Construction could begin in early spring on a 128-unit apartment complex on 11 acres bordered by Fall Hill Avenue and Interstate 95 in Fredericksburg.

The affordable housing project, called The Hamptons at Celebrate Noble, targets those with annual incomes between $45,000 and $76,000 and will be offered for about 20 to 25 percent less than similar units, according to the plan. The cost is being offset by Virginia Housing Development Authority tax credits.

The City Council on Tuesday night voted 5–2 to allow the complex, which features four apartment buildings, a clubhouse and a pool next to Rosner’s Mercedes–Benz and Volvo dealerships on Noble Way.

The zoning already allowed for 92 units; Norfolk-based developer S.L. Nusbaum was seeking a change to permit the building of 36 additional apartments, said attorney Charles Payne.

Those units would allow for amenities such as the pool, clubhouse and a car wash for residents—and make the complex more appealing to potential renters, he said.

In exchange, the developer is kicking in cash proffers totaling $211,000. About half of that is earmarked for schools; $20,000 will go to fire and rescue. Nearly $92,000 will pay for intersection improvements at Noble Way and Fall Hill Avenue.

The Rosner Auto Group, which owns the adjacent car dealerships, has spoken out against the development, citing safety and congestion issues for employees and customers there.

Councilman Brad Ellis, who supported the project, noted that a 92-unit complex would move forward regardless of whether council approved the larger project. In that case, the city would receive no proffers.

Councilmen Billy Withers Jr. and Chuck Frye voted against the change. Withers said he did not believe it was an appropriate location for the project; Frye said it was not in line with a previous council’s intended purpose for the property.

But Payne said the project will bring much-needed homes into a highly commercial area, potentially benefiting nearby businesses.

“This project makes a lot of sense for this part of Fredericksburg,” Payne said. “It’s a win–win for everybody.”

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