Thursday, April 26, 2007

Plan for upscale grocery store development on U.S. 220 in Botetourt County withdrawn

Concerns about traffic and sewer capacity in the Daleville corridor derailed the project.
The Roanoke Times
By Matt Chittum

The owners of the site of a proposed upscale grocery store and other shops in Daleville just across the street from a large-scale commercial development already under way withdrew their rezoning petition Tuesday.

Already this year the owner and developer withdrew their application from consideration by the Botetourt County Planning Commission. If they choose to resubmit the application, they must wait 90 days and start the application process all over again.

The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors had scheduled a public hearing on the petition by Layman Family LLC on Tuesday, a week after the planning commission voted to recommend approval of it.

But a meeting between the developer of the proposed Old Orchard Marketplace and County Administrator Jerry Burgess on Friday apparently changed things.

"It is now clear to us that our proposal ... will need to be significantly modified in order to properly address the county's concerns," members of the Layman family wrote to Burgess on Monday. . . .

. . .The site is about a half-mile north of Lord Botetourt High School, and directly across the street from the Daleville Town Center, where developers broke ground last fall. That development involves 200,000 square feet of commercial space and a combination of 300 single- and multifamily housing units in a traditional neighborhood-style development over the next 10 years....

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