LOUISA COUNTY, Va. — Louisa county is contemplating buying greater than 1,600 acres of property for a proposed regional enterprise park.
“At this level, we’re on the very starting phases of the method,” stated Mineral district supervisor Duane Adams. “Not one acre of land has been bought. The one factor that we’ve executed at this level from a county authorities standpoint is train choices on land and now we commissioned a due diligence examine to see if this can be a good web site, if this can be a correct location for a regional enterprise park.”
The county has choices to buy $6.5 million value of land between interstate 64 and Route 605 within the Shannon Hill space.
“A part of the property was already on the market,” stated Adams. “All of those had been prepared sellers and there may be not one everlasting residence on your entire 1,450 acres that we’ve optioned,” stated Adams.
The board could elect to amass as a lot as 1,650 acres.
Mild industrial firms like meals and beverage producers, warehousing and knowledge facilities could be focused for the park.
“The county is seeking to discover a strategy to develop the financial base within the county, so we will develop our tax base maintain property taxes down we will present job alternatives for the county,” stated Adams.
Dan and Carol Boone personal 28 acres in between optioned acreage within the Quail neighborhood.
“All of this was our onerous work and now they’re going to plow it beneath,” stated Dan Boone.
“It scares me to loss of life that they’re going to place us in the midst of a park and we’re going to lose all of this quietness,” stated Judy Boone. “That is additionally our youngsters’s inheritance. In the event that they put huge buildings subsequent to it, the worth of the home is simply going to be nothing.”
“These are legitimate issues. We need to pay attention and handle these issues and if we transfer ahead, work on methods to mitigate the influence on the neighbors,” stated Adams.
The Boones moved to Louisa 20 years in the past to flee the busy DC space.
“Now we don’t hear something, and also you look out and the deer are out in your yard or the turkeys are wandering round and also you hear them gobbling. It’s so totally different and that’s what we hope to retain,” stated Judy.
“None of this could be seen from the street,” stated Adams. “It will be absolutely contained within the enterprise park, so that you need to get a variety of acreage, so you may have the flexibility to be versatile and have the least influence.”
The Boones, who’re of their 80s, additionally concern they are going to be compelled to maneuver, however Adams says that won’t occur.
“They want the gasoline all the way in which down at 64 from behind us,” stated Judy. “It’s going to have to come back proper via our property they’re going to destroy this property even when we don’t have to maneuver gasoline line proper via right here.”
Adams stated if the county strikes ahead with the mega-site they may solely develop on optioned property and that a part of the land can be conserved.
“It offers us a number of room for buffers, conservation easements and in addition placement inside,” stated Adams.
“In the event that they really feel they want industrial parks, work on those we’ve already bought,” stated Judy.
Adams says the county doesn’t personal any of the prevailing industrial parks and that this proposal is being thought of as a consequence of its measurement and site.
“Long run this could be an financial profit to the county as a result of while you take a look at Louisa County, it’s an growing older inhabitants,” stated Adams. “The county solely funds itself two methods. It both expands the financial base or it raises taxes. I don’t need to elevate taxes. What I need to do is develop the financial base and put the county on agency footing.
Choices to buy the land expire in December and January however an extension is feasible.
The feasibility examine is predicted to be returned October 1.
A movement to cease the proposal failed Tuesday on the county’s board of supervisors assembly however Adam’s stresses nothing has been determined and that they need to make an informed resolution as soon as the examine comes again.
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