Former Roanoke grocery store could become school for children with autism

ROANOKE, Va. – A former grocery store in Southeast Roanoke could be transformed into a school for special needs children. 

According to a zoning application filed with the city, Centra Health Group has plans to develop the property into a school for children with autism. Centra's Rivermont Schools provide programs for students with special needs throughout the commonwealth. 

The property on Riverland Road used to be a Piggly Wiggly. It's currently owned by Branch Family LLC. 

The zoning board will have a chance to approve the application during a public hearing on Aug. 8.

To see renderings of the proposed property, click here.