Realtec, The developers of Fords Colony in James City County had a number of development proposals on the table before the real estate crash in 2007. Among them were an assisted care facility, an affordable housing neighborhood and Westport a community of 3+ acre lots across Center Rd from Fords Colony. Of these three only Westport has survived albeit under the control of the lender who took it over. James City County had to step in an help pay for the infrastructure as the surety bond in place was no where near the dollar amount needed to complete the well system, roads etc.
The front parcel of Westport was sold to Richmond VA based Eagle Construction in March of 2016 by Dorothea Ford. The 45 acre parcel lies across Centerville Rd from the Manchester gate of Ford’s Colony. This property has been a part of the Ford’s Colony Homeowners Association since 2005 but not yet part of the Ford’s Colony Master Plan because it is not currently zoned R-4 (Residential Planned Community). Properties not zoned R-4 that are part of the FCHOA are not part of the
Master Plan at James City County.
Similar to Westport, the parcel is currently zoned A-1 (General Agricultural) which allows one home per three acres to be developed. Unlike Westport, however, it’s in the James City County Service Area meaning it has county water and sewer available to it.
Eagle Construction is requesting a change in zoning from A-1 to to R-4 and an amendment to Ford’s Colony’s Master Plan. Under that rezoning, they plan to construct approximately 80 detached single-family homes on .25 acre lots similar in size to the Berkshire and Nottingham Place neighborhoods in Ford’s Colony.
It is anticipated that James City County would like to see that the Fords Colony Homeowner Association is in agreement prior to approving the rezoning or amending the Ford’s Colony Master Plan. A three-member team of FCHOA directors has met with Eagle on three occasions to discuss the matter.
After the last meeting, the full Board approved a list of requirements that the FCHOA believes are appropriate for development of the property and sent that list to Eagle in order to initiate negotiations. The Board has not yet heard back from Eagle, and there has been nothing filed with JCC for their consideration.
The Fords Colony Homeowner Association Board must consider this matter because the property has already been made part of the FCHOA. It is their intention to work with the developer to make the neighborhood one that fits into the architectural style of Ford’s Colony and enhances the community as a whole.
Below are a few homes built by the developer that might be offered at Parke at Westport. They are being marketed in the mid $500’s in Richmond. I would expect similar homes/ plans/ finishes and pricing but will not have confirmation until down the road.
Map/ Directions to Parke at Westport
I would be happy to keep you updated on further developments in Parke at Westport or any of the other new home communities being developed in James City County ,Williamsburg or Hampton Roads areas of Virginia.
Psst.I’m a real estate agent.
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