Windsor development pitched

Published 10:06 pm Friday, June 18, 2010

WINDSOR — A development with 212 homes off North Court Street in Windsor could be a reality within the next five years.

Tentatively named Cambridge at Windsor, the development on 42 acres across from Windsor Middle School would feature four to five styles of homes ranging in cost from the upper $100,000s to the mid-$300,000s.

Property owners Napolitano Homes and Franciscus Homes, both of Virginia Beach, pitched the development during a Thursday night public meeting at Windsor Ruritan Building.

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“This is an informational meeting,” said R.J. Nutter II, a Virginia Beach attorney representing the developers. “We wanted to let the public know what we have in mind and to get feedback from the residents.

“We have not filed an application—this project is just in the planning stage,” Nutter said.

The development would increase tax collections for the Town of Windsor and Isle of Wight County and would be an asset to the town, he said.

Developers would build a new sewage pump station and coordinate with public utilities, he said. The cost of sewer and water hook-ups would be borne by the developers.

Concerns from citizens were minor.

Recently elected councilman N. Macon Edwards asked how the increased traffic would be handled.

Nutter said developers are working with the Virginia Department of Transportation and are confident this could be worked out.

Privacy for current property owners also was discussed. Nutter said there would be a buffer of trees surrounding the new development.

Windsor Planning and Zoning Administrator Dennis Carney said the property has to be rezoned to Residential-2 to allow for multi-family homes. Currently zoned Agricultural-1, the property is limited to single-family homes.

Napolitano Homes had developed Belle Harbour Woods, Brewers Meadow, Bob White Landing and Edgewood at Belleharbour, all in Suffolk. Chesapeake housing developments include KempBridge and Meadows at KempBridge.

Franciscus Homes has developed Bridgewater at Eagle Harbor, Charthouse at Eagle Harbor and The James River Collection at Bridgewater, all in the Carrollton area.