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2016-12-21 / News

SUPERVISORS CLOSE OUT 2016

As expected, the Board of Supervisors last week unanimously agreed that River City Sportsplex is in “substantial accord” with the county’s comprehensive plan, clearing the way for the county to acquire the 115-acre Genito Road athletic complex and operate it as a public park.

The county was scheduled to close on the $5.6 million transaction Monday with the facility’s owner, Shaw Industries.

The Board of Supervisors formally authorized the deal last month, contingent upon the Sportsplex property being appraised for more than the proposed purchase price.

According to county officials, the appraisal came in at $13.8 million – well above the $5 million Shaw paid for the facility at a 2012 foreclosure auction.

The county also had to obtain a determination that the Sportsplex facility’s use and location are in compliance with the comprehensive plan.

The Planning Commission recommended approval of the county’s substantial accord application and the Board of Supervisors accepted the commission’s findings with no discussion.

In other news from last week’s meeting:

¦ The board also approved revisions to the county charter, which will be submitted to the General Assembly for consideration during the 2017 session.

¦ Two retiring local constitutional officers – Treasurer Richard Cordle and Commissioner of the Revenue Joseph Horbal – received resolutions honoring their combined 65 years of service to the county. Their deputies will succeed them on an interim basis until a special election is held next year.

¦ Aaron Bond was formally introduced as the county’s project manager for small business site development. Bond will spearhead the Jump Start program, which provides incentives for starting and expanding small businesses in Chesterfield.

¦ Niagara Bottling expects to begin production at its new Chester facility in March. The California-based company held its first job fair earlier this month at John Tyler Community College and hired 40 people. — JIM McCONNELL

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