Council OKs rezone for housing project

Posted: December 11, 2013

The Winchester Star

Cedar Creek Place is planned to be built on the north side of Cedar Creek Grade across from Stoneridge Road.
Cedar Creek Place apartments are planned for the land north of Cedar Creek Grade at the Stoneridge Road intersection. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — The city has a place for Cedar Creek Place.

That was the message City Council members sent Tuesday night, voting 9-0 to approve a 7.7-acre rezoning to allow the up to 132-unit development to be built on the city’s western edge along Cedar Creek Grade.

The property is on the north side of Cedar Creek Grade, west of Harvest Drive and across from Stoneridge Road.

Scott Rosenfeld, the developer behind Cedar Creek Place LLC who is best known for building medical office space in the city, asked for the rezoning to allow the construction of a mixed-use complex on the site.

Five three-story and two four-story buildings would house one- or two-bedroom apartments, with the four-story structures featuring elevators.

A two-story building also would be built with a minimum of 9,846 square feet of commercial space and up to eight one-bedroom apartments upstairs. Rosenfeld, however, has asked to have the right to add commercial space upstairs instead of apartments if the demand exists.

The project is proposed for land that would have been the home of the 132-unit Racey Meadows apartment complex if the councilors had approved a rezoning request by Valley View Management earlier this year.

That proposal offered no commercial space and featured a significant number of three-bedroom units, which councilors were concerned would attract families with school-aged children.

“This second variation of the plan fits very well with our community,” Councilor Ben Weber said before the vote.

In other action, City Attorney Tony Williams told the councilors that Zoning and Inspections Department officials recently toured the home of Martin and Claudette Gavis at 414 S. Braddock St. and determined that “a fair amount of work had been completed” toward stabilizing the structure.

The couple reached an agreement with the city earlier this year that their house presented a danger to the public. They agreed to make improvements to stabilize the structure temporarily in advance of a February court date at which a judge might order its partial demolition.

The Gavises are living at their own risk in part of the home.

The councilors also:

Voted 8-1 to remove from the table an ordinance to amend the city’s temporary sign provisions, then 7-2 to approve the legislation. Weber and Councilor Jeffrey Buettner opposed the motion.

Voted 9-0 to approve an ordinance mandating that vacant buildings must be considered derelict before they have to be registered with the city and increasing the registration fee and penalty for the buildings.

Voted 9-0 to approve an ordinance changing the notice requirements for tall-grass violations and creating an abatement fee.

Voted 9-0 to approve a resolution providing consent for the construction and financing of a waste-to-energy project by the Frederick-Winchester Service Authority.

Voted 9-0 to approve an ordinance defining when a rezoning or text amendment is referred to the Planning Commission and extending the time limit for the commission to act.

Voted 9-0 to approve a resolution adopting a legislative agenda for 2014.

Voted 9-0 to remove from the table and approve a resolution authorizing the adoption of a Juvenile Detention Center agreement upon proof that the facility has obtained its own insurance.

Voted 9-0 to approve a motion to reappoint Stephen Slaughter Jr. and Kevin McKannan as members of the Planning Commission for four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2017.

Voted 9-0 to approve a motion to have certificates of appreciation prepared for Brenda Adams, Kim Burke and Stan Corneal for their service on the Old Town Development Board.

Attending the meeting at Rouss City Hall were President John Willingham, Mayor Elizabeth Minor, Vice President Milt McInturff, Vice-Mayor Les Veach and councilors Jeffrey Buettner, Evan Clark, John Hill, John Tagnesi and Ben Weber.

— Contact Vic Bradshaw at vbradshaw@winchesterstar.com