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Residents to get chance to sound off on Midlothian development proposal

Residents will soon get a chance to voice their opinions on Winterfield Crossing. (Source: winterfieldcrossing.com) Residents will soon get a chance to voice their opinions on Winterfield Crossing. (Source: winterfieldcrossing.com)
MIDLOTHIAN, VA (WWBT) -

A meeting is planned for residents to voice concerns over the design plans for Winterfield Crossing.

The site is located on the north side of Midlothian Turnpike, just west of Winterfield Road. There has been an ongoing discussion over how the area should be developed, forcing the developer to go back to the drawing board multiple times.

Blackwood Development bought the land from the bank, after a former developer was forced to give up the land, and the plans for it. The developers have released a design book online at winterfieldcrossing.com that includes a design for shopping, working, dining and relaxing and states that the plans will focus on connectivity, accessibility and growth.

Marc Greenberg with Blackwood Development says the team has been working on the design plans for the last 18 months, taking into consideration the feedback from community members and county leaders.

Some neighbors worry about the architecture not fitting the feel of the area. The developers say they want to create a pedestrian-friendly area with a village feel, while also recognizing the history of the area.

To do that, they will be implementing up to four miles of walking paths with benches and 'pocket parks' along with using design inspiration from area landmarks.

The size of the development will depend on the market needs at the time construction begins, but could be up to 100,000 square feet. That construction could begin early next year if the Planning Commission approves the plans during their January meeting.

In addition to retail and office space, there is a third phase planned that would include around 200 apartment units. Those units would be for tenants 55 years or older.

Already, the developer is working with the Department of Transportation to improve and ease traffic concerns.

On Monday night, a meeting is scheduled for you to see the plans and hear from the developer. It will begin at 6:30 at Midlothian High School.

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