Extending to the height of a proposed indoor storage building, a test balloon will be flying above a property on the corner of Old...

Extending to the height of a proposed indoor storage building, a test balloon will be flying above a property on the corner of Old West Hundred and West Hundred roads on June 9 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. with a rain date on June 10. The building’s exterior is proposed to look much like an office building.

The proposed building has not yet been approved by the Chesterfield Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors, but a homeowner south of the project, Charity Howard and Gloria Charity, said they are okay with how the proposed building would be obscured from their home by trees and bushes.

Attorney, Jack Wilson III, is representing the case for the proposed developer. He and Bermuda Planning Commissioner Gib Sloan held the community meeting, which was the second of such meetings, because only one local resident attended the first meeting. Bermuda District Supervisor, Dorothy Jaeckle, asked that a second meeting be held so more people could have the opportunity to attend.

There were very few questions or objections. Judy Stoneman and Phil Lohr agreed that the building shouldn’t be located at the entrance to Chester Village and the size and height could set a precedent. Wilson stated that is why they are flying the balloon, to allay fears that the building may be too tall. Wilson and his client also want to convince the planning department that the proposed building is appropriate to have the zoning changed from Agricultural to Office/CUPD.

The planning commission will hear the request on July 19.