Is 56' too tall for our downtown? Please consider sharing your thoughts with the city's Architectural Review Board (ARB) on Monday, March 14th. Public comment will be closed after that point.
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Preservation Matters
Preservation Alert - March, 2016
Dear Friends of Preservation.
On Monday, March 14th, the Fredericksburg Architectural Review Board (ARB) will review an application for a five-story condominium project to be located at the corner of Sophia and Hanover Streets. This building is proposed to be 56' tall. The project received a variance from the city to allow it to be built 6' taller than the current height limit.
This building will be 10' taller than the recently proposed townhouses on the 300 block of George Street.
The proposed design was approved in 2013 but that expired after two years, so they must now reapply. This is our one chance to speak up and get public comment on the record about the project.
HFFI is not against the development of this corner, we understand that in growing we sometimes must sacrifice things, and we would like to see a compromise when it comes to the design of this building. The building's height is the largest of our concerns. We hope with enough voices from the community we can encourage a scaled down version of this project.
If you would like to comment on this project, please come to the ARB meeting on Monday evening, March 14th at 7:30 p.m. You do not need to put your name on a list ahead of time, just attend and come forward when the case is being heard.
Click here to learn more about the current One Hanover project application.
Read the March 11th Free Lance-Star article about the project here.

Keep an eye on the HFFI blog post about the One Hanover project to see any updates we have and upcoming info on how to submit comments if you cannot attend Monday's meeting.

It is the collective voice of our community that speaks the loudest, and we are very grateful for your input!


Read the full agenda for the March, 14, 2016 Fredericksburg ARB meeting
When contacting or addressing members of the Architectural Review Board, please remember to be polite and courteous. They give much of their time to make the city a better place; please be respectful in your communication.

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NOTE: When speaking before the Architectural Review Board, City Council, or the City’s other Boards and Commissions, please respect the following guidelines:
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