Stephens City hears from architect about subdivision

STEPHENS CITY – A new residential subdivision of 91 homes could soon be coming to town.

VSS Development LLC. is the developer of the Village at Stephens City, a project of single family homes on U.S.11 on the south end of town.

Construction could begin by fall, said David Frank, landscape architect with Pennoni Associates, which is designing the project.

Frank attended Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting to provide information to council members and the public.

The project is in the early stages with permits being obtained.

The subdivision will sit on 99 acres of land, of which 44 acres are expected to remain open space.

The remaining 55 acres will be developed in five stages, with about 20 homes being constructed at a time. Frank did not know how long construction could last.

Each home will sit on about half an acre lot, he said.

He did not know what the average cost of a home in the subdivision would be.

The area is already zoned residential so developers will not need approval from the Town Council to move forward.

Those in attendance liked what they heard of the project.

“I think it is going to be a major asset to the town. These are upscale homes. A half acre lot is a large size in a small town,” said Mayor Mike Grim.

The housing is needed as Stephens City is part of the Northern Virginia expansion with people living in the area and commuting into Washington D.C., Grim said.

Stephens City resident Mike Diaz was at the council meeting on another matter but said he was pleased to hear the news.

“I am all for it. More residents means more revenue to the town,” Diaz said “We are a beautiful town in the Shenandoah Valley, who would not want to live here?”

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