Proposed development in Williamsburg getting much push back

A plan to trade corn fields for apartments and shops is getting a lot of push back.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WVEC) -- A plan to trade corn fields for apartments and shops is getting a lot of push back.

Developers want to build 276 apartments and approximately 20,000 square feet of commercial space in Williamsburg.

The property consists of five parcels located in the southeast quadrant of the intersection of Lightfoot Road (Route 646) and Old Mooretown Road (Route 1408) and is further identified as 206, 212, 216, 220 and 304 Lightfoot Road (Assessor’s Parcel Nos. 1-4, 2-14-1, 1-3, 1-2, and 2-22).

However, residents think this would be a bad addition to an already congested area.

Williamsburg resident Kim Gill strongly believes the property is not an ideal location for the mixed-use development.

“The amount of traffic isn't going to be suitable for this area,” Gill says. “We need more affordable apartments not luxury.”

Many people are expressing their concerns on social media. Concerns from traffic congestion, not enough affordable housing in the city, to the cost of living in Williamsburg potentially going up.

“It's a populated area, we don't need more stuff,” Diamond Fields says. “We don't need any more stores or apartments that people can't afford.”

Many are also troubled at the fact that there are several empty stores in the area, and say before county leaders start building anything new, they need to work what they have.

“People who are lower income to mid-income won't be able to stay around here,” Chris Toothman says.

On August 9th, the York County planning commission will vote whether to recommend the application to the board of supervisors, who will ultimately make the final decision.

More information on Application No. PD-45-17, Lightfoot Development, LLC can be found here.

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