The proposed movie theater in Mechanicsville came to a standstill Monday after Hanover Village LLC withdrew their application for a conditional use permit.
“Ultimately, it was the timing of trying to coordinate meeting the hearing deadline … with the necessary extensions caused by the prior deferrals for the movie theater contract and the agreement for the purchase of the land,” said Andrew Condlin, the attorney who represents the applicant.
After being deferred three times, the project was slated to go before the board Dec. 11.
Condlin said they thought the best option was to withdraw the proposal rather than asking to continue it again because “they didn’t think it was fair” to request a continuance. The last time the project was deferred, Condlin said those in opposition thought it was “a strategic move” on the applicants’ part and he does not want that to occur again.
Because of the proposed project area’s “B-3” commercial in the Hanover Village shopping center off Route 360, the applicants were required to obtain a conditional use permit to construct the 12-screen cinema.
They have to get contracts approved from both parties involved – the landowner and Carmike Cinemas Inc. – and, at this time, Condlin said there is not a timeline for when Hanover Village LLC will be able to finalize those contracts.
Despite the consistent growing opposition toward the theater, Condlin and the applicants are not concerned.
“We feel like we can address the opposition,” Condlin said.
The next step for the applicants is to secure those two contracts and develop a construction timeline before they re-file an application.