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Neighbors protest Henrico Doctor’s Hospital proposal to buy school land

Posted at 7:10 PM, Nov 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-18 19:14:17-05

HENRICO, Va. -- Henrico Doctor's Hospital wants to expand and buy the land adjacent to the facility, which is the land behind Three Chopt Elementary school.

The school system appears to be on board but some neighbors are very unsettled by the proposal.

A half dozen properties back up to the land, which is off Skipwith, near Forest Road, but each neighbor is concerned.

They are worried about a traffic increase, and a decrease in property values.

"I don't want it at all,” said resident Jeff Grieves.

Neighbors who live along Woodley Road said "it's quiet and peaceful.”

"I mean it's just safe, this is, I have kids, this is why I’m in this area, is for my kids, cause it's such a nice area,” John Turpine said.

Neighbors believe that the area will change if the proposed sale of the woods goes through, and construction begins on a four-story medical building.

"It would change the scope of the neighborhood, it would lower the value of, the home, the property value,” Turpine said.

"HCA is going to put a four-story building, 25 feet from our backyard,” Grieves said. “So now we're going to have a four-story building in our backyard, basically be looking in our backyards, so now our property value going to go down."

The Henrico County School Board agreed to the sale back in August.

"There is no public use or public necessity for the 4.56 acres and it is surplus to the school board's needs. HCA has requested the school board sell to it the 4.56 acres for the purchase price of $3.2 million dollars."

The hospital said it will also use un-developed land it bought in 1970.

"Three acres of that property is being combined with 4.56 acres being acquired from Henrico County Public Schools and are subject to rezoning. The property being rezoned will be about five homes along Woodley road and one home along Parkline Drive."