New housing development is unveiled

OldTowne Commons, a nine-unit housing development at the corner of Braddock and Pall Mall streets in Winchester, was unveiled Friday morning. Nathan Budryk/Daily

WINCHESTER — OakCrest Builders unveiled OldTowne Commons, a new housing development at the corner of Braddock and Pall Mall streets on Friday morning.

Jim Vickers, CEO of OakCrest Companies, spoke about the journey of taking the lot, where a 7-11 once stood, and transforming it into the townhomes.

“It’s really a journey that you take when you create something like this,” he said. “When we started looking at this site, the first thing we started talking about was ‘is it big enough to do anything with?’ … It’s like putting a puzzle together.”

Vickers also said the look and history of the surrounding area was something they wanted to emulate.

“When you start looking at a site, you get the measurements and the dimensions on it, and you start looking at the history of the surrounding areas,” he said. We do that a lot in the downtown area with our other buildings that we’ve renovated and you start seeing what the makeup is on the designs of the houses that have been built here 50, 80, 100 years … Braddock Street has a rich history of wonderful buildings and so we wanted to create that opportunity to add something to it.”

The units come with two bedrooms and either two or 2 1/2 baths with the option of a third bedroom and bathroom in an optional basement. The units are approximately 2,000 square feet each. Each comes with a dedicated parking spot. Prices start around $290,000. Two of the development’s nine units are under contract. Construction on the project began early in 2016, with three buildings in the early stages of construction.

Three of the homes are in the foundation stage of construction, three are in the drywall stage, ready for buyers to choose their desired options and one is the development’s model home.

Kathy Frazier, co-founder of Frazier and Associates, the architectural firm responsible for designing OldTowne Commons, explained some of the particulars of the development’s design process, namely designing a building that would integrate well with those around it.

“It was really an interesting process on this because we’re not in the historic district, but we’re adjacent to it,” she said. “And their goal of creating something that would work in the neighborhood with really, sort of, extending that historic district idea and so we looked at the buildings along the street and what could be done to blend in and make it feel like we’re actually putting back some of the missing historic district and extending it. … It was a lot of fun.”

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