Condo project decision prompts zoning change

By Matt Ward —


Four months after neighboring residents prevailed in an attempt to prevent the construction of an 11-unit condominium project on South Lee Street, the Fredericksburg City Council on Monday approved initiating a change in zoning from R-2 (mixed residential) to R-1 (single family residential) to prevent future condominium development in the area.

Council members passed the measure 3-2 with Mayor Jeryl Hoover and Councilman Tim Dooley in opposition.

 “In my opinion, that’s a pretty special little place over there and as our city grows, it’s going to become more and more special,” neighborhood resident Russell Reese said. “Arguably, I’m going to lose value through the rezone but over time I believe I’ll gain it back and I’m willing to do that.”

The council also briefly discussed a possible zoning change from R-2 to R-1 at properties west and east of Fredericksburg Middle School, but took no action on a 4-1 vote with Sanford opposed.

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