Chesterfield's Midlothian Turnpike gets an upgrade

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – More than one mile of Midlothian Turnpike is getting a $300,000 makeover. The project is two years in the making- businesses couldn't be more excited.

His office is on a different street, but in order to get to and from Ray Birk's has to take Midlothian Turnpike.

"This area around here is about 30 years old and it's beginning to show its 30 years," said Ray Birk with Super Radiator Coils. "And we thought, the business leaders in this area, thought it would be a good idea to see what we could do, working with the county, to revitalize it."

The goal is to improve street scapes, encourage new investment and build pride in the community.

"The idea is to do both the landscaping and then maintain it at a very, very high level," said Tom Jacobson with Chesterfield County. "From just West of Alverser to just to the east side of Johnston-Willis Drive. It's very important that the public understands that this landscaping is financed by the businesses, property owners in the area."

350 businesses are paying an extra $.02 for every $100 in property values. It's the first time Chesterfield has created a special tax for revitalization. In a cash strapped economy Debbie Jukes think it's a genius idea.

"I think it's a great idea. It makes the community look so much nicer," said Debbie Jukes.

"It's a huge difference. Between weeds and cigarette butts and nice looking flowers and plants," said Birk.

Small trees, bushes and perennials will cover the ground aluminum cans used to claim. Business owners say it's a chance to keep one part of Midlothian Turnpike from looking like another.

"I think Cloverleaf Mall for sure had an impact on this project. The business owners in this area do not want to have happen what happened at Cloverleaf Mall," Birk added.

The 1 and a forth mile stretch will be landscaped in one month. The 350 businesses have signed on to maintain the plants for several years.

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