Henrico County approves 9/11 memorial

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HENRICO COUNTY, VA (WWBT) – The Henrico County Board of Supervisors approved a development plan for a 9/11 monument near Regency Square Mall.

If all goes as planned the three-story granite memorial will be finished next year, in time for the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. It will be near the corner of Parham and Eastridge Roads right across Regency Square Mall.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the approval does not automatically allow the construction of the monument. The vote allows the non-profit group The Freedom Flag Foundation to begin raising money for the memorial.  It allows the planners to spend the next six months raising $2 million in donations and grants before they ask the County for a construction agreement.

For the non-profit group, the objective is to have a place to remember the 9/11 victims and serve as a teaching tool.

We want to make sure we can do everything we can as a community to instill in our young people that 9/11 hasn't faded in our memory," said Milton Burton, Vice President of the Foundation.

The proposal did come with some opposition. Homeowner Vickie Beaty is worried about the bright lights and property values going down.

"I am concerned about the traffic even being more increased with people parking over there," said Beaty.

The plan includes six parking spaces and borrowed parking nearby, but David Pinkus doesn't like the location to begin with.

"It should be built somewhere in Arlington County as close as possible to the Pentagon, which is where the events took place, not on a insignificant lot in the middle of between a shopping center and a Shell run station and a 7/11," said Pinkus.

Despite the opposition the development plan was approved.

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