Residences, stores prepared for land parallel to I-81 | Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — 1 of the greatest remaining parcels of undeveloped land in Winchester could soon be house to an expansive household and commercial elaborate.

Castle Growth Group (CDG) Holdings LLC, a division of Charlottesville-primarily based Castle Development Associates, is proposing construction of 246 marketplace-price flats and 18,000 sq. feet of business place on a 15.3-acre parcel of wooded land it owns at 2210 Legge Blvd., behind the Lowe’s household-enhancement store at 2200 S. Enjoyable Valley Road and parallel to the southbound lanes of Interstate 81.

Winchester Planning Director Timothy Youmans explained to the city’s Setting up Fee at its Tuesday function session the land is at the moment zoned Commercial Industrial (CM-1), a designation awarded in the early 1990s when the portion of South Pleasurable Valley Highway south of Apple Blossom Shopping mall was staying created as the city’s key retail corridor. In purchase to incorporate apartments in the blended-use sophisticated, CDG Holdings wants its land rezoned to Highway Business (B-2) with a Prepared Device Growth (PUD) overlay simply because the CM-1 zoning would not permit any residential units.

Youmans claimed the 15.3 acres had previously been envisioned as a location for a single or much more main retail outlets, but with the nation’s economy presently favoring on the internet over in-individual searching, “which is no for a longer period a little something that signifies sustainable land use.”

Alternatively, CDG Holdings wants to create a walkable group comprised of 99 1-bedroom apartments, 111 two-bed room units and 36 three-bed room residences contained in two 4-tale properties with elevators, five three-tale structures with no elevators and 5 two-tale structures without the need of elevators.

The household ingredient of the CDG proposal also features an 8,000-square-foot clubhouse for tenants, a saltwater swimming pool, outside recreational and grilling parts, parking and storage spaces, 6.4 acres of greenspace and a sheltered mail kiosk.

The business part incorporates 18,000 sq. feet of room for many tenants, “a person of which would likely be a meals and beverage institution like an 1,800-sq.-foot out of doors plaza/cafe,” in accordance to documentation organized by the city’s Arranging and Zoning Section.

Small trees would be planted throughout the improvement, and a row of tall evergreens would be utilized to present a buffer among the 246 residences and the greatly traveled I-81.

The enhancement would be accessed from Legge and Patsy Cline boulevards, each of which hook up to South Pleasant Valley Highway. Considering that South Pleasant Valley is presently engineered to deal with substantial volumes of traffic, Youmans reported Winchester Public Products and services Director Perry Eisenach does not presently see the want for CDG Holdings to prepare a website traffic impact examination.

The Scheduling and Zoning Division estimates the residential part of the complicated would property 20 school-age youngsters at any presented time. Even so, the costs of educating these small children and offering unexpected emergency and infrastructure companies to the enhancement would be offset by tax revenues paid by the assets operator and its people. In accordance to a fiscal effect investigation offered to the Planning Fee, the residential ingredient of the challenge could include up to $347,380 in tax revenues to the city’s coffers each and every yr.

“This is a very good fiscal effect for a predominantly household PUD with only 18,000 square toes of business use,” the Setting up and Zoning Section report states.

If authorized, the job would be built in two phases starting with the household part and adopted by the commercial development.

“Employees recommends acceptance … mainly because the rezoning seems to be steady with the Comprehensive Plan …” the Scheduling and Zoning report states. “Also, the rezoning appears to signify excellent organizing observe since it introduces dwelling units in easy walking length of several commercial takes advantage of which includes a few grocery merchants and the regional shopping mall. The adjoining nonresidential progress also presents many locations of employment.”

“It appears to be like kind of fascinating,” Planning Fee Chairman Mark Loring stated about the CDG proposal, which will be the topic of a general public listening to at the commission’s Sept. 21 business enterprise meeting in Rouss Town Corridor.

Attending Tuesday afternoon’s Winchester Scheduling Fee do the job session were Loring, Vice Chairwoman Lacey Burnett and members John Tagnesi, Brandon Pifer, Paul Richardson, Leesa Mayfield and David Ray.