Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Daleville I-81 exit hotel rezoning OK'd

Money for improvements to Interstate 81's Exit 150 lead county supervisors to reverse course.
The Roanoke Times
By Jay Conley

The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors reversed course this morning and approved rezonings for a hotel near the Daleville exit on Interstate 81, nearly a month after the proposal died on a tie vote.

Relax Investments Group wants to build an 84-room hotel as part of a commercial park on 8.5 acres of land on the eastern side of U.S. 11 just north of U.S. 220 and Exit 150.

The supervisors took two votes on Feb. 27 to rezone the land and both ended in 2-2 ties with one member absent. The ties meant the rezonings died.

This morning, with all five members present, the board rescinded the Feb. 27 votes and approved the rezonings 4-1 with Amsterdam District Supervisor Steve Clinton the lone dissenter.

The key issue in the deadlock last month was county leaders' growing frustration with traffic congestion at the Daleville exit, the location of a truck stop and a plethora of other gas stations, restaurants and hotels.

Last week, county officials learned that the Virginia Department of Transportation has allocated funds for that project. That money will be used to begin planning for long-delayed improvements to U.S. 11 near the I-81 interchange, county leaders said.

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