WINCHESTER — Frederick County, Maryland-based Washington Commons RE LLC has purchased 36 acres on Berryville Pike (Va. 7) in Frederick County for $4 million
The property, across from the Gateway Plaza shopping center, sold on Feb. 14. It consists of multiple parcels, including the site of the former 220 Seafood Restaurant, which closed in January 2008.
The land was purchased from 220 Seafood Restaurant owners Robert and Barbara Ganse, Jack Johnson and others. Realtor Paige Manuel, of Oakcrest Realty, brokered the sale.
About 17 acres are zoned for Residential Performance, five for light industrial and the rest for General Business.
Developer Edward Scott, who is one of the managers for Washington Commons RE LLC, said that while plans for the property have not been finalized, anywhere from 170 to 200 town homes could be built there.
He also said there is room for three to four commercial businesses and that Washington Commons is considering a grocery store, fast food restaurant, automotive uses and a convenience store/gas station.
He said Royal Farms and other convenience store chains have looked at the property.
Scott said the site’s proximity to Va. 7 makes it a “natural retail place.”
Washington Commons still needs to submit a master development plan to Frederick County for approval and have it reviewed by the necessary agencies, he said, adding that there are currently no plans to rezone the property.
“It’s a long process,” Scott said in a Monday phone interview. “If we start all of that now, it would take at least a year before any ground is broken on the project.”