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Williamsburg Planning Commission approves “luxury apartments”

Screenshot of the site plan part of the final phase of High Street View Apartments. (WYDaily/Courtesy of the City of Williamsburg)

WILLIAMSBURG — City residents might be one step closer to seeing new apartments in their neighborhood.

On Wednesday, April 14, the City of Williamsburg Planning Commission approved a site plan to build 38 apartments.

The vote was unanimous among the members who attended the virtual meeting.

Jeffrey Klee and John Tarley, Jr. were not in attendance.

The site plan, submitted by HS Apt Land Inc., is part of the “final High Street View Apartments phase,” according to the April 6 memo sent to the planning commission by Heather Markle, zoning administrator.

The property, located at 3200 Treyburn Drive is currently zoned “Economic Development District ED-2.”

Per the site plan, there will be two buildings on the property: One four-story building with 32 “luxury apartments” that will include elevators and six “townhome style apartments” in a single, two-story building.

Markle noted in the memo to the planning commission that the original site plan for the project was approved in 2008 for a total of 574 units. Of those units, 526 have already been constructed or are under construction in High Street. The proposal submitted to the commission would include another 38 of the approved units.

In addition, the applicant states that the builder plans to designate approximately 87.2% –– or 7.96 acres –– of the 9.131-acre property as “open space” with landscaping features to include Evergreen Junipers, Red Maple and Dogwood trees.

“Staff recommends the site plan’s approval contingent upon as-built plans and certification by a licensed professional engineer that the construction of the project is in substantial conformance with the approved site plan before issuing a certificate of occupancy for the project,” Markle added.

Because the proposed buildings are not in an “Architectural Preservation District or Corridor Protection District,” no approval from the Architectural Review Board is required, according to the memo.

There was no discussion amongst the members about the site plan application prior to approval nor did anyone provide comment during the public hearing portion of the agenda item.

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Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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