Preston Lake Owner Proposes Changes to Property Master Plan

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va.-- The current owner of the residential area of the Preston Lake development, proposed to make changes to the current master plan of the property.

When the subdivision broke ground a few years ago, it was marketed it to potential buyers as an upscale housing development. It would also offer several exclusive amenities, such as a club house and a swimming pool. Upscale dining and shopping were other advertised features.

The ownership of the residential area has changed since it opened. Currently, MLK Preston Lake, LLC owns the residential portion of the property.

Donald Lemish who lives at Preston Lake said he is happy with his current home.

"We were able to build exactly what we wanted," said Lemish.

However, he said he noticed lack of progress in the development when he first moved in to his home in 2009.

"We sat here dormant for a couple of years with absolutely nothing happening and the building that was taken place was becoming very very slow," said Lemish.

MLK Preston Lake, LLC, employees met with the Rockingham County planning commission on Friday to explain the proposed changes to the master plan. To make any amendments to the plan, the developer must apply to rezone the area first.

Some of the plans include, making the development larger and developing single-family detached residential units there. In addition, some of the development sections will be changed to apartment buildings and quad units.

According to the director of planning in Rockingham County, Rhonda Cooper, the current owner said it aims to make the property more marketable.

Lemish said he believes in the efforts to bring progress to the area.

"I think everything in that plan is going to speed up the development of the community," said Lemish.

The developer would also make money contributions to the improvement of Massanetta Springs Road. This is a road Angela Bender expected to be busier when she opened her salon, Verde.

"There were supposed to be shops, and restaurants. So we figured it would attract more business to this area," said Bender.

However, she said having more neighbors at Preston Lake would help.

"I think it would impact our business as a salon but I think it would impact the surroundings even more," said Bender.

The former owner of the residential area at Preston Lake still owns the area zoned for business near route 33.

MLK Preston Lake, LLC, will present the changes at a public hearing on Dec. 11. Neighbors will have the chance to comment on the changes. After that, the planning commission will make its recommendation to the board of supervisors. The board will make the final decision.


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