A commercial development that's coming to the Preston Lake area of Rockingham County may now be more than two times taller than previously planned.
This comes after the developers received a special use permit to lift a height restriction. They feel this decision may increase the value of Rockingham County.
Before the Wednesday night meeting, the height cap for buildings was 45 feet. It has now been increased to 99 feet.
The application was approved without any opposition, and the decision will allow for more elaborate details such as a signature clock tower and steeples that developers would have not been able to complete, because they would stand higher than 45 feet.
Developers say these details are essential in bringing uniqueness to Rockingham County.
"I think the board recognized that beauty and aesthetics and architecture create value, and that's what we're trying to bring to the county instead of just box structures, " say Richard J Kline, president of the Hine Group.
The new development would be located on Route 33 and Massanetta Springs Road. It will have retail uses on the first floor and office and residential space on the second, third and fourth floors. Residents should be able to see some major improvements starting in March 2008.
At the same meeting, Ntelos Wireless Network also had an application that was approved. Ntelos wants to expand its services to Port Republic and Longs Hill areas by way of a giant tower called a slick stick.