The Dragas Companies is pleased to announce that its Apartments at Spence Crossing community received a prestigious Merit Award from the Virginia Beach Planning Commission during its annual Design Awards Ceremony. The Merit Award for Residential Development is given to a project that enhances the quality of life for residents by incorporating safe, innovative design that integrates planning elements, such as connectivity, visual and functional open space, pedestrian networks and landscaped streetscapes. Begun in 1991, the Planning Commission Design Awards Program showcases and recognizes development projects that demonstrate outstanding quality, innovative design solutions and enhancement of the built and natural environment. The Merit Award recognizes exemplary development and execution of a project. The Apartments at Spence Crossing is located in the heart of Virginia Beach and in the area’s best-selling community, Spence Crossing at Princess Anne. Offering residential brilliance in design and landscaping, the community offers one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments coupled with five-diamond service. Amenities abound throughout the 23-acre community, which includes a large clubhouse with state-of-the-art fitness center, swimming pool, cabana lounge with outdoor grill stations, lakes, walkways and green space. Pamela Olive, Regional Property Manager for The Dragas Companies says “The residents enjoy their spacious apartment homes, and appreciate the resort style amenities that offer a balanced and relaxing lifestyle to share with their family and friends. “ The Dragas Companies has been creating communities of enduring beauty and delivering quality homes with a tradition of excellence for close to 50 years in Hampton Roads. For more information about The Dragas Companies or The Apartments at Spence Crossing, visit