Rosegill moving toward spring ground breaking
by Tom Chillemi
“Rosegill,” Middlesex County’s first large planned residential community, is moving toward a spring ground breaking for Phase I, said Pete Boisseau, spokesman for Rosegill Development LLC.
The first phase will be built on 105 acres west of Route 227 (Urbanna Road). The parcel extends from Urbanna Creek to Ivy Shores Blvd., the first road on the right when leaving town by way of the bridge.
The entry-way sign has been erected to that phase of the Rosegill community, and the remaining work on the engineering and design phase continues, said Boisseau.
The site plan for the 105-acre first phase was approved by the Middlesex Planning Commission in January 2008. There will be 123 homes on 95 lots, including 81 single-family homes, 9 two-unit attached homes, and 24 four-unit condos.
Most of the dwellings will be in the wooded areas. About 30 dwellings will be located on what is now farmland.
About 66 percent (69 acres) of the Phase I parcel will remain in open space, according to the site plan. The total developed area will be 36 acres, with dwellings placed on 28 acres. About 7 acres will be used for public roads and private alleys.
The homes will be in six size ranges based on five distinct architectural styles, with a wide range of exterior and interior options. Prices will start in the upper $200,000s and range to the $600,000s, said Boisseau.
The first phase of Rosegill will include a Harborside Park and Harbor Club, a seating pavilion, a pool with a trellised area and large fireplace, trails, and a kayak launch.
The Virginia Marine Re-sources Commission (VMRC) has approved the permit to build the kayak launch near the Urbanna Creek bridge.
In addition, Rosegill’s developer has received a certificate from the Virginia Department of Health to construct the drinking water treatment plant for the entire project. The well has been drilled.
The entire subdivision will be served by central water and sewer. Rosegill will have a state-licensed and regulated utility for central water and wastewater treatment plants, as required by the proffers. No wastewater will flow into the Chesapeake Bay watershed, Urbanna Creek, or the Rappahannock River, according to the plan.
Rosegill is being developed by Rosegill Development LLC, which is managed by Basheer & Edgemoore, a leading developer of $500,000-plus homes in Northern Virginia and Annapolis, Md. Diane Cox Basheer of McLean and Deltaville is the principal of Basheer & Edgemoore.
Ken Thompson, who worked with Basheer during the rezoning process, has not been actively involved in Rosegill for more than two years because he is in the process of retiring, said Boisseau.
Rosegill Development LLC eventually will acquire all of the 848-acre Rosegill property, Boisseau said.
The developer has proffered that no more than 700 housing units will be built. The four phases of the development have been projected to take more than 10 years to build.