Project: A transportation-oriented, mixed-use "smart growth" development
Bottom line: more jobs
Crossroads Station plans call for 1.2 million square feet of commercial space including offices, retail and a hotel. Landowners Lester and Johnson are seeking to build 610 clustered residential units that will be apartments, townhouses or condominiums (primarily designed for single or married professionals without children).
Train service is expected to start in February of 2013. The land is currently zoned industrial, and the two men are currently requesting a rezoning to Planned Development Commercial to allow for the kind of mixed-use development that is advocated by the Urban Land Institute and other "smart growth" advocacy organizations in Virginia and nationwide. Lester and Johnson have funded extensive traffic and economic impact studies of the development to ensure its impact will be fully known before a rezoning vote.
One of the very first steps was a community meeting held October 12, 2011 at the Lee's Hill Community Center. The input from that meeting is helping to shape the plans that will be submitted to the county. The application will eventually come before the Spotsylvania Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, where residents will have additional opportunities to speak out and/or offer additional suggestions and recommendations.
In 1999, Lester, President of Lester Development Corporation in Martinsville, VA and Johnson, president of Johnson Realty Advisors in Fredericksburg, VA purchased approximately 800 acres in this area, just north and south of where U.S. 17 intersects CSX Corp.'s railroad tracks. Since its inception, VRE has stored the Fredericksburg Line trains to the immediate south of this property, and it is where all Fredericksburg Line VRE trains currently originate each day. Ten years after that purchase, the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors voted to join VRE, and later selected Lester's and Johnson's property as the logical place to locate the county's VRE station.
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