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A large mixed-use development is moving closer to the vision presented by backers.
The Williamsburg Planning Commission approved a plan by Riverside Healthcare Association to extend a main road and create a stormwater detention pond in the Quarterpath at Williamsburg development near Route 60 and Route 199.
The plan would extend Redoubt Road, one of the main thoroughfares in the development, and create the Redoubt Detention Area – an “integral” part of the area’s stormwater management plan.
“The extension is one of the major infrastructure items remaining,” said Tracey Dowling, a system director for real estate and business development at Riverside.
The road extension is one of several recent developments for a project that has been 10 years in the making.
The first phase of residential units at the development, known as Aura at Quarterpath, came online earlier this month. The planned 227-unit development is envisioned as the center of the mixed-use development.
“We’re focused on creating a sense of place,” Bill Kiniry, a partner with the consulting firm Willowwood Partners, said.
Kiniry also said HHHunt Homes had begun construction on townhouses in the development.
Battery Boulevard, the main thoroughfare in Quarterpath at Williamsburg, is complete, and connects Route 60 to Quarterpath Road. Kiniry said 12 parcels of undeveloped land had been organized along the road and were available to developers.
“We’ll start with momentum there and then build out,” he said.
The ultimate plan is to transform the 380-acre site into a mixed-use development, featuring medical, office and retail space, along with more than 1,300 single-family homes, condominiums, apartment units and townhomes.
Most of the site — 360 acres — is located within the city, while roughly 20 acres are in James City County along Route 60.
Significant infrastructure work remains to be completed. Both Redoubt Road and Commonwealth Avenue both remain unfinished, and work on mixed use walking and bike paths has yet to begin, but Dowling said the work that had been completed thus far would allow the initial phases of development at Quarterpath.
“We’re really pleased with the development over the last year to year and a half,” Dowling said.
“The completion of Battery Boulevard and the infrastructure related to Battery Boulevard, like water and sewer … really opened the entire Quarterpath area to investment.”