WAYNESBORO, Va -- One piece of land is the remnant of a right of way left over from straightening the road decades ago. The owner of the land directly behind it has plans to develop the area.
Waynesboro officials are hesitant to hand the land over as the West End of the city continues to grow. It may be necessary to widen the road in the future.
For the past year, officials have been trying to decide whether or not to give the land over for free, sell it to the interested party for market value or keep it so they will not have to buy it back later.
“Ivy Street's one of the streets that goes out into the county,” said Michael Barnes, a Waynesboro city planner. “Historically, it was a major connection between Staunton and Waynesboro. No, it's not one of our major steets, but it would be sort of fool hearty to give away the right away if we ever needed to use it in the future.”
A public hearing to discuss what should be done with with land is set for the city council meeting Monday night.
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