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York County Supervisors OK addition of 650 homes to Marquis shopping center development

The York Board of Supervisors approved a pair of proposals expanding the footprint of a shopping center in upper York County.

Developers of The Marquis, located off Interstate 64 and Route 199 near Water Country USA, asked the supervisors to add 200,000-square-feet of retail space to the existing 127-acre commercial parcel for a national club discount store, gas station and restaurant. In another request, developers asked to rezone the lower, undeveloped portion of their property to allow for a 650-unit residential development.

The board unanimously approved both requests, despite concerns from its planning board, which did not favor the residential development.

The planning commissioners voted 4-1 against the rezoning, saying developers were trying to accomplish too much with too little land. They voiced objections to the lack of recreational facilities, the small lot sizes and the potential impact to the schools.

During Monday night’s meeting, developer Todd Interests added additional recreational facilities including tennis courts and bike paths, increased the distance between buildings and offered a seven-acre site for a potential school or that could be sold by the county for an estimated value of $2 million.

The shopping center has struggled financially since its start in 2005. The current developer, Todd Interests, purchased the shopping center in 2011 after a previous owner went bankrupt.
Williamsburg attorney Greg Davis, who represents Todd Interests, told the supervisors the new plans are the key to revitalizing The Marquis.

“The state of The Marquis, as well you know, has been abysmal for the last four years,” Davis said. “A successful Marquis requires this national anchor tenant.”

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