New Subdivision?

By: Rachel DePompa
By: Rachel DePompa

New homes could eventually replace some farmland. Harman Reality wants the land on the corner of Port Republic Road and Reservoir Street to be rezoned.

They want to build a 350 home subdivision, with a clubhouse, pool, and other amenities. The houses would be medium to large in size, similar to the harmony subdivision in the county and aimed at families.

"We figure we do general residential and let somebody else take care of student housing so there will not be any student housing proposed for this parcel of land," says Randy Harman.

Harmon also wants 20 acres of the land to be rezoned for a shopping center.

"Our idea is a mini-mall, a strip mall, that would have food vendors, retail vendors, bank vendors," says Harman.

Kelly Burns lives on the corner directly across from the proposed site. He's most concerned about traffic.

"At 5 p.m. you can't get out of this drive way hardly. If they put a business here, I have people pulling in my driveway already, so I figure that will make more people stopping here," says Burns.

But Harman says the subdivision will have three main entrances on three different roads to ease congestion on Port. They will also pay for any stoplights and turning lanes that V-DOT requires.

"Our number one goal is always to create a community that enhances and does not detract from the surroundings we all live in and I think this will definitely be another one of those projects," says Harman.

Even if the subdivision is approved, you won't see 350 houses all at once. They plan to develop the site over the next 15 years.

Harman's holding two public input meeting on Tuesday, July 23 and July 30, from 7-9 p.m. at Harman Construction.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the rezoning request on Aug. 6.

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