Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, and House Democratic Leader Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax County, responded last week to the state’s recent No. 1 ranking by CNBC in its annual business rankings of the 50 states. The top ranking is determined following an extensive study... Read more
State approves emergency facility in Chester
It looks as if Chester may finally be getting an emergency room. Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center received notice that a Certificate of Public Need application it filed with the state last October was approved May 21. “We’re absolutely thrilled this was approved,” Bon Secours CEO Chris Accashian... Read more
County approves grant to build hotel/conference center
In order to attract a builder for a hotel and conference center at the old Cloverleaf Mall, the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors last week approved a grant for Shamin Hotels of Chester by a 4-1 vote with Steve Elswick dissenting. As part of the agreement, Shamin Hotels –... Read more
Torch officials discuss megasite proposal
Slightly more than 100 people gathered at Ironbridge Church last week to learn more about Torch Clean Energy’s proposal for the Shoosmith megasite in southern Chesterfield County. Torch would like to build a solar farm and entice a data center provider to the 1,677-acre property – 1,540 acres which... Read more
Funding approved for Ettrick train station
There may be hope that the Amtrak station remains in Ettrick after all. After the Federal Railroad Administration recently abandoned without explanation a study that recommended a future Amtrak station be located on the Boulevard in Colonial Heights, a representative of Virginians for Highspeed Rail notes that the Commonwealth... Read more
Panda Express, Popeyes on the way
Site plans have been approved for two fast food restaurants on Jefferson Davis Highway. Popeyes and Panda Express received site plan approvals on Dec. 20 and March 20, respectively. The two businesses would be located at 12131 and 12149 Jefferson Davis Highway south of a Dollar Tree store, which... Read more
Amin named Chester’s ‘Businessperson of the Year’
P.C. Amin was honored as the Chester Business Association’s Businessperson of the Year last week. In receiving the Snead-Stebbins Award for his efforts to promote business in the Chester area, Amin gave the area high praise. Amin, who immigrated to the U.S. from India, said locals have not given... Read more
Shamin Hotels plans to develop mixed-use site east of I-95
Shamin Hotels, Inc., the largest hotelier in Virginia, last week announced that it plans to invest approximately $125 million in Chesterfield County through multiple projects. Shamin, which is currently developing a Residence Inn next to Johnston Willis Hospital, plans to develop a 12-acre site east of Interstate 95 adjacent... Read more
Carvana explains plans for Woods Edge Road site
Around 100 people gathered at Elizabeth Scott Elementary School last week to hear about a proposed Carvana inspection site that would be located off Woods Edge Road east of Interstate 95. Carvana development team manager Todd Ward, local attorney Andy Condlin and Timmons Group engineer Roger Rodriguez spoke and... Read more
Coffee and breakfast/lunch?
It looks as if a Starbucks and First Watch restaurant may be coming to 9801 Lori Road. A real estate web site shows a site plan with those businesses at Ironwill Centre, which is described as “a new upscale retail development located at Beach Road and Iron Bridge Road.”... Read more