NEW POST NEW TOWN Spotsylvania County, Virginia
New Post is located in Spotsylvania County, VA, between Washington D.C. and Richmond VA, and is home to those working in the D.C. and Richmond areas. It is 52 miles south of Washington and 56 miles north of Richmond and about 5 miles down the Rappahannock from Fredericksburg at the intersection of US Route 17 and Route 2. This prominent intersection provides an excellent location for a town center with a variety of commercial uses to serve the neighborhoods and the region. The 416-acre site is a gravel mine on the banks of the Rappahannock River. With the exception of the center and the edge, the entire site has been lowered by the mining operation. At the center of the site is the original “Nottingham” farm house, which stands on an unexcavated knoll. At the north edge is a wooded berm on the other side of which is a man-made pond built as part of the mining operation. On the east side is a steep natural bank over looking the Rappahannock River. To the south and west are regional two-lane highways.
DPZ’s proposed designs respond appropriately to these varied conditions. These prominent features have been incorporated in the plan to create some dramatic results. Grand axes have been created leading up to the old house on the hill from many directions. The river and lake ridges have been embel- lished with specially designed townhouses and single family houses that work with the unusual topography. The river and adjacent lake shape the buildable areas and suggest two possible neighborhood structures reflected in the two proposed plans. In one plan, there are two half neighborhoods, one centered on a riverfront plaza, the other on the “main-main” intersection linked by one whole neighborhood. In the other scheme, two complete neighborhoods are placed side-by-side. The former has a more geometric grid-like pattern taken from the historic precedent of Fredericksburg. The latter has a more organic pattern of roads and open spaces. These two plans will be examined for merit and the best elements of each plan will be incorporated into a final Master Plan for New Post. Both master plans propose a Regional Park on the banks of the Rappahannock River accommodating a wide variety of recreational activities. Sites for a school as well as several churches have been reserved in each plan. Each neighborhood incorporates a mix of housing types and price ranges as well as a mix of uses organized according to the transect.
MICHAEL GRAVES & ASSOCIATES with DUANY PLATER-ZYBERK AND COMPANY