall, 715 Princess Anne St.