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Shopping center plans have residents up in arms

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Plans for a new Chesterfield shopping center have nearby residents up in arms, who are concerned about the size and scope of the project.

The proposed Stonehenge Shopping Center would be built on Midlothian Turnpike across from Walmart Way. It would possibly include a 135,000 square foot supermarket, three restaurants and 75,000 square feet of retail space.

The proposed shopping center is also expected to draw an additional 22,000 vehicles each day.

"It's very difficult to get in and out already," said Allen Campbell. Campbell lives behind the proposed development in the Stonehenge neighborhood. "During the holidays, especially Christmas, it's almost impossible to get around."

According to a report by the Chesterfield Planning Commission, on any given day, the intersection at Midlothian Turnpike and Walmart Way sees over 40,000 vehicles already.

Marchetti Properties is the developer of the proposed Stonehenge. An attorney for the developer says there would be road improvements made to minimize impact like additional turn lanes and a pedestrian walkway.

"We believe at the end of the day this project leaves the community in a better position than it was before," said Brennen Keene, the attorney for Marchetti Properties.

Still, residents say, they're not convinced.

Plans for Stonehenge Shopping Center are in their beginning stages but residents hope to stop construction before it starts. 

There will be a public hearing on this project at the next Chesterfield Planning Commission meeting on January 15.

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