Buckland Receives $40,000 Donation

Press Release issued by Equinox Investments, LLC


Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve Protects More Than 380 Acres of Conservation Land

HAYMARKET, VA, November 1, 2013 – A unique community, envisioned to be a model for preservation- oriented land planning, broke ground earlier this week in western Prince William County. With an impressive open space commitment of more than 380 acres, Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve offers a unique and thoughtful solution to progressive land use management and finding the balance between human population growth and the preservation of natural habitats.

From left to right: Joe Abarno, Vice President, Villages of Piedmont HOA; William “Mack” Smith, Principal, Equinox Investments, LLC; Truett Young, Director of Land Acquisition, Stanley Martin Homes; The Honorable Corey A Stewart, Chairman, Prince William Board of County Supervisors; Scott C. Plein, Principal, Equinox Investments, LLC; The Honorable W.A. Wally Covington III, Brentsville Supervisor and

Vice-Chair, Prince William Board of County Supervisors; and Christopher D. Collins, Senior Vice President – Land, Winchester Homes.

Dignitaries who attended the ceremony included The Honorable Corey A. Stewart, Chairman, Prince William Board of County Supervisors and The Honorable W.S. Wally Covington III, Brenstville Supervisor and Vice- Chair, Prince William Board of County Supervisors. Representatives from The Honorable Pete Candland’s office (R-Gainesville) were also in attendance. In total, over 80 people turned out, with representation from the Villages of Piedmont community, the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, the Buckland Preservation Society, the Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center, and Ducks Unlimited.

Chairman Stewart told the audience, “When Scott [C.] Plein [Principal at Equinox Investments, LLC] does something, he does it right.” “Everybody in the County is excited about this project” that is “preserving the natural landscape and native species while creating homes with a completely different feel than a [typical] cookie cutter neighborhood.” There is an “attention to the natural landscape that you just don’t see anywhere else.” He added that “this project has helped build confidence in the building and development industry as a whole.”

Supervisor Covington (R-Brenstville) commended Equinox on bringing “a new recipe to the land use planning cookbook of the County” adding that, “this project has all the right ingredients.”

Located approximately 30 miles west of Washington, D.C. in northwest Prince William County, the Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve is just south of Interstate 66 at the intersection of James Madison Highway (Route 15) and Market Ridge Boulevard. The project is uniquely situated at the midsection of The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area and Scenic Byway, a corridor long valued by conservationists and historians, and will be the focus of the Journey’s second Living Legacy Pilot Project. Comprised of approximately 493 acres, the project is adjacent to the existing Villages of Piedmont residential community which currently consists of a mixture of 413 single family homes and townhomes. Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve will complete the balance of this community with the addition of 393 new homes (132 single family and 261 townhomes) in a unique cluster design with strict architectural guidelines to ensure a quality community reflecting styles and features that are in keeping with the existing homes.

One of the most compelling aspects of the project is the impressive open space commitment—the permanent conservation of more than 380 acres known as “Leopold’s Preserve”—aptly named for the famous conservationist, Aldo Leopold, that will be preserved through a conservation easement as natural open space and open to the public for passive recreation. Within the open space there will be over 5 miles of natural surface walking trails, observation areas, wildflower meadows, and numerous interpretive signs that will showcase the environmental and historic features of the property and the surrounding area. Equinox has enlisted the help of Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, Conservation Management Institute, to assist with several of the sign interpretations and designs. Additional amenities will include a community center with a 25 meter, 6 lane swimming pool and kiddie pool, 3 tot lots, a large playground, a dog park, and a 750 square foot interpretive center. The streets will be named after famous naturalists and conservationists, such as John Muir (Muir Drive), Gifford Pinchot (Pinchot Lane) and John Bartram (Bartrams Forest Lane). The project also includes a $6.5 million dollar commitment to jump-start the design and construction of the long-planned widening of Route 15 to four lanes, south of Interstate 66.

Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area home builders–Stanley Martin Homes and Winchester Homes—are the builders for the 132 single family homes and 168 townhomes, respectively. Equinox, the developer for the project, says it will announce the builder for the remaining 93 townhome lots in the coming months.

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