Mixed-use development project wins approval in Hanover

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HANOVER, VA (WWBT) – The landscape in Hanover County will soon take on a new look. Plans are moving forward for a mega mixed-use development project.

It's called East Ashland Development. It will be built on Route 54 -- right at the Hanover County Ashland town border. Construction is expected to get underway in 2012.

"The intent is to concentrate development, reduce reliance on the amount of land needed to provide residential commercial areas, and locate these areas near major corridors such as I-95," said David Maloney, Deputy Director of Planning for Hanover County.

The multi-million dollar mixed-use project cleared its final hurdle Wednesday night getting a thumbs up from the Hanover County Board of Supervisors.

The project consists of 800 residential units which includes single family homes, town houses, and apartments. There will also be office buildings and retail space.

Some residents say they're not in favor of the project; that's its too big and not needed. County leaders say the project will bring big bucks to the area, as well as jobs.

"With commercial development it reduces the tax burden for residents in the county. In addition there will be construction jobs. That also translates to employment in Hanover County," said Maloney.

Although the completion of the project will be market driven, the developer hopes to have it finished within the next 15 years.

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