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Not Another Shopping Center in Williamsburg , Pleeeez say no.

Call me a slackard. With the recent glut of commercial space in the Williamsburg/ James City County Virginia area I had stopped paying attention to James City County Planning announcements. To my amazement an article in the VA Gazette announced a proposed plan to build  ANOTHER SHOPPING CENTER ! Kudos to the Gazette for scooping me !

I will admit that there are a few stores I would like to see here in Williamsburg. A Costco or Sam’s Club is first and foremost. I know , if I want the area to look like Newport News I should move there. But seriously it would be convenient to have one. Other than that I think we are fine with the current store selection considering the population base and the exiting tourist traffic.

The proposed center would be located  on Monticello Ave, across the street from Settlers Market. Now that makes a lot of sense. Don’t build on the previously forested piece of property that’s going into foreclosure . Lets clear more land and build ANOTHER SHOPPING CENTER.

I don’t get it. There are massive amounts of space in Settlers Market, Marquis Shopping Center ( where only five of 250 stores have been built), Williamsburg Crossing ( which wants to turn itself into another New Town) Various Outlet buildings along Richmond Rd.  ( Patriot Plaza) , Ukrops building on Mooretown, Williamsburg Pottery is a ghost town,  the list goes on and on.

Enough is enough, ( credit Donna Summer) We don’t need no more stinking stores. Lets work to fill up the ones we have or redevelop existing vacant buildings

The proposal calls for  to 74,000 square feet with a supermarket, drugstore, bank, restaurant, more stores  and office space.
Because of the zoning a special use permit is required. Let us all make sure we are heard at the public hearing.

Greg Davis the Kaufman & Canoles attorney  representing the developer  doesn’t add any new homes. ( hooray !) He also added that it will bring a drugstore within walking distance to New Town residences.

One improvement sited in the proposal is “traffic improvements on the Monticello corridor” Riddle me this Batman, how on earth can adding more traffic and more stores improve traffic ?

Davis exclaimed that “ It’s exciting to be able to say we have businesses that want to come out of the ground in James City County,”

I don’t know about you but I am not excited.

What do you think ? Please post your thoughts in the comment section below.

Map of re-zoning area

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2 Responses

  1. I agree 100%. There are too many vacant shops. One thing I love about this area is the amount of green – trees, grass, wildlife – still mixed in amongst the developments. I moved here from an area in PA that seems so grey in comparison. I really hope this plan does not get passed. It’s exciting that businesses want to come to JCC, but why not encourage them to use existing space, or even tear down existing vacant buildings and rebuild their shops there, than to wreck even more natural landscape? Count me in for the “not happy” tally. We have enough buildings, and not enough shops to fill them. And the ones that are filled, people don’t have the money they used to, to be able to shop for fun like they once did. Enough really is enough, I agree.

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