Mechanicsville Theater project deferred until December

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 9:34 am

The Hanover Board of Supervisors has delayed a proposed 12-screen movie theater in Mechanicsville for a third time. Opponents and supporters will have to wait until Dec. 11 to find out the cinema’s outcome.

The request to delay a decision came from applicants Hanover Village LLC and their attorney Andrew Condlin.

A proposed 12-screen movie theater in Mechanicsville has generating strong opposition. (File photo)

A proposed 12-screen movie theater in Mechanicsville has generating strong opposition. (File photo)

During the Nov. 13 board meeting, Planning Director David Maloney said the delay will allow the applicants’ traffic engineer to address and review comments provided by the county and Virginia Department of Transportation regarding a recent traffic analysis.

Maloney added that there are specific obligations between the applicant and the property owner that also need to be taken care of before anything else goes forward.

The proposal has rustled up a lot of attention from local residents. More than 50 people attended the Nov. 13 meeting, some holding neon-colored signs protesting the theater.

A group in opposition of the project has a Facebook page with 241 likes and a website.  These passionate residents have also set out large signs around the county.

Chairman W. Canova Peterson IV, Mechanicsville District supervisor, pointed out the previous reasons that the theater was deferred in past months, which included performing a traffic analysis, and allowing extra time for review.

“I know a lot of you have come out here for this particular application tonight but in fairness to everybody tonight— the citizens, the applicant and everything— we need to have all the information and we need to have time for you to review it and the results before we act,” Peterson said.

The public will have a chance to weigh in on the movie theater at next month’s meeting.


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