Apartment complex set for expansion, upgrades
One of the county’s biggest apartment complexes is about to get bigger, and residents will get to enjoy some upgraded and modernized amenities.
The Board of Supervisors has approved a request by BPP Jefferson Pointe LLC to rezone two parcels adjoining the Jefferson Pointe apartment complex off Jefferson Park Road to add two new 24-unit buildings. The parcels, which face Jefferson Park Road at the intersection with Baileys Ridge Lane, were originally slated for commercial use.
In addition, the company plans to raze the existing clubhouse and add another 24-unit building on the site. A new, larger clubhouse with a fitness gym and swimming pool will replace the existing structure.
The complex is one of three located near the Shop Road entrance to Fort Lee, and the company’s representative, attorney Ann Neil Cosby, said the plan is to serve military and contract workers for the Army base.
Leases of three, six and nine months will be available to meet Fort Lee’s need for short-term or transitional housing for workers and soldiers, Cosby told the board during the public hearing on the proposal late last year. Units are expected to rent for $850-$1,000 a month.
John Royster, master planner in the Department of Public Works at Fort Lee, told the board that Fort Lee “fully supports” the project.
BPP Jefferson Pointe, which is based in Plantation, Fla., has agreed to pay the county a cash proffer of $1,366 per unit to offset the impact of the added residents on county facilities and services. The funds will be used to pay for improvements at L.L. Beazley Elementary School.
Board members expressed concerns about the potential for the additional residents to increase the workload for the county’s police and fire/EMS departments, but Police Chief W. Keith Early said his department doesn’t expect a major impact.
The possibility of increased traffic was also a concern, but the county staff noted that the Virginia Department of Transportation has reviewed the plan and doesn’t believe the additional traffic will be enough to create problems.
To address supervisors’ insistence that the company provide a high-quality product, BPP Jefferson Pointe has agreed to written conditions requiring that the new units “will be well-appointed with interior finishes such as stainless steel appliances, crown molding, trey ceilings and kitchen islands and decorative backsplashes.”
Other conditions specify the materials and standards for the buildings’ exteriors.
Construction is currently expected to start sometime this spring.