LEELAND STATION Falmouth, Virginia
Adjacent to the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) line and transit stop, is the Leeland Staion property, located approxi- mately 5 miles northwest of downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia. The site was once the location of a Confederate encampment during the Civil War and has a few remaining cemeteries across the property. This greenfield site is predominately wooded with topography ranging from steep slopes to rolling hills. The site is bordered by the VRE line to the North and a conventional subdivision to the South. Located just an hour and twenty-two minutes by train from Union Station in Washington, DC, the site has great potential to serve as home to commuters looking for an alterna- tive to the traffic and congestion of the I-95 corridor of Northern Virginia . The site is also located just minutes north of downtown historic Fredericksburg, VA
In July, 2004, Mike Watkins, Director of Town Planning with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co., led a week-long charrette to prepare a master plan for Maryland Development Company LLC. Leeland Station will be their first Traditional Neigh- borhood Development. Stafford County is growing rapidly due to escalating housing prices around Washington, DC and because of the restricted growth policies of neighboring counties.
The plan for Leeland Station integrates a range of civic, commercial and residential uses within close proximity to the existing commuter VRE rail station. The plan preserves the existing streams and wetlands by exceeding the county mandated requirements, and it also includes numerous parks, greens and squares. Together, over 33% of the property is preserved as open space. The master plan for the 329-acre Leeland Station property proposes 2,073 residences, 169,000 S.F. commercial space and a variety of civic and community buildings. The plan is now in the permitting or zoning stage.
MICHAEL GRAVES & ASSOCIATES with DUANY PLATER-ZYBERK AND COMPANY