Peacock wants East Ridgeville Boulevard to cross Route 27 Developer seeking better access for his 13-acre site on Ridge Road

September 28, 1993|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Staff writer

A proposal that would allow East Ridgeville Boulevard to extend across Route 27 was presented last night to the Mount Airy Planning and Zoning Commission.

The proposal, submitted by developer Robert Peacock, would improve access to a 13-acre property he plans to develop.

The property, which is zoned for commercial use, is located at Ridge Road near Interstate 70.

Two businesses -- a gasoline station and a convenience store -- plan to locate on the property. However, Mr. Peacock said that several businesses have expressed interest in the site.

He said the poor access to the property has severely limited his efforts to market it.

His plans for developing the site have been delayed for a year while he awaited approval from the State Highway Administration to extend East Ridgeville Boulevard across Route 27.

"It's taken them a year to deliberate and allow a break in access [to Route 27]," said Teresa M. Bamberger, town planner.

The proposed extension raises several issues for the planning and zoning commission to consider, Ms. Bamberger said.

For example, it is unclear how the extension would affect adjacent property zoned for low-density residential use.

Of the 13-acres he plans to develop, Mr. Peacock also has agreed to set aside one parcel for the town so it may have more of a say in the road alignment.

That will be another issue for the planning and zoning commission to study.

Mr. Peacock would assume all costs of the road extension.

Ms. Bamberger suggested the planning and zoning commission members visit the site to get a better idea of the developer's plan.

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