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Colonial Heights project advances
By Blake Belden, Staff Writer
Jul 8, 2014, 14:07

Rendering of the development
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Early plans have been approved to develop a nearly 60,000-square-foot office building on the south end of the Boulevard in Colonial Heights.

Following a unanimous vote by the Planning Commission on July 1, the preliminary plans to build a four-story, 58,486 square-foot office building at the intersection of Archer Ave and the Boulevard have been moved forward to the engineering phase.

Located on a four-acre site, a 0.08 acre parcel of the site was just recently sold by the city to A+ Properties, Inc., an agreement that had been renegotiated many times to preserve the river trail system that will run along the Appomattox River and to make sure that the property could not be used for residential purposes.

The owner of the property will be responsible for stormwater management and allowing for a 50-foot river easement so the city can complete the fourth and final phase of the Appomattox River Trail System.

The proposed plan designates a 44-foot, brick building with a flat roof will be designated for the use of office space on the property.

As required by city staff, the development will include a new curb and gutter along the roadway, a five-foot concrete sidewalk and handicap accessible ramps from the Boulevard to the front of the property.

The preliminary plan states that “documentation from FEMA is required stating that this development will not cause a rise in surface elevation or cause any flooding issues.”

The proposal states that the expected traffic to be generated from the site will not warrant the implementation of a stop light at the intersection.

Richard Baird, Jr. is the engineer on the project and preliminary architectural designs were drawn up by RML Architecture.

At this point, it is a matter of having a final set of plans approved by engineers to go before a vote by the city council, said George Schanzenbacher, the director of planning and development in Colonial Heights.

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