Developers keep Woodstock officials busy

Town officials and developers in Woodstock are busy with a few projects.

Several construction permits have been taken out recently, said Lemuel Hancock, urban designer and neighborhood planner for the town.

The quality of life offered in Woodstock is an incentive for people to live there,  said town manager Angela Clem.

‘From the creative and thoughtful projects and infrastructure improvements, to the progressive vision of where Woodstock is going in the future, we are creating an environment for the preservation of community character paired with ease of development,” Clem said. “We hope that developers mirror the values that we display in the building and maintenance of our own public spaces; we appreciate when we see the use of quality building materials and a variety of housing types.”

That difference in housing can be seen in the different styles of homes built in two different subdivisions.

Limestone LLC, the developers of Woodstock Mews, a subdivision on Patriots Place behind the CVS near the Central Campus, just requested permits to build 22 townhouse style homes on roughly 2,500 square foot lots, effectively filling the subdivision, Hancock said.

“This would help finish the subdivision,” Hancock said.

Limestone LLC started construction on the subdivision in 2007 during a housing and development boom in Northern Virginia. Soon the Great Recession hit and the demand for housing slowed down, Hancock said.

The latest round of permits is good news.

“Developers are seeing our community is improving and our economy is strong,” Hancock said.

It is also good news because the new construction increases not only the property values of homes inside the subdivision but the surrounding properties as well, he said.

Sunset Crest on West North Street across from Woodstock’s new dog park is another subdivision that is underway and soon to begin construction.

The subdivision is to be made up of 37 single family homes on half acre lots, Hancock said. The homes will be built in three phases.

A model of a home is already on display for prospective buyers to walk through.

The differing styles of homes in the subdivisions (townhouse vs single family) offer diversity in the real estate market for those looking at purchasing a house, Hancock said.

The town also just approved a site plan for a development to be built at Hisey Avenue and West Reservoir Road.

The Winchester based engineering firm Potesta & Associates, representing the developer, has designed a 9,000 square foot building that is to be used as commercial space, Hancock said.

“This project is really early in the process,” he said, declining to name what business may be moving into the structure.