Powhatan Wal-Mart debate continues

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
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POWHATAN COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - The debate over whether or not to build a Wal-Mart in Powhatan County was taken up again at a meeting Monday night.

The public hearing centered around construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter in rural Powhatan County.

The idea has been in our headlines since the beginning, and Monday night the Board of Supervisors decided they need more time. This doesn't mean the plan is off the table. If eventually approved, the rezoning would allow for the retail development along US Route 60 near Page Road.

Many have argued that a Wal-Mart would compromise the rural character of the county, making it more like neighboring Chesterfield County. Others believe it's time for change.

Many opposed the big box store being built in Powhatan, while others looked on the bright side, but in the end, the board decided to wait.

An economic impact study estimates that the Wal-Mart development would generate more than $650,000 a year in revenue for the county and create more than 350 jobs.

According to state law the Powhatan board now has a year to reconsider the proposal.

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