Browsing: Economic Development

On Jan. 18, the Chesterfield County Planning Commission heard an update from county officials about the existing Meadowville commercial development and a proposed rezoning of the Magnolia Green residential/commercial development. In considering the pending Magnolia Green commercial development, Economic Development Director Garrett Hart noted that Meadowville has taken over 20 years to develop. The 1,300-acre Bermuda site has around 600 acres left to develop, he said. It was purchased by the county in 1994 for $15.5 million, but land sales to date have totaled $25.2 million with 3,500-plus employees and $3.3 million in taxes paid per year. The latter equates…

The Chesterfield County Planning Commission on Sept. 21 recommended approval of a methane gas processing facility on the Shoosmith Bros., Inc. property and a commercial and residential development nearby on Ironbridge Road. The proposals were on the commission’s consent agenda and had no public opposition. The gas processing facility would be built on 10.3 acres south of Ironbridge Road and would process methane from Phase 1 of the landfill but not Phase 2. Two people spoke during public comment in favor of the proposal, but Renee Eldred said she preferred that the company — which is joining with Swift Creek…

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors heard an update from the Economic Development Department during their July 28 meeting. Economic Development Director Garrett Hart noted that the county’s unemployment rate has fallen from a recent high of 10.7 percent in April 2020 to 3.7 percent this past April. There were 7,799 open employee positions advertised as of July 28, Hart said. Capital One is expanding by 200,000 square feet in the Meadowville development, Jake Elder, the department’s small business assistant, said. In addition, Red Rock Developments of Columbia, S.C., recently began building a 353,044-square-foot speculative building in Meadowville Technology Park,…

A partnership between Hillside-Chester LLC and Hillside Developers LLC are giving Chester Village Shopping Center some desperately needed TLC. The project was slated to being in the spring but the developers tabled the plans as COVID-19 panned out. According to developers, most of the 23,000 square feet of retail space is pre-leased to a craft brewer, nail salon, and a breakfast restaurant. Pictured above is a rendering of the shopping center designed by Enteros Design of Richmond.

By a vote of 4-1 with Jim Ingle dissenting, the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors approved a rezoning for the Courthouse Landing mixed-use project last week. The June 24 meeting was the first one in months since the COVID-19 virus hit that allowed residents to speak in person during public comment. A number availed themselves of the opportunity. “This is an extremely solid project,” Dale District resident David Harris said. “It could fund schools and teacher raises” and add restaurants. “We need more jobs and tax money. We [have to] keep our teachers from leaving.” Mike Uzel said that, although…

It looks as if Carvana may be a victim of the economic impact from COVID-19.  The used auto reseller recently announced that it was backing away from its plans for a 184-acre site on Woods Edge Road in southeast Chesterfield County.  In a June 3 email, company spokeswoman Amy O’Hara said: “After further examination of current business priorities, Carvana is no longer pursuing an auto inspection center and storage facility in Chesterfield. The company appreciates the support and partnership it has received throughout the site selection process and extends its gratitude to the Chesterfield community.”  The Tempe, Ariz.-based company fought…

Five months after giving the project a denial recommendation, the Chesterfield County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of Courthouse Landing on May 19. Courthouse Landing traffic improvements The commission gave the project a denial recommendation Dec. 17. The Board of Supervisors remanded the case back to the Planning Commission on Jan. 22. The supervisors will now consider the case again. The developer of the project — which would be located on 124 acres on the northeast corner of Route 10 and Courthouse Road — made several revisions in order to gain approval of county staff. These include adding four turn…

Cartograf, a leading provider of packaging solutions across a wide range of industrial sectors, announced Oct. 23 that it will invest $65.3 million to establish its first folding and micro-corrugated package printing facility in the U.S. The 100-acre site will be located in the Meadowville Technology Park in Chesterfield County. Alexandra Wilson, a spokeswoman from The Keith Corp of Charlotte, N.C., said construction on a 315,000-square-foot building was set to begin the first week of November. Target opening date is March 2020. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina and Georgia for the project, which will create 63 new jobs, according…

Courtesy photo A German-Danish company recently held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate its expansion near the Chesterfield County Airport. On Oct. 4, county and company officials and others marked the addition of the company’s $4 million second phase, which includes manufacturing in a 45,000-square-foot facility at 8000 Whitepine Road. The company’s glass fiber pipe liner product is one of the most popular solutions for trenchless sewer rehabilitation throughout the world, a press release states. The firm’s international clients trust its high quality to rehabilitate more than 280 miles of damaged pipes annually. The Greater Richmond Partnership worked to recruit the company…

Jeff Driskill is the county’s new EMC. By a 4-1 vote with Jim Holland dissenting, the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors approved the Carvana project last week. The Tempe, Ariz.-based developer plans to build a car inspection and storage facility at the 184-acre site on Woods Edge Road. The supervisors had delayed the vote for a month in October. “I feel like there are proffers in here to address [citizens’] issues,” Bermuda District supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle said. “We have the challenge of balancing out residential, commercial and industrial so we can have a reasonable tax base.” Referring to buffers along…

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