Lack of info on 'Matoaca Megasite' continues to frustrate neighbors

Lack of info on 'Matoaca Megasite' continues to frustrate neighbors
The plans for the site have been withdrawn.

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Questions remains about the future of the proposed Matoaca Megasite. Neighbors want more transparency from Chesterfield County.

The group Bermuda Advocates for Responsible Development (BARD) claims this megasite could have several negative impacts on the community, so they plan to keep researching and speaking with county leaders.

"I went to see all the plans laid out, and there is my house, it says Humphrey - the road is going through it," said neighbor Johnnie Humphrey.

Last year, Chesterfield County held several public meetings about the 1700 acre site they applied to rezone as "heavy industrial." The plans drew criticism and concern.

Neighbors like Humphrey are upset about new roads that could completely wipe out homes.

"It's not been easy under this stress. They can't give you a timeline, they wont tell you anything - you're left in limbo," said Humphrey.

The Economic Development Authority (EDA) says they are preparing studies to address your questions. Those questions are partly why BARD held their own public meeting Monday night - to address what they know, what they don't and what they've been pushing Chesterfield County to answer.

"There's no end user named, and they say they have no end user," said Mike Uzel, one of the leaders of BARD. "This will all be done with taxpayer money in the hope it would attract some huge business."

Uzel laid out the group's biggest frustrations, like the community impact on traffic and the environment. They have continued to do their research.

"In my 30 years of working in real estate, living next to an industrial site - living next to a megasite - does not make your property values go up. It does the opposite," said Uzel.

Neighbors want answers, and they want to protect the community they take pride in.

"I'm really emotional - I built this house 50 years ago!" said Humphrey.

The EDA says they will be holding more meetings after their studies are complete. BARD says they will continue their advocacy and asking others to join, as they work keep the public informed.

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