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Botetourt County leaders looking to push for economic development at exit 150

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BOTETOURT CO. (WSLS10) - Botetourt County leaders are wanting to bring in more businesses and housing options along the exit 150 corridor.

They hired a consulting firm, RKG Associates, to determine if there is potential for economic growth.

This comes after VDOT announced plans to build a better interchange at the exit.

People who live in Botetourt County can say the area is growing.

"I moved here when I was about 5 years old, so this was orchards," Brittany Lepore who lives in Botetourt County said.

Lepore is the manager of Tizzone, a restaurant in the Daleville Town Center.

Lepore is one of many people who feel having more businesses in the area could help improve the quality of life in Botetourt County.

"It'd be great to have more businesses here, people need options it doesn't necessarily have to be like chains or anything but more like family run stuff," Lepore said.

County staff said after hiring RKG Associates to conduct the study they learned they area south of exit 150 to Troutville is underutilized.

They also learned there's about $33,600,000 of land value whether it be pre existing businesses or land that hasn't been developed.

The Information Specialist for Botetourt County said they also learned there is a market for rental housing, about 25 to 50 new apartment and town homes could be built in the area.

They also learned there's a market for hotels, the study estimated about 80 to 150 rooms could be supported between one or two hotels.

"Southern Botetourt, especially around the exit 150 area has always been an important area for residential and commercial growth and with VDOT opening up new land and providing better access to what's already there, we knew there were knew opportunities," Cody Sexton, the Information Specialist for Botetourt County said.

Botetourt County leaders are moving forward after learning about the new study, they next step they said is reorganize the county's industrial development authority, to now the economic development authority which will specifically focus on supporting efforts to bring in more businesses and housing options around exit 150.