During the April 8 meeting, the Bridgewater Town Council unanimously approved the construction of a series of village-style duplexes. The homes will be built on a 14-acre vacant plot adjacent to the Ashby Villa subdivision, per a request by developer Dale Heatwole.
The residential development, dubbed “Ashby East,” will include duplex homes — with at least a one-car garage each — as well as three irregular lots, which will be occupied by single family homes, located at the intersection of Oakwood Drive and what will be an extension of Turner Ashby Drive.
Dick Blackwell, of Blackwell Engineering, says that while the neighborhood will not cater exclusively to seniors, most rooms, including the bed and bathrooms, will be situated on the first floor, according to current floor plans. He also noted that, while there is no estimated timetable of completion, the development will be “built in phases.” He added that construction will conclude prior to the expansion of Turner Ashby Drive.
Pat Judd, an Ashby Villa resident, approves of the Ashby East development, but is concerned about potential traffic congestion “just a few feet away” from her home on Joseph Court, following the extension.
“I just cannot imagine the traffic that will come from Mount Crawford and Route 11 [stemming from] people looking for a shortcut to Dayton until the Bridgewater bypass is built,” she admitted.
David Burkholder, president of the Ashby Villa Homeowners Association and property owner adjacent to the proposed expansion, expressed a similar sentiment.
“I would hope that the project could have been approved without the extension of Turner Ashby Drive, because I see that as a detriment to the community,” he said, while also applauding the building expansion. “We’re older people, we move slower, we like our peace and tranquility and we see the potential that could destroy some of that … and impact the community.”
Town Hall meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. second Tuesdays at the Bridgewater Town Hall building on Green Street.
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