Big W.Va. developments under way

April 11, 2005|by MALINDA SHAVER of HomeSource

Along the thoroughfares of Charles Town, West Virginia, the coming of spring has produced a bustle of activity. While it may seem sudden to passersby, years of planning, design, meetings and conferences have gone into discussing and resolving the issues that development brings to a community.

Now the activity begins that will put in place the streets and intersections, water supply piping and sewer lines, electrical conduit and high voltage lines that will serve new communities. Down the road, so to speak, new businesses and new homes will enrich the community.

Behind much of the activity is Christopher Shultz, president of Shultz Realty. For three years he has shepherded two projects through the approval process, working with his team to find solutions that met the requirements of the local jurisdictions. The projects offer several kinds of opportunity, both for individuals and businesses.

Along the Rt. 9 Bypass between Charles Town and Ranson, Fairfax Crossing will be developed in five phases. The first phase will consist of 128 single family homes with many old-fashioned community amenities such as common alleyways, bike paths, porches. Two multistory commercial buildings and 124 three-level garage town homes are planned. Another style of living is represented by a projected 14-acre condominium complex.


The Fairfax Crossing development promises to become the new gateway to Ranson, WV, which it is a part of since being annexed by town. The site is less than a mile from the Charles Town Races and Slots, a commercial and entertainment magnet which attracts more than four million visitors annually. The MARC commuter station is only minutes away, in Duffields, WV, just north of the Jefferson County High School.

The second master-planned, mixed-use community is Windmill Crossing, located on Route 340 in Charles Town. Like Fairfax Crossing, it is less than 30 minutes from employment centers in Frederick, Md. and the Dulles corridor in Virginia. Here the developers plan two phases of construction, with the first consisting of 134 three-level garage town homes and nine commercial pad sites. Phase II will add six commercial pad sites and a 60-unit condominium complex.

Home construction in both Fairfax Crossing and Windmill Crossing will be by Ryan Homes' Virginia-based division, NVR Homes, nationally known for their quality construction. A variety of floor plans and models will be available in the two developments. A future HomeSource article will provide more information on floor plans and styles of homes that will be offered. Enhancing the communities, land-use planning features will include the use of berms and landscape planting to provide buffers between residential and commercial areas, and a frontage road in Windmill Crossing to separate local traffic from travel on Rt. 340.

While it may look like buildings are springing up suddenly once construction begins, the years of planning are only the beginning. Shultz Realty's Christopher Shultz describes the company's expectation for a sustained rate of development over the next 10 years, as the Charles Town area becomes increasingly part of the extended regional marketplace. "As the local developer, we feel it needs to be right. We're putting our names on this."

For additional information, contact Shultz Realty at 1-800-955-4687. In West Virginia, call 304-725-1491.

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