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‘I’m very happy this isn’t moving forward:’ Villas of Lynchburg project canceled

The proposed project caused controversy in historic neighborhood

LYNCHBURG, Va.UPDATE

“I’m very happy this isn’t moving forward,” Todd Leap, organizer for Save Villa Maria and Historic Neighborhoods, said.

Leap also the campaign manager and his neighbors were ready to throw questions at the developers this weekend at a community meeting.

“We had over 1,000 signatures for our petition in opposition to the development. And we had 35 of the 36 adjoining properties signed onto that position as well,” Leap said.

That won’t be happening anymore. The engineering firm who represents n-r-m associates sent an email to city leaders Thursday cancelling the Villas of Lynchburg project.

“They indicated that the overall opposition to the project was their main reason for withdrawing, both from the planning division because we had concerns about the project and the neighborhood as well,” Rachel Frischeisen, city planner, said.

The group initially proposed to rezone this abandoned school to 53-townhomes.

City leaders say the developer reduced the number to 44, but it wasn’t enough to sway the neighbors.

“We kept pushing for low-density and we talked to the developer about low-density, but they came back with the redesign, but it was still a high-density,” Leap said.

Though the campaign is over, and the signs will be coming down. The hopes to see something good happen to this vacant property is not.

“We would love to see the building be torn down and either a low-density development occur back here with some single family homes or become a green space. One of the other,” Leap said.

We reached out to, Mitchell Namrow, the engineer on the project to ask some questions.

At the time this article was posted we have not heard back from him. Check back later for updates, as we plan to add his response.

ORIGINAL

A controversial townhome project in Lynchburg will not be happening. Developers have canceled their plans to build The Villas of Lynchburg, according to an announcement from the city.

The city was notified by the engineering firm for the project, Acres of Virginia, that their client, NRM Associates, canceled its contract with the property owner and said it will not be pursuing the development of the project anymore.

They reportedly cited opposition from the neighborhood and concern from the planning division as a reason for the decision.

Developers had hoped to turn the area behind historic Villa Maria on Villa Road into townhomes.

The original plans called for more than 50 townhomes.


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