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James City Planning Commission to hear request on apartments

tjefferson@vagazette.com

A developer proposing to build apartments is scheduled to pitch the county planning commission on the idea Wednesday.

The proposed development, at 7581 Richmond Road, would include five three-story buildings with a total of 126 units and a clubhouse.

AES Consulting Engineers, the applicant, said rental rates would hover in between $658 for two-bedroom units and $1,100 for three-bedroom.

The land is currently zoned A-1, general agriculture and would have to be rezoned multi-family residential uses.

Schmidt said the development will keep some existing trees to help maintain some of the rural characteristics of the property.

During an Oct. 18 meeting with the Development Review Committee, the applicant said the housing will be tailored for recent college graduates, teachers and police officers.

The starting salary for a Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools teacher is $41,500, according to the schools’ website. The starting salary for a county police officer is $38,139.

The proposal also includes a playground, fitness room and sidewalk that residents could use to walk to the neighboring shopping center, which has a Food Lion and CVS.

The proposed apartments would be next to three WATA stops. One stop is located inbound on Richmond Road and two stops are located outbound on Richmond Road.

Want to go to the meeting?

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 3

Where: 101 Mounts Bay Road

Jefferson can be reached by phone at 757-790-9313.

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