HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Hundreds of homes are on the way to Hanover County. The Hickory Hill Development is located off Route 54 in Hanover between Interstate 95 and Route 301. After a series of compromises, more than 275 homes will go up in the coming years.
The idea is to maintain rural integrity while creating convenience for homeowners. Once you get over the road, it's a quick jump to the interstate and your shopping needs.
There are no homes yet, but construction has begun on the road and entrance to the new Hickory Hill development. The folks in charge hope this area will be a magnet for potential homeowners.
Manager of Hickory Hill Partners, LLC Todd Rogers says, "the location of the properties is unbelievable. You have a two-mile ride to Interstate 95, a two-mile to route 301, you can get anywhere in Richmond, you can go north from here also."
This land has been on developers' radar for more than 30 years, and not everyone has been happy with the idea of hundreds of additional homes in the area.
Beaverdam District supervisor Bucky Stanley says at one time though, there was a proposal on the table to build 3,500 homes here, so he believes the plans now are an appropriate compromise.
"Some folks in this neighborhood are still not pleased with it, but I think it's much better than it could have been," Stanley said.
Developers tell us there is already a lot of interest in this community, and there's evidence they are telling the truth. The information box that's stationed at the entrance to these future neighborhoods is empty.
The promise: a country meets city feel with clusters of neighborhoods alongside woods, walking and biking trails. County leaders are pleased with another promise: to preserve 1,700 acres for rural use only.
"That really gives you the opportunity to feel like you are in a rural area, but you got the suburban setting with neighborhoods and cul-de-sacs," Rogers said.
"We preserved 1,700, so that's pretty good, and that will be just for trees or agriculture, so that's a good thing," Stanley said.
You should see the first homes in this neighborhood by next summer, after that, this entire community will be built over the next six to seven years.