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Silver Cos. plans resort on Caroline property

 Plans for a small Silver Cos. resort in Caroline County call for a 12-room lodge with a dining area, conference and meeting spaces, and other amenities.
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Date published: 1/6/2013

BY BILL FREEHLING

The Silver Cos. wants to build a small, high-end resort on land the company's CEO owns off the south side of U.S. 17 in Caroline County.

The proposed facility would be built within a 1,209-acre property that Larry Silver has owned for nearly a decade. The land, which isn't far from the Spotsylvania County line, is adjacent to Fort A.P. Hill and the historic Moss Neck Manor.

Plans for the facility call for a 12-room lodge with a dining area, conference and meeting spaces, and other amenities, said Silver Cos. principal Jud Honaker. Additional cottages could be built to provide more lodging. The main lodge would be about 7,100 feet off U.S. 17.

Silver Cos. officials envision that the facility could be used for corporate retreats and other special events for up to about 40 people. There would be recreational activities including hunting and clay pigeon shooting, as well as fishing, canoeing and swimming on a lake that is part of the property.

Honaker said the Silver Cos. is also working on a separate application to allow Waldorf, Md.-based Chaney Enterprises to mine sand and gravel on a portion of the property near U.S. 17. The mining would ultimately create reclamation lakes that could be incorporated into the water recreational activities offered at the lodge.

The text amendment will be before Caroline's Planning Commission soon, and the Board of Supervisors will later take up the matter. The Silver Cos. is working with Caroline officials on the approval process. Caroline would first need to pass a text amendment that would allow special exception permits to be issued for resorts in areas zoned rural preservation, and Silver would then apply for the permit.

Honaker said his company would start developing the facility soon after receiving approval. He said Larry Silver has long wanted to build that type of corporate retreat, and recently gave company officials the go-ahead to get started. This summer, Honaker said, about 660 cedar, walnut and cherry trees were cut down on the property to be used to construct the lodge.


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