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February 13, 2009
Contact: Mary E. Prier
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Tidewater Builders Association’s Homearama 2009 moves to Chesapeake
Tidewater Builders Association has announced the Homearama 2009 showcase of homes will be hosted at Culpepper Landing, a mixed-use traditional neighborhood development in Chesapeake.

The event, set for Oct. 3-18, is expected to feature 12 single-family homes ranging from the mid-$300,000s to the low $500,000’s.

“We appreciate the chance to showcase a new and different community for our builders and our visitors — a mixed-use community with a variety of housing products on display. We are confident the prices, the products and the community will be a real attraction for Homearama visitors — and for home buyers in Chesapeake,” said TBA President Pete A. Kotarides.

The location is central to the rest of the region and just a few miles from the Interstate and is in the new Grassfield High School district.

“It’s not often that we have an opportunity to master plan a community surrounded by such historic and environmentally significant elements,” said Tim Culpepper, vice president of Robinson Development Group.

“We’re excited about the vision we have for this neighborhood, and we’re excited about sharing that vision with visitors to Homearama” said Culpepper, whose family has owned the property since 1926..

“We want to show home buyers how a mixed-used community can enhance their quality of life. We will offer lifestyle amenities with our aquatic center, pocket parks and garden areas, commercial amenities in our Mercantile District, and even natural amenities with our walking trails and canoe launches. We also want to feature some of the creative design elements we are implementing that result in less impact to the environment and a more attractive community.”

The site consists of 488 acres, with 150 of them designated as a dedicated conservation area. The community, which borders the historic Dismal Swamp Canal on the east and the 111,000-acre Great Dismal Swamp wildlife refuge on the south, recently earned a River Star designation from the Elizabeth River Project, one of only two communities ever to receive this designation.

Homearama Chairman Herb Watson, who has already built and sold several homes in the neighborhood, assures show guests the homes will display the same attention to quality and detail they are used to seeing in a Homearama home – but they’ll be smaller, ranging from 1,600 to over 2,400 square feet — and more affordable.

Kotarides said the association changed the location from Hampton Roads Crossing in northern Suffolk, a successful mixed-use development, the home of the Virginia Modeling and Simulation Center, after builders who were initially interested in participating indicated the time frame, the lot size and the unique design requirements didn’t allow them to use their standard plans.

Kotarides added that several traditional Homearama builders are already building homes in Culpepper Landing and have a vested interest in a successful event there, as well as floor plans already developed for a Homearama home.

In addition, the developers, Robinson Development Group and Culpepper Landing L.C, had already expressed an interest in hosting Homearama.

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