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Chesterfield looks to revitalize existing development

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Chesterfield County has grown over the years as the population in Richmond grew. Now, officials are taking a fresh look at how it is growing. At the request of the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Division is working to revitalize existing structures and revamp older areas.

In past years, most of the development in the County went up in green spaces to the West. Now, officials say gateway passages into the city are going to be key to what comes next in this revitalization process. Examples include The Jeff Davis corridor, Route 10 corridor, Hull Street corridor, and Route 60.

Along Midlothian Turnpike, new development is building, a fresh start to a place that had grown tired and worn.

"Clover leaf mall, in its hay day, was the most popular mall in the region," said Kirk Turner, Planning Director. "It attracted a lot of folks on a daily basis, but it ran through its life span and it came to the point where it didn't make sense to reuse those buildings so they came down."

Now, officials hope this area could be getting a fresh start. They're working on development that could be bringing people back to the area. And they say Kroger is already here leading the way.

They say this type of development is showing the hope they have for development in many older areas of Chesterfield. Instead of focusing on growing in new spaces, t he county leaders looking at existing areas how to grow them and improve them.

"We're going to see new investment in established older communities," said Turner. "Which will bring retail back to those areas where retail has moved west to meet the market demand."

Leaders plan to improve neighborhoods by updating local infrastructures like schools and fire stations. Right now, neighborhoods like Bensley, Meadowdale, Meadowbrooke, and Crestwood Farms are on the list of places to improve.

The thought is if we can invest in those communities and improve the quality of the facilities we are offering, it will encourage new investment," said Turner.

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