Developer seeks input on Clevenger’s project

If you go

What: Public forum with presentation on development proposal at Clevenger’s Corner

Who: Hosted by Jim Epstein of EFO Capital Management., Inc., owner of the 125-acre parcel on the southwest corner of U.S. 211 and Route 229

Where: Jeffersonton Community Center, 5073 Jeffersonton Road

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2

RSVP: Shatara Janifer at sjanifer@efocapitalmgmt.com

By Anita L. Sherman
Special to the Rappahannock News
Centex’s proposal to build upward of 800 homes at Clevenger’s Corner has been dormant since it was approved several years ago, but a village designed for 125 acres across the road is moving ahead.

With forest as a backdrop, the open area that sits on the southwest corner of U.S. 211 and Route 229 is currently being used as a tri-county farmer’s market on weekends during the spring and summer months.

If the proposal, submitted by Jim Epstein of EFO Capital Management, Inc., gets the green light from the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors, the tract will be transformed into a mixed-use development consisting of commercial space and up to 275 residences. It would incorporate the farmer’s market as part of the village center.

Epstein is no stranger to Culpeper County. He has worked for more than 10 years with county staff and community members to develop the vision for a village at Clevenger’s Corner.

In December, he submitted the plan to the planning office, including a traffic, fiscal analysis and water study.

A planning commission work session was held Jan. 12, and Epstein’s proposal received good reviews.

County Planning Director John Egertson expects nothing controversial.

“This is an area that has been designated for future development, and it is within county-owned utilities,” said Egertson in December, noting that the water/sewer treatment plants that went online in December 2009 near South Wales could readily accommodate such a development.

While not required by the county, Epstein is holding a public forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Jeffersonton Community Center to share plans for the development.

“The forum will be an opportunity for the Clevenger’s Corner team to share . . . a detailed ‘tour’ of the plan and for the local residents to share some of their concerns with the team,” said Epstein who is developing a Web site where the development proposal and studies will be posted.

The Culpeper County Planning Commission will discuss Epstein’s proposed development project again at its Feb. 9 meeting. It is slated to come before the county supervisors in the spring.

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