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Hanover Board of Supervisors expected to vote on Wegman’s proposal

Posted at 1:49 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 14:03:22-04

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- The Hanover County Board of Supervisors Wednesday evening will hold a public hearing and is expected to vote on a Wegman's warehouse proposal.

In February, the Hanover County Planning Commission approved plans for Wegman's to build a $175 million Wegmans distribution center near Sliding Hill Road and Ashcake Road.

The county said the new center would create over 700 jobs and take up more than a million square feet of land.

Some neighbors who live near the proposed center have expressed concerns about how the center will impact safety, traffic, and quality of life.

“There’s traffic already and now you’re saying put tractor trailers on there and other employee cars," neighbor Cathy Billups told CBS 6. "Then start thinking sidewalks, cross walks, and start using these tax dollars to provide safety for your residents.”

According to Wegmans, a traffic impact analysis has been prepared which shows Wegmans will generate a total 2,864 vehicle trips per day. Nearly 250 trips will occur in the morning peak hour and 263 trips will occur in the evening peak hour. If those numbers hold true, it would be approximately 85 percent fewer vehicles than permitted under the current zoning.

Wegmans' own studies showed significantly lower traffic generation based on a similar Pennsylvania distribution center.

The deadline for email and voice mail comments for the public hearing was Monday.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the proposal during the public hearing, which begins at Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be livestreamed and can be watched here.

For more information about the public hearing, click here.